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National official language
Bordering country, involved in the South Tyrolean question (dispute for the province of Bolzano)
Bordering country, having as official language one of the two used in the region 'Valle d'Aosta' (Aosta Valley)
Bordering country, with the Italian-speaking community generally known as the 'Istrian Italians'
Bordering country, with an Italian-speaking canton.
Landlocked sovereign country established in 1929 by the Lateran Treaty.
Landlocked sovereign country on the eastern side of the Apennine Mountains.
Italian exclave on Lake Lugano
First national capital city (1861-1865)
Second national capital city (1865-1870)
Country capital city
Monetary unit (adopted in 2002).
Former monetary unit (replaced in 2002).
Color of the Italian flag representing 'hope'.
Color of the Italian flag representing 'charity'.
Color of the Italian flag representing 'faith'.
Typical Italian dish, available in many shapes and varieties: spaghetti, maccheroni, fusilli, ravioli, tortellini, gnocchi, etc
Classic Italian pasta casserole dish, consisting of alternate layers of pasta, cheese, sauce and often other ingredients.
Main city in Southern Italy. Founded as 'Parthenope' in the 8th century BC. Traditionally held as the home of pizza.
City in Tuscany. Famous for the 'Leaning Tower'.
Town on the western flank of Monte Subasio. Birthplace of St. Francis, founder of the Franciscan religious order and patron saint of Italy.
City with the oldest university (founded in 1088).
City located near Rome. Famous for the presence of the Leonardo da Vinci Airport, the busiest in Italy.
Important seaport in northern Italy. Capital city of the region of Liguria. Its Lighthouse, called 'Lanterna', serves as a symbol for the city.
City with the largest Gothic cathedral and the Sforza Castle
Tourist destination on the Italian Riviera. About 20 km from the French border. Location for the main annual Italian Song Festival.
Overlooked by the Ruffo Castle. Traditional site of a Greek mythological sea monster, often mentioned along with Charybdis.
City in Tuscany. Known for its shell-shaped 'Piazza del Campo', famous for hosting the 'Palio' horse race. Birthplace of St. Catherine, patron saint of Italy.
Main city of the northern Tuscan Riviera known as 'Versilia'. Seaside resort famous for the papier-mâché floats of its Carnival.
Famous bathing place, situated on a reef, in the gulf of St. Euphemia. Known for the particular quality of red onions produced in the nearby area.
Popular tourist destination. Located on the peninsula in front of the city of 'Pulcinella'. Famous for the production of 'limoncello' (a digestif made from lemon rinds).
One of the main Italian military and commercial harbours. Located on the eponymous gulf, even known as 'Gulf of Poets'.
At the mouth of a deep ravine, at the foot of Monte Cerreto. Important trading power in the Mediterranean in the past, as capital of one of the Maritime Republics.
One of the leading cities of 'Magna Graecia'. Major tourist centre. Famous for its 'Valle dei Templi' (Valley of the Temples).
Capital city of Tuscany. Worldwide known for Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, Giotto's Campanile, Brunelleschi's Dome, Michelangelo's David, Palazzo Pitti, …
2nd-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.
Largest of the Pelagie Islands. Known for its 'Isola dei Conigli' (Island of Rabbits), egg-laying site for the endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtle.
Island where the French emperor Napoleon I spent his first exile in 1814.
Island on the south side of the Gulf of Naples. Main tourist destination. Location of the sea cave called 'Grotta Azzurra' (Blue Grotto).
Island region, known as 'Trinacria' for its roughly triangular shape.
Largest lake (367.94 km2/142 sq mi).
Lake celebrated by Alessandro Manzoni in his novel 'I Promessi Sposi' (The Betrothed)
Highest mountain (4,810 m/15,782 ft).
Mountain range forming the peninsula's backbone.
Mountain range at the northern boundary.
Longest river (652 km/405 mi).
2nd-longest river (410 km/250 mi). Flowing through the city used by Shaspeare as the location for his tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet'.
3rd-longest river. Flowing through the 'Eternal City'.
River flowing through the city proclaimed as the 'Art Capital of Italy' and known as the 'Jewel of the Renaissance'.
