Pizza is probably the most famous Italian dish, it was invented in Napoli/Naples around 1860. Italian cuisine is popular around the world. Other dishes such as spaghetti and lasagne all come from Italy. These are all my favorite food. Check back Monday for the Best Italian Spaghetti Recipe.
Join me today for a tour of Italy with some Italy Trivia. Italy’s nickname is “Bel Paese” which means beautiful country in Southern Europe.
1. Italy is officially known as the Italian Republic with Rome being it capital, which is often called “Eternal City”. It also Italy’s biggest city.
2. The country has a long history and was founded in 753 BC. After the Roman Empire broke down in 395 AD, there were many separate kingdoms and city states. However, Italy became one nation only in 1861 and since then includes the islands of Sicily and Sardegna.
3. Vatican City and San Marino are very small independent states located inside Italy.
St. Peter’s is a church in the Renaissance style located in the Vatican City. Construction of the present basilica, replacing the Old St. Peter’s Basilica of the 4th century, began on 18 April 1506 and was completed on 18 November 1626.
The Pantheon is one of the best-preserved of all Roman buildings. It has been in continuous use throughout its history, and since the 7th century, the Pantheon has been used as a Roman Catholic church.
4. The Sistine Chapel is a large and renowned chapel of the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, is a cornerstone work of High Renaissance art.
5. The highest mountain of Italy can be found in the Alps. It is the Monte Bianco, better known as Mont Blanc, which is 4,807m. There are many long and deep lakes in the North of Italy, before the country flattens into the Po Valley. The Po is Italy’s longest river.
6. Venice is a city in northeastern Italy. It’s a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. Located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline, between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. The city in its entirety is listed as a World Heritage Site.
7. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a world famous free standing bell tower. It was originally designed to stand up straight but began leaning over time. Work began on the Leaning Tower of Pisa back in 1173 and featured a lengthy building process.
8. The famous Colosseum in Rome was built over 2000 years ago. It was the largest amphitheatre built during the Roman Empire and could seat around 50000 people. It was home to many performance and gladiatorial contests.
9. Tuscany is a region in central Italy and is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy, wine and food.
10. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and a region of Italy. Its most prominent landmark is Mount Etna, which at 10,890 ft. is the tallest active volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world.
FYI: Gelato ice-cream is an Italian invention, created in the late 1500’s.
Next week’s Wednesday Around the World Trivia will be in France.
Anyonita Nibbles will be taking over for me
while I’m on a Girl’s Trip with my Mom, daughter, sister-in-law, and neice. I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
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