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Italian Republic Day

What is Italy Republic Day?

Always celebrated on 2 June. This is Italy's National Day.

Republic Day marks the referendum of 1946, which resulted in the creation of the Italian republic.

To celebrate the national day of Italy, here are some interesting facts about Italy.

13 Facts about Republic Day

Rome is Italy's capital city and was founded on 21 April 753 BC. That makes the city more than 2,700 years old.

Vatican City, in Rome, is the smallest country in the world.

Italy has 51 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the most of any country in the world.

Founded in Siena in 1472, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, is the world's oldest bank.

The highest peak in Europe is in Italy. Monte Bianco is 15,771 feet high and is part of the Alps.

The fork became popular in Italy before any other European country as it allowed Italians to easier eat spaghetti.

Margherita Pizza was named after Queen Margherita of Savoy when she visited Naples in 1889.

Pasta is said to have arrived in Sicily with Arab traders in the 9th century, though it wasn't served with tomato sauce until 700 years later.

Italy is the world's largest exporter of wine.

Around $3000 of change is thrown into the Trevi Fountain by tourists each day. The money is collected and donated to charity.

16. Venice's Grand Canal isn't a canal, it's a seawater channel.

In terms of Population, Italy is the third oldest country in the world, after Japan and Germany.

The world's longest land tunnel is the Lötschberg Base Tunnel, which proves a 22-mile railway link between Switzerland and Italy.


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