Italy, the official name is the Italian Republic (Italian.
Repubblica Italiana) - a state in southern Europe, in the center of
the Mediterranean. Member of the European Union and NATO since its
inception, is the third largest economy in the eurozone.
borders with France in the northwest (border length is 488 km),
Switzerland (740 km) and Austria (430 km) in the north, Slovenia in
the northeast (232 km). It also has internal borders with the
Vatican (3.2 km) and San Marino (39 km).
It occupies the
Apennine Peninsula, the extreme northwest of the Balkan Peninsula,
the Padan Plain, the southern slopes of the Alps, the islands of
Sicily, Sardinia and a number of small islands.
there are 55 UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Italy shares the first
place with China in terms of their number.
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Forte Spagnolo was constructed in
1528 on the orders of Viceroy Philibert of Orange after
unsuccessful rebellion against Spanish rule a year before.
Rocca Calascio is situated at a
height of 1550 meters above sea level this tower was
protecting a strategic Navelli valley below.
Aosta Valley (Italy)
Fénis Castle is a medieval castle
located in the Aosta Valley in Italy. It was constructed in
the 13th century.
Mont Blanc is the tallest mountain
in the Alps and also second tallest on the European
Verrès Castle is a medieval castle located in
Challand-Saint-Anselme, Aosta Valley of Italy. Its
construction dates back to the 14th century.
Castel del Monte
Italian castle of Castel del Monte is as much a work of art
as it is a military fortification.
Conversano Castle is
a medieval stronghold located in Bari Province of Italy. It
was constructed in the 11th century by the invading Normans.
Copertino Castle was located in
Copertino, Apulia region of Italy. Its construction dates
back to 16th century.
Lucera Castle if located in Lucera,
Foggia Province in Italy. The castle was constructed in 1233
by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II.
Construction of the medieval Swabian Castle in the Bari
region started in 1132 by Norman king Roger II.
Castle of Melfi is located in Potenza Province in Italy. Its
was erected in the 11th century by invading Normans.
Historic Aragonese Castle is located on the picturesque
island formed from volcanic rock.
Ancient city of Sybaris that became synonymous with richness
and splendor in its time is nothing but few ruins, a mere
shadow of itself.
Island of Capri in the Tyrrhenian Sea was famous travel
destination for Roman nobility as well as European monarch
The name of Castel dell Ovo means 'an egg' in Italian and
the stronghold gets it from the Medieval legend.
Roman town of Pompeii is probably
the most famous victim of a natural disaster was completely
buried with its citizens during a volcanic eruption.
Roman city of Herculaneum is smaller and thus lesser known
town that was destroyed by the same eruption that wiped out
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city buried by mount Vesuvius eruption of
August 24th, 79 AD
Ancient Paestrum is a well preserved
town that was abandoned peacefully due to bad geographical
Canossa Castle is 10th century
castle located in a commune of Canossa 18 km (11 mi) South
of Reggio Emilia in Italy.
Castello di Compiano is
located in Compiano, Parma region in Italy. First citadel
was constructed here in the 9th century.
Ferrara is a historic medieval
region in Emilia- Romagna province of Italy.
Rocca Malatestiana or
Malatestian Rock is a medieval castle constructed in the
14th century that stands in Forlì- Cesena Province of Italy.
Rocca Sanvitale is a medieval castle
situated in Fontanellato, Parma region of Italy. It was
constructed in 13th- 15th century.
Castel Sismondo is located in
Rimini, Romagna in Italy. The construction of the castle
began in 1437 by Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta.
Torrechiara Castle was
constructed in 1413-82 by the orders of Pier Maria II Rossi,
count of San Secondo, in the commune of Langhirano.
Friuli–Venezia Giulia (Italy)
Miramare Castle was constructed in 1860 on the shores of
Gulf of Trieste in North- eastern Italy.
Roman emperor Hadrian
built his villa to commemorate his lover who drowned in the
the city that played a major role in human history for the
past three millenia.
Vatican is an independent city state on the outskirts of
Rome. It is ruled by theocratic government of the Roman
Italan village of Balestrino is an
picturesque ghost town in a Liguria region of Italy
abandoned by its residents after a series of earthquakes.
Certosa di Pavia is a medieval
Roman Catholic Monastery situated 5 mi (8 km) North of
Pavia, Province of Pavia in Italy.
Sirmione Castle is located in a
commune of Sirmione, Lombardy region of Italy. The citadel
was constructed in the 13th century.
Fortress of San Leo
Medieval fortress of San Leo is famous as the last prison
and a death place of Alessandro Cagliostro.
Magnificent underground passages of
Bossea Cave are famous for fossils that were discovered
Gran Paradiso National Park
Gran Paradiso National Park is
located in Aosta Valley and Piedmont. National park covers
an area of 239 sq mi.
