Historical LandmarksFlorence Cathedral (The Duomo) Leaning Tower of Pisa Trevi Fountain Trevi Fountain is located The Florence The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a in Rome, Italy and is one Cathedral is the freestanding bell tower located of the most famous cathedral church of behind the Florence Cathedral . fountains in the world. It Florence, Italy. The The tower is 183.7 ft tall from the is believed that you throw Cathedral was ground. The construction took 3 a coin in the fountain you begun 1296 and sections over 177 years. are ensured another trip was completed in to Rome. 1436.
Geographic Landmarks Monte Bianco Lake Garda Mount EtnaMont Bianco, meaning, Lake Garda is the largest “White Mountain”, is Mount Etna is an active lake in Italy and is locatedthe highest mountain in stratovolcano located on in Northern Italy. The lake the Alps, Western the east coast of Sicily. is easily accessible via the Europe and the Mount Etna is the tallest Brenner Pass, making the European Union. active volcano in Europe, lake a major tourist The mountain lies standing 10,922 ft high. destination. between the regions of Aosta Valley, Italy, and Haute-Savoie, France.
Cultural Landmarks The Mausoleum of Hadrian is aVenice is a city towering cylindrical building in Piazza Maggiore is a squarelocated in northeast Rome, Italy. It was ﬁrst used as in Bologna, Italy. It was mausoleum, but now is used as a created in the 13th century.Italy. In 2009, 270,098people residing in museum.Venice. Venice is thecapital of the VenetoRegion.
FoodEach region in Italy has their own cuisine.Italian food ranges anywhere from seafood, to veal, to pizza.
SportsBocce is a ball sport and has a common ancestry from ancientgames played in the Roman Empire.It developed to its present form in Italy.Bocce is the plural form of boccia, which means bowl inItalian.Bocce is usually played on natural soil or asphalt with a metalor plastic ball.
Sports Cont.Rugby, Cricket, and Cycling are all popular sports as well.
FestivalsThe Carnival of Venice is held in Venice, Italy and starts 58days before Easter and ends one day before Ash Wednesday.The masks were originally worn to talk to others out of theirsocial status more freely.
Traditions/Misc.Weddings - It is good luck for Italians to be married on a Sunday, and it is even betterluck if it is raining. It is also good luck to release white doves during the ceremony andsome couples choose to have the dove cage built into the cake and released when they cutthe cake.Baptisms - The actual ceremony is rather short but the celebration lasts all day. Religionplays a big role when a child is born. Most babies are baptized in a Roman Catholicceremony. The godparents of the baby play a huge role in the family and the godmotherbuys the outﬁt of the child and dresses him/her before the ceremony.
Current EventsOn Friday 13 January 2012 the Costa Concordia struck a rockin the Tyrrhenian Sea near the western coast of Italy.All but 32 of the 3,229 passengers and 1,023 were saved.
Current Events cont.2/18/2012 Pope Benedict appoints 22 new cardinals.8/24/2011 Marco Simoncelli dies in Malaysia Grand Prix.Arrests made in Italy after discovery of $6 trillion fake U.S.bonds