Outline of Italy

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Italy:

The location of Italy

Italy is a unitary parliamentary republic in South-Central Europe, located primarily upon the Italian Peninsula. It is where Ancient Rome originated as a small agricultural community about the 8th century BC, which spread over the course of centuries into the colossal Roman empire, encompassing the whole Mediterranean Basin and merging the Ancient Greek and Roman cultures into one civilization. This civilization was so influential that parts of it survive in modern law, administration, philosophy and arts, providing the groundwork that the Western world is based upon.

General referenceEdit

An enlargeable basic map of Italy

Geography of ItalyEdit

An enlargeable topographic map of Italy
An enlargeable satellite image of Italy
Crater on Vulcano Island
Mount Vesuvius as seen from the ruins of Pompeii
View of Brescia
Capri from the sea
Piedmont landscape

Geography of Italy

   Switzerland (outline) 740 km
  France (outline) 488 km
  Austria (outline) 430 km
  Slovenia (outline) 199 km
  San Marino (outline) 39 km
   Vatican City (outline) 3 km
  • Coastline: 7,600 km
  • Sharing Adriatic Sea with Croatia

Environment of ItalyEdit

Geographic features of ItalyEdit

Regions of ItalyEdit

Regions of Italy

Administrative divisions typesEdit

Statistical divisions of ItalyEdit

NUTS of Italy

Groups of regions, regions, and provinces of ItalyEdit

Comuni (municipalities) of ItalyEdit
View of Portofino


Demography of ItalyEdit

Demographics of Italy

Neighbors of ItalyEdit

Italy shares its north border with:

Independent states surrounded by Italy (otherwise within Italy's borders) include:

Government and politics of ItalyEdit

Politics of Italy

Branches of the government of ItalyEdit

The Italian Parliament in joint session for a presidential inauguration

Government of Italy

Head of StateEdit

Executive branchEdit

Legislative branchEdit

Judicial branchEdit

Foreign relations of ItalyEdit

Foreign relations of Italy

International organization membershipEdit

The Italian Republic is a member of:[3]

Law and order in ItalyEdit

Carabinieri with capes
In 2004 the Polizia di Stato received two Lamborghini Gallardo equipped with V10 engines in the classic blue white livery
Guardia di Finanza police in central Rome

Military of ItalyEdit

Frecce Tricolori, the aerobatic demonstration team of the Italian Italian Air Force

Military of Italy

History of ItalyEdit

Greek temple at Selinunte, built in the 5th century BC
The Roman Forum, the commercial, cultural, and political center of the city at the time of the Roman Republic
Castel del Monte, a 13th-century citadel and castle situated on a hill in Andria

History of Italy

By periodEdit

Timeline of Italian history

By regionEdit

By subjectEdit

Culture of ItalyEdit

Villa Capra "La Rotonda", a fine example of Palladian architecture
A typical Italian vineyard scene, with vines growing together with olive trees
Vittoriale degli italiani, the amphitheatre
Masks at the Carnival of Venice
The Italian tricolor flying at Vittoriano, Rome
Portrait of Dante Alighieri
The School of Athens, a famous fresco by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael
Portrait of Galileo Galilei
The auditorium of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the leading opera and ballet theatre in Italy

Culture of Italy

Art in ItalyEdit

People in ItalyEdit

Ethnic groups in ItalyEdit

Religion in ItalyEdit

Monumental façade of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the world's largest Christian church
Milan Cathedral, the fourth-largest church in the world
Florence Cathedral: Brunelleschi's Dome, the nave, and Giotto's Campanile as seen from the South

Religion in Italy

Sport in ItalyEdit

Giancarlo Fisichella, the most recent Italian racing driver to win a Formula One Grand Prix

Sport in Italy

Football in ItalyEdit

The Italian national football team, called Azzurri or squadra azzurra for their blue shirts, are the second-most successful national team in the world
Gianluigi Buffon is the most capped player in the history of Italy with 171 caps

Football in Italy

Other sports popular in ItalyEdit

Economy and infrastructure of ItalyEdit

View of Italy at night from the International Space Station
Ferrari 458 Spider, a sports car produced by the Italian manufacturer Ferrari
White Valentino dresses in celebration of Valentino's 45 years in fashion
Rome, one of the most important tourist destinations of the world
Venice, a popular destination
Frecciabianca (left) and Frecciarossa (right) high-speed trains at Milan Central railway station

Economy of Italy

Local economiesEdit

Education in ItalyEdit

University of Bologna, Italy and Europe's oldest university, founded in 1088

Education in Italy

Health in ItalyEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The English name of the Italian state used in the English text of the Treaty of Lisbon.
  2. ^ Istat
  3. ^ "Italy". The World Factbook. United States Central Intelligence Agency. July 15, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2009.

External linksEdit

  Wikimedia Atlas of Italy

  •   Italy travel guide from Wikivoyage
Country profiles
Public institutions