[dropcap]I[/dropcap]taly is a very interesting place and today we’re going to show you some of the lesser known and more interesting aspects of life in the land of pizza and gondolas.
Here are the facts, read on!
-The mafia accounts for 7% of Italy’s GDP. In spite of that (or maybe because of it?), it has the 8th largest economy in the world.
-In Venice, all the gondolas are legally required to be painted black.
-In Italy, pepperoni refers to bell peppers. There is no Italian sausage that goes by that name.
-Tomatoes actually came from America and weren’t introduced to Italy until the 1500s.
-Founded in 1088, the University of Bologna is the oldest university in the world that is still in operation.
-Italy has more UNESCO world heritage sites than any other country with 50.
-Founded in 301 AD, San Marino is the world’s oldest republic and it is completely surrounded by Italy.
-WhatsApp has been cited in nearly 50% of Italian divorce proceedings.
-Galileo’s fingers are on display at a museum in Florence.
-The Vatican City, another country contained entirely within Italy, is the only nation that can lock its gates at night.