By:Maddie Waltman

This is a map of Italy. Some people say it is shaped like a boot.


Italy's is located on a coast in Europe, with two islands near it. One island, Sicily, is located near the "toe" of the boot. Sardina, the other island, is slightly more north east. The Mediterranean sea borders three sides of Italy. Much of Italy is covered in highlands, with only one-forth being lowlands. This impacts Italy's citizens because it provides ideal farmland, where they grow many crops. Some of them include grapes, wheat, sugar beets, olives, and other fruits and vegetables. Italy is known for its sunny climate, with clear skies during the spring and summer. In the winter, it becomes dry and overcast, with lots of rain. There are lots of beaches in Italy because of its wide coast, and a great place to get some sun in the summer.

Pizza is a popular food in Italy.


Italy's culture is very unique from other European countries. Italy is well known for their love of pizza, pasta, and vanilla ice cream. Other popular foods include bread, coffee, and pesto sauce. For most Italians, lunch is the biggest meal of the day. They usually have a light breakfast that includes a creamy coffee. Italy is also known for making gelato, an Italian ice. There are hundreds of colors and flavors of gelato, and you can even buy some in America. Italy has festivals all year long. They take holidays very seriously. About 83% of Italians are Roman Catholic. Lots of festivals include extravegant colors and masks. In my country they speak Italian. Family and friends are very important to Italians. Also important to them are art, music, television/movies, food, sports, and fashion. Italy's national sport is soccer, and many people play it. Italy also takes fashion very seriously. Twice a year, there are fashion shows held in Milan, showing designs from popular brands like Prada and Armani.

A ferrari museum in Italy


In Italy, they use mostly cars and busses for transportation. In Venice, they have canals instead of roads where people travel on small boats or canoes to get from place to place. Some of the technology Italy produces include machinery, steel, iron, chemicals, clothing, and vehicles. In fact, there is even a ferrari plant in Maranello! Italians also take great interest in architecture, and it has evolved greatly over time. Italy imports and export the goods that they need in their daily lives. There are many mines in Italy, which cause surpluses of natural gas, oil, and feldspar. Lots of food is produced there, giving the Italians fresher foods at the supermarket.

This shows the government building in Italy.


Italy has a republic government. Their current leader is Giorgio Napolitano, the president since 2006. A president is usually in office for 7 years at a time. Like America, you must be at least 18 years old to vote for a president. Once the president is chosen, they can elect a prime minister. The prime minister and the cabinet members can be voted out at any time. Children in Italy are required to go to school from age 6 to 14 going through primary school, and then secondary school following.

Euros, the current monetary system in Italy


In Italy, like many other European countries, use euros as their currency. 1 euro is about $1.58 in US dollars. Italy is the fourth-largest economy in Europe. Euros come in coins and bills, just like America's economy. Coins come in values of 1,2,5,10,20, and 50 euros. Bills come in 5,10,20,50,100, and 200 euros. The most popular area of work in Italy is services and jobs in tourism. Following them is work in industry, with agriculture taking 3% of the population. Although Italy's economy exceeds, they still have high unemployment rates in the country.


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