Castello della Manta
Castello della Manta is situated in Saluzzo, Piedmont region
of Italy. It was constructed in the 12th century.
Castle of Racconigi
Castle of Racconigi is located in Racconigi, Piedmont region
of Italy. Its construction began in the 11th century.
Former Greek colony and a Roman city
of Agrugento offers some of the best preserved ruins of
temples, private and public buildings.
Segesta is one of the best preserved ancient archeological
sited in Italy located in Trapani province.
Ursino Castle or Castello Ursino is
a medieval stronghold situated in Catania in Sicily Island.
The citadel was constructed between 1239 and 1250 upon
orders of Emperor Frederick II.
Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol (Italy)
Medieval Prösels Castle is located
in South Tyrol province in Italy. The citadel was
constructed in 1279.
Reifenstein Castle is located near Freienfeld,
Bolzano-Bozen region of Italy. It was constructed in 12th
Runkelstein Castle is located near
town of Bolzano in the South Tyrol of Italy. It was
constructed in 1237 by Friedrich and Beral.
Schloss Brunnenburg was constructed in 1250. Its named is
derived from one of its many owners.
Stelvio National Park is
located in the regions of Trentino-Alto Adige, Südtirol and
Lombardia in Italy.
Arcipelago Toscano National Park
Arcipelago Toscano National Park near a town of
Portoferraio, Tuscany is famous for Elbe Island that served
as a prison for French Emperor Napoleon.
Emperor's Castle is situated in Prato, Tuscany province of
Italy. It was constructed in 1240 by Holy Roman emperor
Florence is one of the most
beautiful cities in Italy that is considered to be home of a
Village of San Gimignano is a
medieval hill town in Province of Siena, Tuscany province.
The city preserved its fourteen towers.
Cascata delle Marmore
Magnificent Cascata delle Marmore in
Umbria, Italy is an artificial waterfall created by the
Ancient Roman engineers.
Spoleto is a historic town in Umbria region in Italy. It
origins date back to ancient Roman times.
Cortina d'Ampezzo is an Italian ski
resort situated in the picturesque Dolomitic Alps in the
Veneto region of Northern Italy.
Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park
Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park is located in Veneto region
in the northern Italy. This national park covers an area of
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Lake Garda surrounded by picturesque mountains.
Poveglia is an island in the
Venetian Lagoon that houses an abandoned hospital that is
said to be haunted.
Venice is probably the most unusual
build on several islands of the archipelago in the lagoon.
Italian city of Verona became famous
as a home town of Shakespear's famous playh 'Romeo and
By the beginning of the I millennium BC. e. the
south and center of Italy were inhabited by Italian peoples, one of
which was the Latins. The Latins formed the Latin Union, which
included 30 civitas, the governing bodies of each of which were a
national assembly (comitia or consilia), a council of elders (curiae
or senate) and leaders (Rexes). According to Latin legends,
initially the strongest civitas was Lavrent, then Lavinia
strengthened, then Alba Longa, in the VI century Rome became the
most powerful civitas of the union. After the Samnite wars, by 290,
Rome had made all the other Italian nations dependent on itself.
Part of the lands of the non-Roman provincial population was
transferred to the Romans, Roman settlements were founded - colonies
- thus the Romanization of Italy took place. Under the Roman emperor
Diocletian, a division into provinces was introduced in Italy,
headed by presidents and consuls. After the fall of the Roman Empire
in 476, the king of Italy was proclaimed commander Odoacer, a rug by
birth, but in 493 his possessions were seized by the Ostrogoths, and
he himself was killed.
In 555, Italy was
conquered by Byzantium. The whole territory of Italy was divided
into dukes, led by dukes, who were formally subordinate to the
exarch of Ravenna. In 572, part of the duchies of Italy were
conquered by the Lombards. Byzantium remained the Roman Duchy, the
Duchies of Naples, the Duchy of Amalfi, the Duchy of Calabria, the
Duchy of Pentapol, the Exarchate of Ravenna and the Republic of
Venice, as well as the Sicily Theme (conquered by the Arabs in 956)
and Sardinian judicates. However, the Lombard and Byzantine dukes
increasingly turned into virtually independent rulers.
752, the secular authority of the popes was established in the Duchy
of Rome, the Exarchate of Raven and Pentapolis, which laid the
foundation for the Papal region. In 774, Italy was annexed to the
Frankish state. Only in the south were several Lombard duchies
preserved (Spoletal duchy, Duchy of Benevento, and later the
Principality of Salerno and the Principality of Capua stood out from
them). In 800, the Frankish king Charlemagne proclaimed himself the
new Roman emperor. After the death of his great-grandson Charles III
Tolstoy, civil strife began in the Italian kingdom.
the King of Italy proclaimed the German king Otto I the Great.