Volcano responsible for the destruction of Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in AD 79.
Small island in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Nicknamed the 'Lighthouse of the Mediterranean' for its constantly active volcano, whose minor eruptions are visible from a distance.
Active volcano on the east coast of Sicily. Also known as 'Mongibello'.
Body of water between Italy and Croatia.
Body of water between Italy and Greece.
Body of water between the Italian Riviera and the French island of Corsica.
Narrow passage between the eastern tip of Sicily and the southern tip of Calabria. The possibility of building a bridge, for years under discussion, is now planned.
Year of the Unification of Italy.
Adminstrative division: number of regions
The present 11th President of the Italian Republic.
The residence of the Italian President.
Worldwide famous mural by Leonardo Da Vinci, covering the back wall of the dining hall at the monastery of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.
World renowned opera house, inaugurated in 1778 in Milan
Traditional iconic 'boat' of Venice
Largest elliptical amphitheatre ever built in the Roman Empire. Originally known as 'Flavian Amphitheatre'.
Fountain in Rome used in 1960 as a set for an iconic scene with Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni, in Federico Fellini's film 'La dolce vita'.
Large film studio in Rome that is considered the hub of Italian cinema.
First Italian Oscar winner as Best Actress in 1955 for 'La Rosa Tatuata' (The Rose Tattoo)
Best Foreign Language Film in 1999, directed and interpreted by Roberto Benigni (Oscar winner as Best Actor).
She received the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1961 for 'Two Women' (La Ciociara) and the Academy Honorary Award in 1991.
Novel by Umberto Eco. Historical murder mystery set in a monastery in the year 1327. Made into a film by Jean-Jacques Annaud with Sean Connery and Christian Slater.
Main fictional character of a famous children's story written by Carlo Collodi in 1881. The Walt Disney's film adaptation in 1940 won two Academy Awards.
Florentine poet, whose greatest work (the Divine Comedy) is considered amongst the foremost literary statements produced in Europe during the Middle Ages.
Navigator from the Republic of Genoa. Maritime explorer for the Crown of Castile. He initiated the process of colonization of the 'New World'.
Merchant from the Venetian Republic. He travelled for 24 years through Asia. Famous his travelogue, 'Il Milione', that introduced Europeans to Central Asia and China.
Continent generally believed to have derived its name from an Italian explorer.
Explorer, whose 1497 discovery of North America is commonly held to be the 2nd European voyage after Columbus' expedition.
Italian Baroque composer and virtuoso violinist. Born in Venice. Nicknamed 'il Prete Rosso' (the Red Priest). Famous his violin concertos known as 'The Four Seasons'.
Italian composer whose operas are among the most frequently performed in the standard repertoire: La bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, etc.
Composer nicknamed 'The Italian Mozart'. His best-known operas include: Il barbiere di Siviglia, La cenerentola, Moïse et Pharaon, Guillaume Tell, etc.
One of the most influential composers of the 19th century. His works are performed in opera houses throughout the world: Nabucco, La Traviata, Aida, Rigoletto, Otello, etc.
One of 'The Three Tenors'. One of the most commercially successful tenors of all time. Well-known for his televised concerts. Recently died in Modena, his birthplace.
Physicist, mathematician, astronomer, etc. Accused of heresy by the Roman Inquisition for his heliocentric view of the universe, he was obliged to recant his theory.
Italian mathematician of the Middle Ages. Best known for the spreading of the Hindu-Arabic numeral system in Europe and for a number sequence named after him.
Electricity measurement named in honor of an Italian physicist.
Italian inventor, known for his development of a radio telegraph system. He shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun.
Italian fashion designer, particularly noted for his menswear. He designed costumes for more than 100 films, among which 'American Gigolo' and 'The Untouchables'.
National most popular sport
City that hosted the Winter Olympics Games in 2006
Italian sports car manufacturer based in Maranello. Widely known for its continued and successful participation in racing, especially in Formula One.
Mountaineer and explorer, renowned for making the first solo ascent of Mount Everest and for being the first climber to ascend all 14 'eight-thousanders'.

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