for the city of her birth,
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.
With almost 40 million visitors per year, Italy has
the most hotel rooms of any other nation in Europe.
The average Italian eats about a half a pound of bread
a day, and drinks 26 gallons of wine a year.
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.
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".
Nightingale, famous for establishing modern nursing,
was named for the city of her birth.
Most Italian-Americans can trace their roots to Naples
from which thousands immigrated to the U.S. in the late
Naples originally introduced the world's most popular
fast food - pizza.
The world's smallest sovereign entity is the Sovereign
Military Order of Malta. Located in Rome, it has the
area of two tennis courts.
Canned herring are called sardines because the canning
process was first developed in Sardinia.
first canned in Sardinia
off the Italian coast....
Cantaloupes are said to be named after the papal gardens
of Cantalupo, Italy.
The people of Ivrea, Italy celebrate the beginning of
Lent by throwing oranges at one another.
Located in Palermo, Sicily
the International Puppet Museum boasts a collection
of more than 6,000 puppets.
The popular ciao salute for "hello"
or goodbye" comes from the old Italian expression
schiavo meaning "at your service."
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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