Renowned for its food and culture, Italy has some of the largest influences on the global food scene. With a large historic background as well, this article will look at ten things you didn’t know about Italy.
10. Ageing population
In terms of European countries with the oldest populations, Italy has the oldest. 23.4% of the population is over 65, which could be attributed to higher life expectancy rates in the country.
9. National dish
With so many globally loved dishes, it is hard to guess what the national dish would be. Ragu alla Bolognese, or Bolognese as it is more simply known, is the national dish of the nation. With such widespread popularity, it isn’t hard to see why.
While many countries have an extremely mixed religious population, Italy has a predominantly Catholic population. Some estimates suggest that as many as 83.3% of the country identify as Catholic.
7. Wine fountain
We all know that wine is a common pairing for many Italian dishes, but did you know there is a fountain in Italy that provides free wine 24/7? Found in the Abruzzo region, visitors can drink free wine around the clock.
While global corporations dominate the majority of countries, Italy has retained a strong family-owned business culture.
5. Telephone dispute
While many people would attribute the invention of the telephone to Scotsman Alexander Graham Bell, this is disputed by some Italians. Antonio Meucci is believed to have begun work on a telephone in 1849, however he was unable to upkeep the costs of the patenting process.
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We all know about the famed eruption of Mount Vesuvius but did you know that the country has more than one active volcano? Mount Vesuvius, Mount Etna and the island of Stromboli are all continuously active volcanoes.
Most people could sit and name a large list of different pasta shapes. In Italy, there are actually over 400 unique forms of pasta that come from across the country.
By population, Italians consume some of the highest amounts of coffee globally. On average, Italians drink coffee four times a day with 97% of the population consuming this high level of coffee.