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Interesting Facts About Italy And The Italian Culture

Just like every other culture in the world, there are interesting facts. Italy, one of the worlds richest history-filled countries has a lot of interesting things that have happened since the dawn of time. Here are some of the most interesting Italian facts you can find.

  1. October is national pasta month, which was the month Christopher Columbus was born.

  2. There are over 350 different types of pasta in the world today.

  3. The pizza comes from the city of Naples, Italy.

  4. Italy is slightly larger than the US state of Arizona.

  5. Italians, on average eat around 30 kg (66 pounds) of pasta and drink 60 liters of wine per year .

  6. Italy manufactures most of the world's top sports cars - Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Maserati and Alfa Romeo being some of the most popular.

  7. The thermometer is an Italian invention.

  8. The average Italian consumes a half a pound of bread a day.

  9. The ice cream cone is an Italian invention.

  10. There are more hotel rooms in Italy than any other nation.

  11. The Bellini was invented sometime between 1934 and 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy.

  12. The "Promessi Sposi" is Italy's literature equivalent of Rome and Juliet.

  13. The opera was born in Italy.

  14. Vatican City is the only nation in the world that can lock its own gates at night. It has its own phone company, radio, T.V. stations, money, and stamps. It even has its own army, the historic Swiss Guard.

  15. Rome is the largest city in Italy.

  16. The national anthem of Italy is Inno de Memeli.

  17. There are many "Mafia" organizations in Italy. The Mafia (known as "Cosa Nostra") is only one of them and is based in Sicily. Camorra and Ndrangheta are the other bigger organizations.

  18. Rome’s first university, La Sapienza (est. A.D. 1303), is the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world.

  19. Christopher Columbus, although usually thought of as Spanish, was actually born in the northern Italian port city of Genoa.

  20. St Peter's Balisca in Rome is the largest Christian church in the world. Its construction took 120 years (1506-1626).


Italian Bakeries and Pastry Shops in the North End of Boston, MA

A - Mikes Pastry - 300 Hanover St, Boston, MA - (617) 742-3050
B - Napoli Pastry Shop -120 Salem St, Boston, MA - (617) 742-0809
C - Modern Pastry - 257 Hanover St, Boston, MA - (617) 523-3783
D - Maria's Pastry Shop - 46 Cross St, Boston, MA - (617) 523-1196
E - Cafe Roma Pastry Shop - 239 Hanover St, Boston, MA - (617) 742-0124
G - Tarani Pastry Shop - 111 Salem St, Boston, MA - (617) 624-0222