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Italy is located at the heart Mediterranean, separated from the rest of Europe by the vast sweep of the Alps. The country is a peninsula, shaped very much like a boot. It has a population size of 57.5 million and covers a land area of more than 301,268 square kilometer or approximately 116,320 square miles. This country includes two big off shore island Sicily and Sardinia and The Po is its longest river. Po arcs across the industrialized northern region of Italy and the capital of the country is Rome. Italy has a long stretch of Apennine Mountains that split it down the length.
Northern Italy is a very industrialized region. There are major airline connections link with the rest of Europe through
Verona. Major roads and railways are also linked to cities all over Europe. Within Northern Italy, transport services are very efficient. There are excellent motorways and railways along both sides of the coast and across the region from east to west axis at the foot of Alps.
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The five largest cities of Italy are:
1. Roma (Rome), 2.65 million people
2. Milano (Milan), 1.3 million people
3. Napoli (Naples), 1 million people
4. Torino (Turin), 920,000 people
5. Palermo, 690,000 people
In southern Italy, the transportation hub is in Rome and Naples. Most International Airline services will operate to these two cities. Coastal roads and rail links are good, but transport link are generally slower and less efficient than that in the northern region. There are two trans-Apennine motorways that offer the quickest cross-country routes. The two off-shores islands, Sicily and Sardinia, are connected to the mainland via ferries links.
For many centuries, this country had produced many famous Italians that create a huge impact to the modern world that we live in today. Their legacies are colorful and captivating, mesmerizing scores of people throughout the world. From famous conquerors, to artists, scientists and explorers, their contributions are significant, fascinating and cannot be ignored.
In the 15th century High Renaissance period, the world received many famous and talented Italian artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. Then there are famous Italian writers such as Carlo Collodi, who left us with masterpiece story such as “Pinocchio”. There are also great Italian scientists such Leonardo da Vinci (accomplished both in art and sciences, he conceived the design for a flying machine in 1488, 400 years before the first aeroplane took off) and Galileo Galilei. Notably, spectacles were an Italian invention in the 13th Century. And the world most well known conqueror, Roman general Julius Caesar (whose Roman Legionary march across the Europe), hails from Rome. And who can forget Christopher Columbus, the famous explorer was born in Genoa.
Today, Italian design is well known throughout the world from it stylish and highly desirable form. Whether it is their Ferrari cars or their Gucci fashions, the world cannot have enough of Italian’s fashions
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