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Florence Nightingale
Named for the city of her birth,
Florence Nightingale,


1. Although ancient Rome ruled most of the known world in ancient times, Italy's modern boundaries encompass a territory slightly larger than the U.S. state of Arizona.

2. With almost 40 million visitors per year, Italy has the most hotel rooms of any other nation in Europe.

3. The average Italian eats about a half a pound of bread a day, and drinks 26 gallons of wine a year.

4. Every day about 3,000 Euro are thrown into the Trevi Fountain in Rome and collected at night to be given to a charitable organization.

5. The imperial city's monogram SPQR can be found inscribed on many of Rome's ancient buildings, in Latin meaning "the senate and people of Rome".

6. Florence Nightingale, famous for establishing modern nursing, was named for the city of her birth.

7. Most Italian-Americans can trace their roots to Naples from which thousands immigrated to the U.S. in the late 19th century.

8. Naples originally introduced the world's most popular fast food - pizza.

9. The world's smallest sovereign entity is the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Located in Rome, it has the area of two tennis courts.

10. Canned herring are called sardines because the canning process was first developed in Sardinia.

Did You Know?

"Packed like sardines"
first canned in Sardinia
off the Italian coast....


11. Cantaloupes are said to be named after the papal gardens of Cantalupo, Italy.

12. The people of Ivrea, Italy celebrate the beginning of Lent by throwing oranges at one another.

13. Located in Palermo, Sicily the International Puppet Museum boasts a collection of more than 6,000 puppets.

14. The popular ciao salute for "hello" or goodbye" comes from the old Italian expression schiavo meaning "at your service."

15. The very word trivia is Italian - from the plural of the Latin world trivium - meaning the intersection of three roads or some unimportant place.

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