|Area Total||301,340 sq km|
|Climate||predominantly Mediterranean; alpine in far north; hot, dry in south|
|Natural Resources||coal, antimony, mercury, zinc, potash, marble, barite, asbestos, pumice, fluorspar, feldspar, pyrite (sulfur), natural gas and crude oil reserves, fish, arable land|
|Imports||Germany 16.3%, France 8.8%, China 7.1%,
Netherlands 5.6%, Spain 5.3%, Belgium 4.5% (2017) – engineering products, chemicals, transport equipment, energy products, minerals and nonferrous metals, textiles and clothing; food, beverages, tobacco
|Population||62.2 million (July 2018 est.)|
|Ethnicity||Italian (small clusters of German-, French-, and Slovene-Italians in the north and Albanian-Italians and Greek Italians in the south)|
|Language||Italian (official), German, French, Slovene|
|Exports||Germany 12.5%, France 10.3%, US 9%, Spain 5.2%, UK 5.2%, Switzerland 4.6% (2017) – engineering products, textiles and clothing, production machinery, motor vehicles, transport equipment, chemicals; foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco; minerals, nonferrous metals|
News about Italy
- Reader question: How can I find an apartment to rent in Rome?by The Local on December 3, 2022
The Eternal City is a popular destination for foreigners wanting to stay for a few months or even years, but finding a place to rent can be complicated. Here's where to start.
- Why is it taking so long to book a driving test in Italy?by The Local on December 3, 2022
People trying to sit their driving tests in many parts of Italy are reporting long delays when booking their theory or practical exam. The Local looks at why this is happening.
- Landslides and earthquakes: Why Ischia - and most of Italy - is at riskby The Local on December 3, 2022
The deadly landslide that struck the island of Ischia was not a one-off and Italy faces widespread problems that leave much of the country at high risk from natural disasters, says Silvia Marchetti.
- Row over illegal construction in Italy after deadly Ischia landslideby The Local on December 3, 2022
Ischia, the small Italian island devastated by a landslide last weekend, is a victim of geography and weather but also of illegal construction, experts say.
- Why towns in Italy’s Salento are offering new residents up to €30,000by The Local on December 3, 2022
As if the sunny south-eastern tip of Italy wasn’t enticing enough, small towns in Salento have now announced big cash incentives for people moving in. So what's the catch?
- The food and drink you need for an Italian Christmas feastby The Local on December 2, 2022
Here's how to do Christmas, Italian style.
- Italian word of the day: 'Tanto'by The Local on December 2, 2022
There are lots of ways to say 'lots of' in Italian, but here's the one you'll really need to master.
- Ischia to evacuate 1,000 people over fears of further landslidesby The Local on December 2, 2022
At least 1,100 people were set to be evacuated from the southern Italian island of Ischia on Friday ahead of more bad weather, after a landslide on Saturday left 11 dead and one missing.
- Italy's constitutional court upholds Covid vaccine mandate as fines kick inby The Local on December 2, 2022
Judges on Thursday dismissed legal challenges to Italy's vaccine mandate as 'inadmissible' and 'unfounded', as 1.9 million people face fines for refusing the jab.
- The Italian holiday calendar for 2023by The Local on December 2, 2022
Italy gets a good number of public holidays, but they sometimes fall on a weekend. Here are the dates to plan for next year.
- Italy's government to continue sending weapons to Ukraine in 2023by The Local on December 2, 2022
Italy's new government issued a decree on Thursday to continue sending weapons to Ukraine through 2023, continuing the previous administration's policy of support to Kyiv.
- How Italy's transport strikes will impact travel on Fridayby The Local on December 1, 2022
Transport workers in Italy have announced another strike on Friday, December 2nd: here's how travellers will be affected.
- Should you travel in Italy when there’s a strike on?by The Local on December 1, 2022
Transport strikes are a frequent occurrence in Italy, but how disruptive are they usually and what else should you consider if you’re planning to travel? Here’s what you need to know.
- Ischia landslide death toll rises to 11 as more bodies foundby The Local on December 1, 2022
Rescuers on Thursday pulled another three bodies from the wreckage caused by a landslide on the Italian island of Ischia, bringing the death toll to 11, with one woman still missing.
- How and when to watch football World Cup matches on Italian TVby The Local on December 1, 2022
Whether you plan on watching the games from the comfort of your home or in the company of other football fans, here’s all you need to know about catching the World Cup matches on Italian TV.
- Why do Milan residents get a day off on December 7th?by The Local on December 1, 2022
If you live in Milan, you may get an extra day off work on December 7th. Here's what the city is celebrating and how.
- PROPERTY: Should you hire a renovation agency for your Italian home?by The Local on December 1, 2022
If you're renovating a home in Italy, will you need to pay a middleman to cut through the red tape and language barriers? Silvia Marchetti looks at the pros and cons.
