Interesting facts about Italy – Italy is one of the most popular countries for vacations. On the remains of the ancient culture of the great empire formed a new culture that is as interesting and important. A few interesting facts about Italy, may help to understand it more.
The Italians we know a lot, thanks to the fact that many of our friends for many years living and working in Italy, bringing with them not only gifts, but also a lot of stories about the customs and way of life of this country.
Here are some more interesting facts about Italy that you may enjoy:
1. Since Italy for centuries had been split into many small kingdoms and city-states on its territory there were a large number of dialects, descended from Vulgar Latin. In the early 14th century Florentine Dante Alighieri wrote the famous “Divine Comedy”, which was read in all of Italy. It is this work has become one of the main reasons that the native Tuscan dialect of Dante was the basis of the literary Italian. Although it is today with the same spelling of their pronunciation in different Italian provinces can vary greatly.
2. The Adriatic Sea was named after the Italian city of Adria, which, however, is not located on its coast and 22 kilometers away. This city in the 6th century BC really was a major port, but gradually became Adriatic Sea to retreat from it to the east as the situation of the PO Delta. For a while Adria remained dug channels through the port, but due to the invasions of the barbarians, and a major flood finally lost its relevance.
3. The best restaurants often do not have signboards. You can get there only by recommendation.
4. When shopping it is necessary to take a check. You can delay the financial police with a package from a store or a pie in hand with the question of where you bought it and slapped a heavy fine in the absence of a check.
5. Lamborghini was previously known as the company that manufactures tractors. And with a fright they began to make luxury cars?
6. There are two states in Italy: San Marino and Vatican City.
7. Although coffee does not grow in Italy, espresso was made by the Italians. In 1901, Luigi Betstsera patented the first espresso machine. This machine he created to reduce coffee breaks workers. Espresso means “quickly, soon.”
8. When Michelangelo finished his first “Pieta” and put it in the Cathedral of St. Peter, to the author’s heard rumors that gossip assigns the work to another sculptor – Cristoforo Solari. Then Michelangelo carved on the belt of the Virgin Mary: “It’s made a Florentine Michelangelo Buonarroti.” He later regretted the outbreak of pride and never signed his sculptures.
9. Italians are passionate music fans. They are crazy about singing and love to do it almost anywhere, even in the bathroom. It was in Italy 20 years ago, began to produce collections of songs with rubberized pages for those who like to sing in the bathroom.
10. The Milan Conservatory is named after Giuseppe Verdi, although in 1833 denied him admission. The young Verdi was told that he is 4 years older than the usual age taken, not a citizen of the Lombardo-Venetian kingdom, and deprived of his musical talent.
11. Leaning Tower of Pisa, which until restoration work in the late 20th century was deflected from the vertical by 5,5 °, and after them – by 4 °, is not a very “incident” tower in the world. Today, a record with the index 12 ° has a 10-meter tower in the China Suizhong county.
12. The Italians are very attached to the family. All the near and distant relatives are respected so that if one person occupies an important position, it is doing its best to put in the same company of their relatives. A lot of private companies in Italy consist only of family members, especially pronounced in the area of small business shops, dry cleaners, hair salons. Just like in the famous Mafia.
13. In Italy, a lot of laws (about 800,000 any rules and regulations.) But in reality, the laws of the Italians pay little attention. For example, seat belts are mandatory for everyone, but no one has ever not to wear them (in Italy are very popular shirts with painted on their belts).
14. In each country there is a very strange law. The most bizarre Italian law is the prohibition on drawing with crayons on the pavement, which equated to beggary and criminally punished. By this logic, as children we were all poor …
15. The Italians, not too often say “sorry” if they do not feel for a fault, then there is nothing to apologize for, repentance is best left to confession.
16. One of the most renowned polyglots in history who lived in 18-19 century Italian cardinal Giuseppe Mezzofanti fluent in 39 languages, almost as much could understand, but never left the confines of Italy. Once he learned the new language in one night just to take in the morning confession from foreign criminals, sentenced to death.
17. In Italy, there are almost all climatic zones, but the most extreme.
18. The main meal in the evening in the form of a dense family dinner.
19. On the Sardinia Italian island is made sort of a gourmet cheese “Caesar Martz.” It’s longer withstand conventional fermentation step subjecting rotting, in which the cheese fly larvae accelerate lipolysis in cheese and make it softer. If you disturb these larvae, they can jump a distance of 15 centimeters, so consumers should be protected eyes. And some foodies do not even remove the worms before eating cheese.
20. Strong drink Italians hardly use. Basic drinks – water or wine. Sometimes beer.
21. 60% of the world’s cultural heritage are in Italy.
22. Florence – a city in Tuscany with the largest pedestrian area in the world.
23. Olive oil should be bought from the peasants in the countryside. Buy it in the supermarket is considered bad form in most regions. To a lesser extent this applies to wine.
24. The Italians are actively using dozens of gestures when speaking. In general, hundreds of them. Born as an aid in communication because of the substantial differences in the languages of the country.
25. The most insulting gesture – “goat” of the index finger and thumb-up means you’re a cuckold. The same gesture thumbs down ward off damage.
26. At the wedding send one or two invitations. On the first you have the right to come to the official ceremony in the church, the second – on a merry drinking party and feast upon.
27. No country in the world has so many patron saints. In Italy, there is even a patron of the cemetery watchman! This Pope Calixtus I. The patron saint of the whole of Italy is Giovanni Bernardone, which we know under the name of Francis of Assisi.
28. In Italy, the number 17 is considered unlucky (as we have 13). A horn in the “jealous” of Italy is still considered to be guarding the sign of the evil eye.
29. Italians simply can’t live without football. Women and children are no exception. Championship or Cup matches are expected from earlier. On all channels all day long discussion shows past and projected future matches.
30. Italians are very superstitious. The country officially registered about 150,000 magicians, whose services are used by over 16 million people.