However, the power of the king of Italy became nominal, the entire
territory of northern Italy was divided into brands: Tuscan
(Tuscany), Friulian (later Verona) (Venice), Hebrew (was soon
annexed to the Turin brand), Saluzzo, Monferrat, Turin (all four in
Piedmont ), Milan (Lombardy). The stamps were ruled by margraves,
each of whom was actually a sovereign ruler.
in the XI-XII centuries, most brands fell into communes, which were
aristocratic city-states. The Tuscan brand completely disintegrated,
the Verona brand was absorbed by Venice, the Turin brand was annexed
to Savoy in 1091, only Saluzzo and Monferrat have survived from the
previous brands. In some Tuscan communes, democratic elements were
In 1071, the Norman nobleman
Robert Guiscard conquered Apulia and Calabria, in 1072 Sicily, in
1073 Amalfi, in 1078 Salerno, forming the Duchy of Apulia and
Calabria and the County of Sicily, which united in 1130 into the
Kingdom of Sicily. In 1135, the Principality of Capua passed under
his authority, in 1140 - the Duchy of Gaet, in 1144 - the Duchy of
Naples. At the same time, the Papal Region is also strengthening -
in 1081 the Duchy of Benevento joins it, and in 1201 - the Duchy of
The beginning of the Renaissance in
Italy is considered to be the year 1401, when a competition was held
for the relief of the doors of the Florentine Baptistery. Among the
participants of the competition were the architect Filippo
Brunelleschi, who became the author of the design of the dome of the
Florentine cathedral, and the sculptor Lorenzo Ghiberti. The winner
of the competition was the master of the new era of Ghiberti.
By the 15th century, the communes of Tuscany were united around
Florence into the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, Lombardy was united around
Milan into the Duchy of Milan, Romagna was united around Ferara into
the Duchy of Duchy, all these states were monarchies. Aristocratic
republics remained in Venice and Genoa. In the 16th century, the
domination of Spain was consolidated in a large part of Italy, and
after the war for the Spanish Succession of 1701-1714, the
domination of the Austrian Habsburgs.
In 1797, the French Army entered Italy, the Cispadan Republic,
the Transpadan Republic, the Venetian Republic, the Ligurian
Republic, the Piedmont Republic, the Roman Republic, the Neapolitan
Republic were formed, all were oligarchic republics. In the same
1797 they merged into the Cisalpine Republic, renamed in 1802 the
Italian Republic, which in turn was transformed into the Kingdom of
Italy in 1805, the king of which was Emperor of France Napoleon I.
In 1814, the French army left Italy, were the Duchy of Modena was
restored, the Duchy of Parma, the Kingdom of Naples and the Papal
States were restored in 1799, the Kingdom of Sardinia was returned
to Piedmont, Emilia - to the Papal States, Lombardy and Veneto -
The struggle for a united Italy was led
by the carbonaries, Young Italy and other organizations, in which
Giuseppe Garibaldi and Giuseppe Mazzini were key figures. By the end
of 1860, Italy was largely united around the Sardinian kingdom
(since 1861 the Italian kingdom). In 1865-1870, the capital was
Florence, in 1870 Rome was annexed to the Italian kingdom, which
became the new capital.
XX and XXI centuries
In 1914, the
Declaration of Italy on neutrality in the outbreak of World War II
was signed. In April 1915, Italy signed an agreement with the
Entente countries on their participation in the war. In May of that
year, Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary, and then Germany. In
August 1917, an anti-war uprising of workers in Turin took place in
Italy. In January 1919, the formation of the Catholic People's Party
(subsequently - the Christian Democratic Party). In March 1919, the
fascist movement emerged (the formation of the first “military
alliance”). In August 1919, an election reform was carried out in
the country (introduction of voting on party lists and a
proportional system of representation in the Chamber of Deputies).
January 1921 was marked by the formation of the Communist Party of
Italy (KPI, since 1944 - IKP). In November of the same year, the
fascist “military alliances” were transformed into a party.
In 1922, after the campaign of the black shirts to Rome and the
presentation of their demands to the king, the Nazis came to power
and established a dictatorship led by Benito Mussolini (1922-1943).
February 7, 1924 is the establishment of diplomatic relations
between Italy and the USSR. In 1929, according to the Lateran
Treaty, Italy guaranteed the sovereignty of the Vatican. In
1935-1936 Italy captured Ethiopia, in 1939 - Albania. Having entered
into a military alliance with Nazi Germany and Japan, Italy entered
World War II in 1940. In 1940, hostilities began with the
participation of Italy in the Balkans (against Greece and
Yugoslavia). In 1941-1943, Italy accepted complicity in Nazi
aggression against the USSR; Italy soon suffers a military defeat in
Despite the fact that historically Italy was not
inherent in anti-Semitism, 1937, when the Hitler coalition began to
form, is considered to be the starting point of the Holocaust in
1941 was marked by the declaration by Italy and
Germany of the US war.
