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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.
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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.
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Pork Clock: Sundial Shaped Like Ham Was Roman Pocket Watch
A new 3-D model of a portable sundial found near Pompeii is helping researchers understand how to operate the "pork clock."
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7 Luxury Travel Trends for 2017
Lux is in flux, says Urban Insider Annie Fitzsimmons. Here’s what to know.
One of Earth's Most Dangerous Supervolcanoes Is Rumbling loading...
One of Earth's Most Dangerous Supervolcanoes Is Rumbling
Italy's Campi Flegrei may be awakening from a long slumber, scientists warn.
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Tragedy Strikes Hundreds of Migrants Bound for Italy
Chilling photographs show a desperate journey across the Mediterranean.
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Astronauts Embark on a Training Mission Deep Beneath the Earth
A sprawling network of caves in Italy allows would-be space travelers to learn teamwork as they explore a strange new world.
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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