What is it like?
- Italy is well-known for its two major mountain ranges, the Alps and the Apennines.
- The country is 40 percent mountains.
- There are many Volcanoes, Subalpine Lakes, and the Italian Islands.
- The capital of Italy is Rome.
- Other major cities are Milan, Florence, Venice, and Naples.
- Mediterranean climate (Cool, rainy winters and hot, dry summers).
- Three evergreen plant species dominate most of the landscape of Italy: holly, pine and cork oak.
- There's a limited number of bears and wolves living in the wild, many of which have migrated from neighbouring Slovenia.
- Italy's altitude ranges from 13 meters (43 feet) above sea level.
- Soils range from friable acidic sand to almost unworkable clay loams to poor, dry calcareous crusts along Italy’s coastline.
- Italy's population is 59.83 million people.
- Housing includes flat buildings, terraced houses, villas, and chalets.
- Italy's official language is Italian.
- The economy of Italy is the 3rd-largest national economy in Europe, the 8th-largest by nominal GDP in the world, and the 12th-largest by GDP.
- Italian culture is the arts, family, architecture, music and food.
- For many Italians, family is the most important of receiver of respect, therefore an individual may sacrifice their rights or beliefs for family honor.
How do we interact?
- The way that people have used or modified the land in Italy is evident in the ancient Roman aqueducts and in Venice.
- In order to build Venice, the water had to be drained for the foundations to be built, modifying the environment.
- Air pollution is a significant problem in Italy. An estimated 12% increase in carbon monoxide emissions in the period between 1985 and 1989.
- In the 1990s Italy had the world's tenth highest level of industrial carbon dioxide emissions.
- Water pollution is another important environmental issue in Italy. The nation's rivers and coasts have been polluted by industrial and agricultural contaminants and its lakes contaminated by acid rain.
- Facilities for the treatment and disposal of industrial wastes are inadequate
Where is it?
- The absolute location of Italy is 41.8719 degrees North, 12.5674 degrees East.
- RELATIVE LOCATION:
- Italy is a long peninsula that juts out from the southern edge of central Europe into the Mediterranean Sea.
- In the North, the land is mountainous and borders Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland, San Marino and France.
- In the Southern portion, the elevation drops to sea level.
How do goods, ideas, and people move?
- Major cities in Italy all have good transport systems, including bus and underground-train networks.
- In Venice, the main public transport option is vaporetti which are small passenger ferries.
- The main exports of Italy are machinery, metals and metal products, clothing and footwear, and motor vehicles, including luxury vehicles, motorcycles and scooters.
- Italy imports pharmaceuticals and other chemicals, and food.
- Italy has 28 harbours and ports.
- There are over 40 newspaper printed in Italy today. Other ways ideas are spread is through the internet, radio, magazines, and television.
How are places similar or different?
- Italy's region is Europe, which is also the continent it is in.
- Italy is a country.