Today I learned about 1700 people in a three-village community in Central Italy that speak a nearly extinct Slavic language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acq…
Venice, Italy has no centralized sewage treatment or modern sewer system. Septic tanks are being added but for the most part, the canals and the tides do the job. Tourists complain about the smell. myvenicelife.com/blogs/ne…
Pizza was invented in Naples, Italy. Since 2004, Italian law insists Neapolitan pizza must include wheat flour, flour yeast, mineral water, peeled tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, sea salt & olive oil to be considered pizza. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
Math Duels were common in Italy in the 1500s. Mathematicians would challenge each other to prove their mental superiority and to win fame and riches along with better salaries and more students. Those who lost would lose their job for the rest of their life as a teacher. historynewsnetwork.org/ar…
San Marino is obliged to use Italy's mint, and is forbidden to cultivate tobacco. In exchange for these limitations, Italy provides San Marino an annual stipend of 250 tonnes of sea salt, 40 tonnes of tobacco and 20 tonnes of cigarettes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Despite arriving in Europe in 1999, starbucks was not allowed to open in Italy until 2018 theguardian.com/food/2020…
In Italy, the Disney movie "Moana" had to change its title to "Oceania" because of a famous porn star with the same name. player.one/disneys-moana-…
After the 1980 Irpina Earthquake hit Southern Italy, the corruption was so bad that only 1/4 of the 40 billion dollar rebuilding fund got spent on relief. The rest got distributed among politicians and the mafia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
During World War II, β€œItaly’s Popolo D’Italia newspaper reported that the Loch Ness Monster had been killed by a direct bomb hit in a German air raid,” when J. MacFarlan-Barrow and his three children saw Nessie while boating in 1941, the Daily Mail made a point that Nessie had survived.” history.com/news/loch-nes…
Today I learned about the Italian Unionist Movement, a party whose goal was the annexation of Italy to the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ita…
Every ten years, the artificial lake Osiglia, in Italy, is drained to maintain the dam and the old medieval village is visible to all. lifeinitaly.com/travel/tr…
Men in Italy that have sex with prostitutes and don’t pay them can be charged with rape. Prostitution is legal there. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/P…
The Italian mafia group β€˜Ndrangheta brought in an estimated 44 Billion Euros in 2007, which was 2.9% of Italy’s entire GDP. With drug trafficking making up nearly 2/3rds of their income, it is estimated that the group imports 80% of Europe’s entire cocaine supply. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%27…
The Battle of Adwa in 1896 saw Ethiopia win a decisive victory against Italy, securing Ethiopia's independence for another 40 years. In that period Ethiopia was hailed as the only surviving African state to defeat a European colonial power in open battle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Despite detailed plans having been made since the 1990s for a suspension bridge crossing the Messina Strait between mainland Italy and Sicily, at its narrowest a distance of approx. 3km, no real construction has ever been started. No bridge or tunnel exists between Sicily and the mainland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
The government of Italy gives its gluten-intolerant (Celiac disease) citizens a stiped of up to 140 euros per month to buy gluten-free food, and special vacation too deserthealthnews.com/stor…
An Italian atheist group wanted to advertise on buses "The bad news is that God does not exist. The good news is you don't need it". When they were refused, they changed it to "The good news is there are millions of atheists in Italy. The excellent news is they believe in freedom of speech" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned about San Marino, the only surviving medieval city-state in the Italian peninsula. Landlocked by Italy, San Marino maintained its independence even through the Italian unification in the 19th century. wikipedia.org/wiki/Histor…
Italy issued some one cent coins with the design for the two cent on them by mistake. Although production was stopped right after the error was discovered, there are still several of the coins around. A collector paid 6,600 Euros for one of them. italymagazine.com/news/on…
The Italian producers of the BMW Isetta made a truck variant of the Isetta that was very popular in Italy. There were many variations of the "Isetta Truck" including a pickup and even a firetruck! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ise…
The five-story Lingotto building in Turin, Italy, was formerly a Fiat factory, and includes a test track on the roof, where cars would be rolled off the assembly line and tested. slate.com/blogs/atlas_obs…
In 1932, Mussolini described antisemitism as a "German vice" and stated that "There was 'no Jewish Question' in Italy and could not be one in a country with a healthy system of government." en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Italy built an entire courthouse to prosecute the Mafia. They charged 475 members in a trial that lasted from 1986-1992. To date, it is one of the biggest trials in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
In 1956 the US ambassador to Italy, Clare Boothe Luce, resigned due to health reasons after suffering from arsenic poisoning. While it was rumored to be the work of the Soviet Union it was found to be from arsenate of lead in paint dust falling from her bedroom ceiling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
In 1796, the citizens of Bologna(Italy) gave the statue of Pope Gregory 13th, a bishop's mitria, a staff, and a plaque calling the statue St. Petronius to deceive an invading Napoleon who wasn't a fan of the pope and might desecrate it. The plan worked. statue is still present in Bologna. statues.vanderkrogt.net/o…
