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Italy, a country in the Mediterranean region of southern Europe. The country is a republic, and includes a boot-shaped peninsula and two large islands, Sardinia and Sicily, in the Mediterranean.

Italy borders France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia in the east. The independent states of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves surrounded by Italian territory. Italy was a founding member states of what is now the European Union and is a member of the United Nations, NATO and the G8.

Italy is renowned for its arts and culture. Here are a number of famous buildings from ancient Roman greatness. The main and most famous buildings in Italy, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Colosseum, Castel Sant'Angelo, the Roman Forum and the Pantheon in Rome and the Duomo in Florence and Venice. Italian food, wine, design, literature, art, music mm is known throughout the world.

The Renaissance began in Italy in the 13 - and 1400s. Poets like Dante Alighieri, Francesco Petrarch, Torquato Tasso and Ludovico Ariosto, and writers such as Giovanni Boccaccio, Niccolò Machiavelli and Baldassare Castiglione had an enormous and lasting influence on the development of European culture. There were also Italian painters, sculptors and architects, Filippo Brunelleschi, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Sandro Botticelli, Fra Angelico and Michelangelo Buonarroti. Michelangelo's frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican stands with his statue of David as the most prominent symbols of the Renaissance.

Composers such as Giovanni da Palestrina, Claudio Monteverdi, Arcangelo Corelli and Antonio Vivaldi influenced Baroque, while romantics Gioacchino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini developed the Italian opera as we know it today.
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Popular attractions

  #1 Pantheon

  #2 Colosseum

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