11 interesting facts about Italy

Whether you’re planning your next vacation to Italy or you’re just curious to learn more about this amazing country, here are some interesting facts about Italy that we think you’ll enjoy while reading below.

1.The Italian flag has three colours: green, white and red. It is said that green represents hope, white represents faith, and red signals charity.

2. In the South of Italy you will find Europe’s three active volcanoes: Vesuvius near Naples, Etna on Sicily and Stromboli off the Coast of Italy.

3. Monte Bianco, better known as Mont Blanc, is the highest mountain of Italy with a height of 4.807 meters. 

4.There are only 21 letters in the standard Italian alphabet as the letters J, K, W, X or Y are missing from it.

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5. In Italy you can find the world’s oldest university, the University of Bologna founded in 1088.

6. Italy is the country with the most World Heritage Sites along with China, a total of 55 inscribed properties.

7. Italy welcomes more than 60 million visitors each year.

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8. Italians eat pasta only with a fork, without using a spoon unlike other countries.

9. It is said that tourists throw a great amount of almost €1,000,000 into the Trevi fountain each year, which is collected and donated to charity.

10. The first espresso machine was built and patented by the Italian Angelo Moriondo in 1884.