26 Facts You Did Not Know About ITALY

Facts About Italy

1. With 61 million inhabitants, Italy is the 5th most populous country in Europe.

2. Italy has the eighth-largest economy in the world.

3. The Italian mafia accounts for 7% of Italy's GDP.

4. Located within Italy, San Marino is the world's oldest republic (301 A.D.), and holds the world's oldest continuous constitution.

5. One third of Italians have never used the Internet.

6. More than a third of single Italian men between the ages of 30 and 35 live with their parents.

7. 51% of Italians can't afford a vacation.

8. Italian Traffic Police has two Lamborghini Gallado in service.

9. 500,000 Italians visit an exorcist every year.

10. Whatsapp is cited in nearly half of all Italian divorce proceedings.

11. In Italy, there is a submerged bronze statue of Jesus Christ of 2.5 metres tall.

12. Galileo's middle finger is on display at a museum in Florence, Italy.

13. At age 10, Mussolini was expelled from a religious boarding school in Italy for stabbing a classmate in the hand.

14. In Venice, Italy, all gondolas are required to be painted in black by law.

15. Poveglia is an island in Italy that is so dangerously "haunted" that public access is not permitted.

16. In Milan, Italy, it's a legal requirement to smile at all times, except during funerals or hospital visits.

17. "Ferrari" as a last name is the Italian equivalent of "Smith".

18. In 2013, an italian man under house arrest asked to go to prison to escape his wife.

19. Italian artist Piero Manzoni filled 90 tin cans with his feces, called it "Artist's sh*t" and sold them for up to €124,000 a tin.

20. A cat inherited a US$13 million fortune from its owner in Italy.

21. Galileo was born on the day that Michelangelo died.

22. Italian serial killer Leonarda Cianciulli was famous for turning victims into tea cakes and serving them to guests.

23. Italy's PM Benito Mussolini tortured his enemies by forcing them to swallow massive doses of castor oil.

24. It's illegal to die in Falciano del Massico, a town in Italy, because the cemetery is full.

25. In 2012, a court in Italy ruled that telling a man he has "no balls" is a crime, punishable with a fine.

26. In Italy, "peperoni" refers to bell peppers. There's no Italian salami by that name.

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