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Italy

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Italy (Italian: Italia [iˈtaːlja]), officially the Italian Republic (Italian: Repubblica Italiana), is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and Vatican City. Italy covers an area of 301,338 km2 (116,347 sq mi) and has a largely temperate seasonal climate or Mediterranean climate; due to its shape, it is often referred to in Italy as lo Stivale (the Boot). With 61 million inhabitants, it is the third most populous EU member state. Since classical times, ancient Phoenicians and Greeks, Etruscans, and Celts have inhabited the south, centre and north of the Italian Peninsula respectively, with various Italic peoples dispersed throughout Italy alongside other ancient Italian tribes and Greek, Carthaginian, and Phoenician colonies. The Italic tribe known as the Latins formed the Roman Kingdom, which eventually spread throughout Italy, assimilating and conquering other nearby civilisations and forming the Roman Republic. Rome ultimately emerged as the dominant power, conquering much of the ancient world and becoming the leading cultural, political, and religious centre of Western civilisation. The legacy of the Roman Empire is widespread and can be observed in the global distribution of civilian law, republican governments, Christianity and the Latin script. During the Middle Ages, Italy suffered sociopolitical collapse amid calamitous barbarian invasions, but by the 11th century, numerous rival city-states and maritime republics rose to great prosperity through shipping, commerce, and banking, and even laid the groundwork for capitalism. These independent city-states and regional republics, acting as Europe's main port of entry for Asian and Near Eastern imported goods, often enjoyed a greater degree of democracy in comparison to the monarchies and feudal states found throughout Europe at the time, though much of central Italy remained under the control of the theocratic Papal States, while Southern Italy remained largely feudal, partially as a result of a succession of Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Spanish, and Bourbon conquests of the region. The Renaissance began in Italy and spread to the rest of Europe, bringing a renewed interest in humanism, science, exploration, and art with the start of the modern era. Italian culture flourished at this time, producing famous scholars, artists, and polymaths such as Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli. Explorers from Italy such as Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, and Giovanni da Verrazzano discovered new routes to the Far East and the New World, helping to usher in the European Age of Discovery. Nevertheless, Italy's importance as a hub of commercial and political power significantly waned with the opening of trade routes from the New World, as New World imports and trade routes became more influential in Europe and bypassed the East Asian...   ... (English)
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Italië - Nederlandse -> English  
Италия - Русский -> English  
Italie - Français -> English  
Włochy - Polska -> English  
Італія - Український -> English  
Italia - Italiano -> English  Español -> English  Norske -> English  Suomalainen -> English  
イタリア - 日本語 -> English  
Itàlia - Català -> English  
Itálie - České -> English  
Италија - Српска -> English  
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Italija - Lietuvos -> English  
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Roma Termini tren geltokia
Roma Termini tren geltokia
Iñaki Lasa Rodríguez
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Stazione Termini
Stazione Termini
Antonio Biondi
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Roma Stazione Termini 1989-© by leo1383
Roma Stazione Termini 1989-© by leo1383
leo1383
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Santa Maria di Maggiore
Santa Maria di Maggiore
Markus Källander
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Bazylika Santa Maria Maggiore - Kaplica Betlejemska - szczątki żłobka -Rzym
Bazylika Santa Maria Maggiore - Kaplica Betlejemska - szczątki żłobka -Rzym
romulus111
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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore night view
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore night view
GuoJunjun
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L'attesa - Love waiting -  gillos
L'attesa - Love waiting - gillos
gillos - sergio
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