Italy Facts For Kids

Our all new Italy Facts for Kids page makes it so much easier to find out some quick interesting information about Italy. Even if your an adult and want to find out a few facts on the country, this is the perfect spot for you. View all of our facts about Italy bellow:

  • The only three active volcanoes in Europe (the Etna, the Stromboli and the Vesuvius) are all located in the South of Italy. In fact, Mount Etna is the world’s most active volcano and has been spewing lava on a daily basis since 1999.
  • In regards to tourism, Italy is and has been for some time, the fourth most visited country in the world ? averaging approximately 40 million foreign visitors every year.
  • Italy became a unified nation in the year 1861.
  • Italians love pasta so much that on average, each Italian consumes about 25 kg of pasta annually.
  • More recently, Italy took the title for having the lowest birth and fertility rate in the world.
  • Italy has made many contributions to the scientific community. In fact, the mechanical clock, the barometer, optical glasses, the thermometer and the telephone are all considered to be original Italian inventions.
  • Italy is not lacking in the entertainment department either. The oldest known film festival, took place in Venice in 1932.
  • The largest Christian church in the world (St. Peter’s Basilica) is located in Rome ? the construction for the project took about 120 years (from 1506-1626).
  • Italy is also estimated to have the largest “black economy” in all of Europe.
  • Italy is also home to some of the most famous fashion designers in the world. In fact, Italy is home to more fashion designers than any other country, including: Gucci, Prada, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, just to name a few.
  • Most of the world’s esteemed sports cars such as: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Bugatti ? are all Italian.
  • Italy became a nation in 1861 when King Victor Emmanuel II united the provincial states throughout the peninsula.
  • Italy was a charter county of NATIO.
  • There are more hotel rooms in Italy than any other European country.
  • The climate of Italy is largely Mediterranean, with hot summers and mild winters, though mountainous parts in the north are Alpine.
  • Italy experiences more volcanic activity than anywhere else in Europe, with Mt. Etna and Mt. Vesuvius posing the largest threats to native populations.
  • Italy is the 23rd most populous nation in the world, with a population around 61 million.
  • 68% of the population lives in urban areas.
  • The life expectancy in Italy is 81.77 years.
  • Approximately 90% of Italians profess to be Roman Catholic.
  • Italy is the 43rd wealthiest country per capita in the world, with a media household income just over $30,000 per year.
  • The primary agricultural products of Italy are grapes, potatoes, soybeans, olives and grain.
  • The nation consumes over 1.5 millions barrels of oil a day, which ranks 16th in the world.
  • There are 132 airports in Italy and 6 heliports.
  • 1.8% of Italy’s annual GDP is devoted to its military.
  • Pizza was invented in Naples, Italy in the 1860s.
  • The thermometer was invented in Italy, as were the typewriter and eyeglasses.
  • Dictator Benito Mussolini created a Fascist government in the early 1920s and later joined forces with the Nazis in World War II.
  • Italians consume and average of half a pound of bread each per day.
  • Italy is the fourth most visited country in the world, with over 40 million tourists every year.
  • Italy may seem timeless, however, it actually only became unified in 1861. Therefore, 2011 marks Italy’s 150th anniversary as a nation.
  • In 2010, Italy surpassed France to become the world’s leading wine producer.
  • Most of the population of Italy is Roman Catholic, with over 95% of the country identifying with that religon.
  • Even though most of the country is Catholic, less than a third say they attend church services regularly.
  • Italy is home to many islands, with Sardinia and Sicily being the largest.
  • Italy is surrounded by the sea. In fact, the Italian peninsula is bordered by the Adriatic, Mediterranean, lonian, Ligurian and Tyrrhenean seas.
  • The language of Italy is descended from the Latin language spoken during the days of the Roman Empire.
  • Italy is roughly the size of the state Arizona.
  • The origanal pizza pie dates back to Naples in the 1860s.
  • Any Italian citizen 18 and older can vote in Italy, but to vote for senate members you must be at least 25.
  • The piano was also invented in Italy.
  • The city of Rome dates back to 7530 B.C.
  • The colors of the Italian flag represent the three virtues of faith (white), hope (green) and charity (red).
  • Italy became a nation in 1861 when King Victor Emmanuel II united the provincial states throughout the peninsula.
  • Italy was a charter county of NATIO.
  • There are more hotel rooms in Italy than any other European country.
  • The climate of Italy is largely Mediterranean, with hot summers and mild winters, though mountainous parts in the north are Alpine.
  • Italy experiences more volcanic activity than anywhere else in Europe, with Mt. Etna and Mt. Vesuvius posing the largest threats to native populations.
  • Italy is the 23rd most populous nation in the world, with a population around 61 million.
  • 68% of the population lives in urban areas.
  • The life expectancy in Italy is 81.77 years.
  • Approximately 90% of Italians profess to be Roman Catholic.
  • Italy is the 43rd wealthiest country per capita in the world, with a media household income just over $30,000 per year.
  • The primary agricultural products of Italy are grapes, potatoes, soybeans, olives and grain.
  • The nation consumes over 1.5 millions barrels of oil a day, which ranks 16th in the world.
  • There are 132 airports in Italy and 6 heliports.
  • 1.8% of Italy’s annual GDP is devoted to its military.
  • Pizza was invented in Naples, Italy in the 1860s.
  • The thermometer was invented in Italy, as were the typewriter and eyeglasses.
  • Dictator Benito Mussolini created a Fascist government in the early 1920s and later joined forces with the Nazis in World War II.
  • Italians consume and average of half a pound of bread each per day.
  • Italy is the fourth most visited country in the world, with over 40 million tourists every year.