Outline of Italy

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The location of Italy

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Italy:

Italyunitary parliamentary republic in South-Central Europe, located primarily upon the Italian Peninsula. It is where Ancient Rome originated as a small agricultural community about the 8th century BC, which spread over the course of centuries into the colossal Roman empire, encompassing the whole Mediterranean Sea and merging the Ancient Greek and Roman cultures into one civilization. This civilization was so influential that parts of it survive in modern law, administration, philosophy and arts, providing the groundwork that the Western world is based upon.

General reference[edit]

An enlargeable basic map of Italy

Geography of Italy[edit]

An enlargeable topographic map of Italy
An enlargeable satellite image of Italy
Crater on Vulcano Island
Mount Vesuvius as seen from the ruins of Pompeii
View of Brescia
Capri from the sea
Piedmont landscape

Geography of Italy

  Switzerland (outline) 740 km
 France (outline) 488 km
 Austria (outline) 430 km
 Slovenia (outline) 199 km
 San Marino (outline) 39 km
  Vatican City (outline) 3 km
  • Coastline: 7,600 km
  • Sharing Adriatic Sea with Croatia

Environment of Italy[edit]

Geographic features of Italy[edit]

Regions of Italy[edit]

Regions of Italy

Administrative divisions types[edit]

Statistical divisions of Italy[edit]

NUTS of Italy

Groups of regions, regions, and provinces of Italy[edit]

Comuni (municipalities) of Italy[edit]
View of Portofino


Demography of Italy[edit]

Demographics of Italy

Neighbors of Italy[edit]

Italy shares its north border with:

Independent states surrounded by Italy (otherwise within Italy's borders) include:

Government and politics of Italy[edit]

Politics of Italy

Branches of the government of Italy[edit]

The Italian parliament in joint session

Government of Italy

Head of State[edit]

Executive branch[edit]

Legislative branch[edit]

Judicial branch[edit]

Foreign relations of Italy[edit]

Foreign relations of Italy

International organization membership[edit]

The Italian Republic is a member of:[3]

Law and order in Italy[edit]

Carabinieri with capes
In 2004 the Polizia di Stato received two Lamborghini Gallardo equipped with V10 engines in the classic blue white livery
Guardia di Finanza police in central Rome

Military of Italy[edit]

Frecce Tricolori, the aerobatic demonstration team of the Italian Italian Air Force

Military of Italy

History of Italy[edit]

Greek temple at Selinunte, built in the 5th century BC
The Roman Forum, the commercial, cultural, and political center of the city at the time of the Roman Republic
Castel del Monte, a 13th-century citadel and castle situated on a hill in Andria

History of Italy

By period[edit]

Timeline of Italian history

By region[edit]

By subject[edit]

Culture of Italy[edit]

Villa Capra "La Rotonda", a fine example of Palladian architecture
A typical Italian vineyard scene, with vines growing together with olive trees
Vittoriale degli italiani, the amphitheatre
Masks at the Carnival of Venice
The Italian tricolor flying at Vittoriano, Rome
Portrait of Dante Alighieri
The School of Athens, a famous fresco by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael
Portrait of Galileo Galilei
The auditorium of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the leading opera and ballet theatre in Italy

Culture of Italy

Art in Italy[edit]

People in Italy[edit]

Ethnic groups in Italy[edit]

Religion in Italy[edit]

Monumental façade of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the world's largest Christian church
Milan Cathedral, the fourth-largest church in the world
Florence Cathedral: Brunelleschi's Dome, the nave, and Giotto's Campanile as seen from the South

Religion in Italy

Sport in Italy[edit]

Giancarlo Fisichella, the most recent Italian racing driver to win a Formula One Grand Prix

Sport in Italy

Football in Italy[edit]

The Italian national football team, called Azzurri or squadra azzurra for their blue shirts, are the second-most successful national team in the world
Gianluigi Buffon is the most capped player in the history of Italy with 171 caps

Football in Italy

Other sports popular in Italy[edit]

Economy and infrastructure of Italy[edit]

View of Italy at night from the International Space Station
Ferrari 458 Spider, a sports car produced by the Italian manufacturer Ferrari
White Valentino dresses in celebration of Valentino's 45 years in fashion
Rome, one of the most important tourist destinations of the world
Venice, a popular destination
Frecciabianca (left) and Frecciarossa (right) high-speed trains at Milan Central railway station

Economy of Italy

Local economies[edit]

Education in Italy[edit]

University of Bologna, Italy and Europe's oldest university, founded in 1088

Education in Italy

Health in Italy[edit]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ The English name of the Italian state used in the English text of the Treaty of Lisbon.
  2. ^ Istat
  3. ^ "Italy". The World Factbook. United States Central Intelligence Agency. July 15, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2009. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Atlas of Italy

  • Italy travel guide from Wikivoyage
Country profiles
Public institutions