Map of Italy www.enchantedlearning.com/europe/italy/Italy_color.GIF
A Few Facts About Italy
The capital of Italy is Rome
The population of Italy is 58,147,733.
The language they speak is Italian.
The money they use is the euro.
Italy is a member of the European Union.
Let’s visit some important cities in Italy. Rome www.galenfrysinger.com The Colosseum
More famous sights in Rome Arch of Titus Trajan’s Column Arch of Constantine www.galenfrysinger.com
Florence Views of the city www.galenfrysinger.com
Venice In Venice the streets are waterways that people travel by gondola. www.galenfrysinger.com
Some of Italy’s Important People
Michelangelo (click on his name to find out more)
Galileo - a scientist and astronomer
Leonardo da Vinci (click on his name to find out more)
Picasso - a famous artist (click on his name to try some artwork)
Joe DiMaggio - baseball player (click on his name to try a little baseball)
What Italian Kids Do
In the winter kids go skiing, sledding and snowboarding in the mountains. In the summer they enjoy the many lakes for swimming and boating. Many people go to the beaches. Kids in Italy love soccer, bicycling, ball games, going to movies and surfing the Internet.
Famous Sights in Italy The Ancient City of Pompeii (Click on the pictures to see more of Pompeii. www.galenfrysinger.com/pompeii.htm Pompeii was built in 600 BC.
Lake Garda www.galenfrysinger.com/lake_garda.htm www.destination360.com/europe/italy/mount-etna.php Mt. Etna This is the most active volcano in the world.
Pisa - the Leaning Tower www.destination360.com/europe/italy/pisa.php www.comp.dit.ie/dgordon/Lectures/Hum1/031024/031024pantheon.jpg The Pantheon in Rome (click on the picture to see more)
Vatican www.destination360.com/europe/italy/vatican-museum.php Sistine Chapel www.destination360.com/europe/italy/sistine-chapel.php The Sistine Chapel is inside the Vatican Museum and is the work of artist Michelangelo.
Italian Culture and Life
There are many carnivals and festivals with colorful costumes and parades.
Italians enjoy watching motor races like the Grand Prix in Milan.There are also bicycle races.
Much of Italy is farmland where they grow fruits, vegetables, grapes and olives.
The cities are very crowded and many families live in apartments.
Italy has open air markets as well as fancy designer shops.
Books to Read Look What Came From Italy . Miles Harvey. Franklin Watts. 1998. Discovering Cultures – Italy . Margaret Gay Malone, 2003. Marshall Cavendish Corporation. Italy: A Portrait of the Country Through Its Festivals and Traditions . Grolier. 1999. Italy ABCs . Sharon Katz Cooper. Picture Window Books. 2006. What’s It Like to Live in Italy? Jillian Powell. Hodder Wayland. 2003.