34 Italy – Did You Know Facts
Following 34 Italy interesting facts might be travel news or nothing new for you, but it’s worth reading.
1.With 61 million inhabitants, Italy is the 5th most populous country in Europe.
2. Italy is home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites with 50.
3. Italy has more volcanoes than the other European countries. There is a fault line in the tectonic plates under the country.
4. The ice cream cone was invented by the Italian.
5. The Espresso was invented by an Italian who did so to reduce breaks.
6. The Italians invented the Thermometer.
7. They also invented the typewriter.
8. Italians invented Pizza and ice cream
9. The Italian mafia accounts for 7% of Italy’s GDP
10. Italy is the largest producer of wine in the world
11. Located within Italy, San Marino is the world’s oldest republic (301 A.D.) and holds the world’s oldest continuous constitution.
Fortress of Sand Marino
12. In Italy, “pepperoni” refers to bell peppers. There’s no Italian salami by that name.
13. One-third of Italians have never used the Internet
14. More than a third of single Italian men between the ages of 30 and 35 live with their parents.
15. Parma in Italy is where the Parmesan cheese originated.
16. 51% of Italians can’t afford a vacation.
17. Italian Traffic Police has two Lamborghini Gallado in service.
18. 500,000 Italians visit an exorcist every year.
19. Whatsapp is cited in nearly half of all Italian divorce proceedings.
20. In Italy, there is a submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ of 2.5 metres tall.
21. Galileo’s middle finger is on display at a museum in Florence, Italy.
22. At age 10, Mussolini was expelled from a religious boarding school in Italy for stabbing a classmate in the hand.
23. In Venice, Italy, all gondolas are required to be painted in black by law.
Traditional Venice gondola must be black
24. Poveglia is an island in Italy that is so dangerously “haunted” that public access is not permitted.
25. In Milan, Italy, it’s a legal requirement to smile at all times, except during funerals or hospital visits.
26. In 2013, an Italian man under house arrest asked to go to prison to escape his wife.
27. Italian artist Piero Manzoni filled 90 tin cans with his feces, called it “Artist’s sh*t” and sold them for up to €124,000 a tin.
28. A cat inherited a US$13 million fortune from its owner in Italy.
29. Italian serial killer Leonarda Cianciulli was famous for turning victims into tea cakes and serving them to guests.
30. In 2012, a court in Italy ruled that telling a man he has “no balls” is a crime, punishable with a fine.
31. Tomatoes came from America and weren’t introduced in Italy until the 1540s.
32. The world’s oldest university in continuous operation is the University of Bologna, in Italy, founded in 1088.
Oldest University- University of Bologna
33. In 2008, wine started flowing through taps in dozens of homes during a grape festival in Italy due to a technical error.
34. There’s a restaurant built into a grotto in Italy.