The term "Slapstick Comedy" came from the a comedy style known as β€œCommedia Dell'arte” in 16th-century Italy. The "slap stick" consists of two thin slats of wood, which make a "slap" when striking another actor, with little force needed to make a loud and comical sound. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sla…
Scholars think that Constantinople’s fall in 1453, and the exodus of Greeks to Italy, helped mark the end of the Medieval era and the start of the Renaissance, with the Byzantine intellectuals changing the course of humanism and the Renaissance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
In Italy the installation of a bidet in a bathroom has been mandatory since 1975 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bid…
The 1980 film Airplane! was released as "The Incredible Journey in a Crazy Plane" in Germany; "The Craziest Plane in the World" in Italy; and some variation of "Is There a Pilot on This Plane?" in France, Croatia, and Peru oversixty.asia/entertainm…
The Italian town of Capracotta in Southern Italy set the record for most snowfall in a 24 hour period: 100 inches in 18 hours on March 5th 2015. meteoweb.eu/2015/03/uffic…
In Italy, it's very common for dwarfs to undergo painful limb lengthening surgery (that involves repeatedly breaking bones and pulling them apart over the course of 2-3 years) due to societal pressure. 90% of Italian dwarfs undergo the procedure (in the rest of Europe, the rate is around 8%). vice.com/en_uk/article/pp…
Galileo's Middle finger is on display in the Galileo Museum, in Florence, Italy. The finger is to be interpreted by the viewer as sitting eternally defiant to the church that condemned him or pointing upwards to the sky, where Galileo glimpsed the glory of the universe. atlasobscura.com/places/g…
Today I learned about 'Umarells', a term used in Italy used to describe old men, who watch over construction sites with their hands behind their backs, offering unwanted advice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uma…
Wearable Milk was a huge fashion trend during Mussolini’s Italy atlasobscura.com/articles…
African crested porcupines were introduced to Italy during the late Roman Empire. bmcecolevol.biomedcentral…
In the 1970s there was a coin shortage in Italy, all sorts of things ended up being given as change such as candy, fruit and pencils numismatics.org/pocketcha…
In the 1938 World Cup, Brazil were so sure of winning the semi-final against Italy that they requisitioned the only plane to Paris on the day after the match. After losing to Italy, they refused to sell them the tickets, and the Italian team had to travel from Marseilles to Paris by train en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vit…
In 2012 an 11 year old boy accidentally flew to Rome alone without any money, passports, or boarding passes while running away from his mom in a mall. No one realized until the plane was already halfway to Italy. telegraph.co.uk/news/avia…
In 1941 the President of Haiti declared war on Japan, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania. Only Romania bothered to declare war on Haiti in return. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
A "supercolony" of Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) extends over 6,000km of European coastline from Italy to north-west Spain, and is composed of literally billions of workers from millions of cooperating nests. phys.org/news/2019-06-ama…
The USA navy operates more aircraft carriers than all other navies combined - the USA operates 12, while all other nations operate 11 (China, the UK, and Italy each operate 2, while Russia, France, Spain, India, and Thailand operate one apiece) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The first recorded pizza delivery was in 1889 to Queen Margherita of Savoy. Reportedly, she was tired of courtly fare and requested a local peasant meal; they delivered a white, green, and red pie to symbolize the newly unified Italy's flag. She called it "delicious" and the rest is history. foodandwine.com/news/poli…
Italy's wealthiest man, Giovanni Ferrero, comes from the family that created Nutella spread and also produce Ferrero Rocher, Tic Tac mints, Kinder chocolate and Butterfinger bars. businessinsider.com/giova…
Italian songwriter Al Bano sued Michael Jackson claiming β€œYou Will Be There” was a plagiarism to his little known β€œI cigni di Balaka”. Jackson lost the cause and the album β€œDangerous” was confiscated in Italy. It was later discovered that both songs are inspired by a 1939 hit by the Ink Spots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
A stray cat who survived on the streets of Italy is now one of the wealthiest cats in the world. Tommaso inherited $13 million in 2011 after his owner’s death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Pentagon Building has no marble within it. This is because the Pentagon was built during WW2 amd the source of Marble for the government which was Italy was considered an enemy nation. flightlines.airforcetimes…
French fashion designers Chanel sent two design team members to the remote Fair Isles in Scotland for research purposes. Having purchased two sweaters from Scottish knitwear designer Mati Ventrillon, Chanel proceeded to plagiarise the design for a fashion show in Italy. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
Blue banana is a discontinuous corridor of urbanisation (industry/economy) spreading over Western and Central Europe from Northern England to Northern Italy, with a population of around 111 million en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
Prince Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, grandson of Italy’s last reigning king, now serves Italian food from a Los Angeles food truck called Prince of Venice theguardian.com/us-news/2…
Ethiopia named one of it's cities squares in Addis Ababa after Mexico, because it was one of only 5 countries that refused to recognize Italy's annexation of Ethiopia during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…

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