Where can we find answers to our questions today, if not on Google? And to Google we turned to find out what are the most common and strange questions people ask about Italy on the web.
Here are those questions … above all, let’s discover together something about this beautiful country that you didn’t already know.
1. What does the name ‘Italy’ mean?
Italy got its name from the Latin word ‘vitulus’, meaning ‘calf’. In fact, according to the most popular theory, ‘Italia’ was an ancient name for the country and especially people of Southern Italy. Originally it was spelled ‘Vitalia’ that should come from same root of the Latin word ‘vitulus’. As a matter of fact, Southern Italy was renowned for the abundance of its cattle. Romans later extended the name to cover the entire peninsula.
2. Why Italy wear blue?
Italian sports teams wear blue shirts as a tribute to the House of Savoy, the royal family under whom Italy was unified in 1861. It was first used in 1911 and quickly become the symbol of the sport.
3. What Italy is famous for?
This could be an endless list but we will mention only the greatest ones:
Pizza, pasta, wine, vespas, fashion, art&architecture, cars and football.
4. When Italy was founded?
Even if the peninsula has a long history, that goes back to Etruscans, Greeks and Romans, its unification was declared only in 1861, when a national parliament proclaimed the birth of the Kingdom of Italy under the king Victor Emmanuel II.
5. Why is Italy shaped like a boot?
The tectonic plates that formed the Appennines Mountains shifted, creating a spine all along the territory and giving it a boot-like shape.
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