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Float to Western Europe's Highest Peak
Ascending Mont Blanc's snowy ridges doesn't need to be a blister-inducing trek.
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Italy's Unexpected Cultural and Artistic Hub
Venture beyond the ruins of Rome and the beaches of the Amalfi Coast, and discover the intrigues of Milan.
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This Year-Long Video of a Tree Is Surprisingly Action-Packed
Wildlife photographers capture intimate animal footage after 365 days of recording in Italy.
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The Incredible Italian Island You've Never Heard Of
Plan a visit to Ischia, but don't let the secret out.
Inside a Flourishing—and Conflicted—Weed Industry loading...
Inside a Flourishing—and Conflicted—Weed Industry
Hemp and marijuana have been legally grown in Italy for centuries but new challenges are emerging.
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The Fastest Marathon Ever Run
Eliud Kipchoge was just 25 seconds short of breaking the two-hour barrier—but he still made running history.
Museum-Goers Beware: That Ancient Artefact May Be Hot loading...
Museum-Goers Beware: That Ancient Artefact May Be Hot
An archaeological detective is shining light on the sometimes shady business behind museum collections.
Quirky Portraits of One Town's Trash—And the People Who Take Care of It loading...
Quirky Portraits of One Town's Trash—And the People Who Take Care of It
A photographer’s work spotlights waste management workers in southern Italy.
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Violent Volcano Eruption Injures Film Crew and Others
Ten people were injured when Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, erupted with lava, rocks, and hot steam.
Get Sucked Into This Mesmerizing View of a Mud Volcano loading...
Get Sucked Into This Mesmerizing View of a Mud Volcano
Footage taken in the shadow of Europe's most active volcano captured a close-up of this natural phenomenon.
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Travel to Active Volcanoes to Witness the Force of Nature
These geological hot spots are guaranteed to be a blast.
About Italy Facts

Italy consists of a mountainous peninsula in southern Europe extending into the Mediterranean Sea and includes the islands of Sicily, Sardinia, and about 70 other smaller islands. The Alps form Italy's border with France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia. Most of Italy has warm, dry summers and mild winters, with northern Italy experiencing colder, wetter winters. There are some notable active volcanoes: Vesuvius (near Naples), Etna (on Sicily), and Stromboli (north of Sicily).

Fast Facts 

Population: 58,742,000

Capital: Rome; 2,628,000

Area: 301,333 square kilometres (116,345 square miles)

Language: Italian, German, French, Slovene

Religion: Roman Catholic

Currency: Euro

Life Expectancy: 80

GDP per Capita: U.S. $25,100

Literacy Percent: 99

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