In July 1943, the United States,
Britain and their allies landed in Italy with the aim of defeating
the fascist troops and leaving Italy from the war. On September 3,
the Italian government signed a ceasefire, on September 8, 1943,
Italy surrendered to the United Nations, and a National Liberation
Committee was created in Rome with the participation of 6
In September 1943, there was a Nazi
occupation of Northern and Central Italy (the "Republic of Salo").
In June 1944 Rome was liberated; a single partisan party was
created. In the same year, full diplomatic relations with the Soviet
Union were restored. In December 1944, the Roman Protocols were
signed (an agreement between the Anglo-American command and the
Resistance forces on cooperation at the final stage of the war and
the further fate of partisan formations).
In 1945, the Nazi
regime of Mussolini was overthrown by the actions of the Resistance
movement (the highest point was the April Uprising of 1945) and the
Anglo-American forces in Italy. By the 21st century, Italy is not as
strongly condemned as Germany in Germany by the gloomy pages of its
history related to fascism, admirers of Mussolini's ideology have
survived, some continue to honor the memory of the Duce, and a
fascism museum was opened in his homeland in Preappio in 2016,
funded, in addition to city authorities and sponsors, also the
Italian government. This memorial caused a mixed reaction from
society, despite the guarantees that the museum would not be engaged
in the propaganda of fascist ideology.
In 1946, following a
national referendum, Italy became a parliamentary republic.
In November 1947, the Constitution of the Italian Republic was
adopted, it officially entered into force on January 1, 1948.
According to the current Constitution of Italy, it is the legal
successor of the Kingdom of Italy, a parliamentary board is
established, and at the same time, the previously adopted laws and
property rights to real estate that are not recognized as invalid.
Between 1948 and 2015, constitutional amendments were introduced
more than 15 times.
After the Second World War, the Christian
Democratic Party of Italy (CDP) was established in the political
arena, which formed the governments in 1945-1981 and in 1987-1992.
In 1948, parliamentary elections were held, which consolidated
until 1953 the establishment of the political dominance of the CDA.
In June 1948, Prime Minister De Gasperi signed an agreement with the
United States to extend the "Marshall Plan" to Italy.
1949 - Italy joins NATO. In 1960, neo-fascism intensified and the
mass anti-fascist movement rose. 1969 - “Hot Autumn” (the struggle
for new conditions of collective labor agreements and the expansion
of the rights of workers' organizations).
The late 1960s and
early 1970s in Italy marked the onset of an era of organized crime
and political extremism. The country was shocked by numerous
terrorist attacks, in many cities there were regular bombings,
abductions and killings of politicians, businessmen, judges, police
and journalists. During 1977, 2128 acts of political violence were
committed in Italy. In 1978, a world-wide crime took place in Rome -
the abduction and murder by terrorists from the "Red Brigades" of
the former prime minister, chairman of the Christian Democratic
Party, Aldo Moro. In 1979, 2150 terrorist attacks were carried out
in the country. In August 1980, the bloodiest terrorist attack in
the entire post-war history of Italy took place - terrorists blew up
a station in Bologna, killing 85 people. Italy was threatened by a
right-wing dictatorship (similar to the pro-fascist regime of the
"black colonels" in Greece), but the country overcame the crisis by
1976-1979 - the policy of "national
In 1980, the five-party coalition came to power.
In 1988, in terms of purchasing power parity, Italy was slightly
ahead of the USSR, entering in the top ten most developed countries
in the world in economic indicators.
January 1991 was marked
by the 20th Congress of the IKP and the cessation of its existence
(the formation of the Democratic Party of the Left Forces and the
Party of the Communist Reconstruction). 1991-1993 - transition from
a proportional electoral system to a majority; Operation Clean Hands
and the crisis of traditional government parties.
Italy acceded to the Maastricht Treaty.
The sharp increase in
corruption at all levels of government has led to a change in the
electoral system. On August 4, 1993, a new law on parliamentary
elections was approved.
The post-war history of Italy is
characterized by a frequent change of government. Since 1994, Silvio
Berlusconi four times became Prime Minister of Italy, held this post
intermittently until November 2011.
In 2007, a large-scale
reform of special services was carried out in Italy.
Government of the Italian Republic began work on February 22, 2014,
chaired by Matteo Renzi. Since December 12, 2016, after Renzi’s
resignation caused by a failure in the constitutional referendum,
the same government was headed by Paolo Gentiloni.
parliamentary elections in March 2018, a new government was formed
for more than two months. The 65th Government of the Italian
Republic has been operating since June 1, 2018 under the
chairmanship of Giuseppe Conte.