- Italian expression of the day: 'Avere un diavolo per capello'by The Local on December 1, 2022
No need to blow your top about this Italian phrase.
- What changes in Italy in December 2022by The Local on December 1, 2022
From public holidays to another transport strike, here’s a look at the important dates to come this month if you live in Italy.
- EXPLAINED: How to make a doctor's appointment in Italyby The Local on November 30, 2022
Sooner or later, every foreign national living in Italy will need to see a doctor. Here's a guide to making your first appointment.
- Calls for crackdown on construction in Italy after Ischia disasterby Angela Giuffrida in Ischia (Italy | The Guardian) on November 28, 2022
Officials warned last year more than 90% of municipalities were at risk from landslides, floods and erosionThere have been calls to limit and crack down on both legal and illegal construction in Italy after the head of the country’s civil protection office said more than 90% of Italian municipalities were at risk from landslides and other natural […]
- Anger grows as illegal construction partly blamed for landslide deaths on Italian islandby Angela Giuffrida in Ischia (Italy | The Guardian) on November 27, 2022
Seven confirmed dead and search continues for people missing after Saturday’s disaster on IschiaAs rescuers continued to search for five people still missing after a catastrophic landslide in Ischia, anger was growing on the southern Italian island on Sunday over the years of rampant illegal construction that contributed to the disaster.Seven people, […]
- A woman dies and 10 people missing after landslide on Italian island of Ischiaby Angela Giuffrida in Rome (Italy | The Guardian) on November 26, 2022
Island near Naples was engulfed by heavy rain, causing a landslide that flooded homes and swept away carsA woman has died and 10 people are missing after a severe storm triggered a landslide on the Italian island of Ischia.The island, in the Gulf of Naples, was engulfed by heavy rain overnight, with the landslide hitting the hamlet of Casamicciola Terme […]
- Italy: footage shows aftermath of landslide on Ischia – videoby (Italy | The Guardian) on November 26, 2022
After heavy rainfall overnight, a landslide hit the hamlet of Casamicciola Terme, on Ischia, early on Saturday morning. Homes were flooded and several cars were swept away. The Naples prefect, Claudio Palomba, said no deaths had been confirmed or bodies recovered, but it is reported that about a dozen people are missingA dozen people missing after landslide […]
- Bear rewilding in Trentino, Italy – in picturesby Photographs by Luca Rotondo (Italy | The Guardian) on November 25, 2022
The number of bears in the Italian Alps is gradually increasing after a successful rewilding project that involved bringing bears from Slovenia. Photojournalist Luca Rotondo visited Trentino to take a look at what was happening Continue reading...
- Laila Shawa obituaryby Oliver Basciano (Italy | The Guardian) on November 24, 2022
Palestinian pop artist whose work reflected the harsh political realities of her homelandLike many pop artists, Laila Shawa, who has died aged 82, used repetition and silkscreen printing. In the hands of forerunners such as Andy Warhol, the form and technique highlighted the commodification of celebrity – as in the American artist’s images of Marilyn […]
- Row breaks out over favourite for EU’s first ever special envoy to Gulfby Jennifer Rankin in Brussels and Angela Giuffrida in Rome (Italy | The Guardian) on November 24, 2022
Critics say former Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio lacks experience and has poor record in Gulf relationsA row has broken out over the appointment of the EU’s first ever special envoy to the Gulf, as internal critics allege the frontrunner, the former Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio, is poorly qualified for the job.Di Maio, a former leader […]
- Pompeii deploys flock of hungry sheep to keep grass shortby Angela Giuffrida in Rome (Italy | The Guardian) on November 24, 2022
Green lawn-mowing method part of plans for site which include reviving ancient vineyardsA flock of lawn-mowing sheep have been mobilised to trim unruly grass surrounding the ruins of Pompeii as part of an agricultural initiative for the site that also includes plans to revive ancient vineyards.The 150 sheep arrived in Pompeii on Thursday morning and […]
- Germany rejects Boris Johnson’s claims it said Ukraine should fold to Russiaby Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor (Italy | The Guardian) on November 23, 2022
German official says former UK PM has ‘unique relationship with the truth’ in rebuttal of Johnson’s claimsRussia-Ukraine war – latest updatesGermany has angrily dismissed claims by Boris Johnson that in the run-up to the Russian invasion of Ukraine it said it would be better for Ukraine to fold than to become embroiled in a long war.Johnson, […]
- Fleabag producer brings Berlusconi musical to London stageby Chris Wiegand Stage editor (Italy | The Guardian) on November 23, 2022
‘Fierce, feminist’ show from Francesca Moody is written by former Grange Hill actors Ricky Simmonds and Simon Vaughan and tells an ‘almost true’ storyA musical about Silvio Berlusconi that is described as “Evita on acid”, written by two former Grange Hill stars and features a song called My Weekend With Vladimir is to be staged in London next […]