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Fun Facts About Italy for Travelers


I (Paul Heller) love collecting Fun Facts about Italy for travelers for my Fifty Plus Nomad blog. I spend hours searching to find facts that:

  • Are little-known
  • Add a new or interesting perspective to a discussion about a place or issue.
  • Make me laugh, cry, or smile.

I frequently post fun facts on my Facebook group: Long Term Traveling and Living Abroad Over 50.

In addition, I have added several fun facts I discovered while putting together this page.

I hope you enjoy these fun facts as much as I enjoyed putting them together.

Let me know if you have any fun facts to add to this page.

50 Fun Facts About Italy

Facts About Italy’s Economy

Facts About Italy’s Culture

Facts About Italy’s History

Facts About Italy’s Innovations

Facts About Italy’s Languages

  • Today’s modern Italian language originated in Tuscany.  
  • Standard Italian has not changed as much as most other languages over time. It is not difficult for most Italians to read texts written by Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo (both Tuscans). 
  • There are numerous local languages in Italy (often mistakenly called dialects). French, German, and Slovenian are widely spoken in parts of Italy. Some of these languages do not have Latin roots making it difficult for Italians to understand them.

Facts About Italy’s Geography

Facts About Italians Abroad

Facts About Italian Life Today

Facts About Italy’s Food

  • The average Italian consumes 26 gallons of wine a year, 25 kilograms of pasta a year, and half a pound of bread daily. 
  • Italy has a free wine fountain in Caldari di Ortona.  
  • Italy has 400+ varieties of cheeses, including parmesan, mozzarella, ricotta, provolone, and gorgonzola. 
  • Pasta has been part of the Italian diet since the 4th century BC.  
  • Italians consume 14 billion espressos each year. There are ten varieties of espresso. My favorite is coreto (proper) which comes with a shot of grappa (grape liqueur) or Sambuca.
  • Italy is the world’s largest wine producer. 
  • Gelato means frozen in Italian. It is considered a frozen dessert rather than ice cream. Gelato has fewer calories and significantly less fat than ice cream. I encourage you to try some of the bitter flavors of gelato like grapefruit, lemon, and green apples.

Want More Fun Facts About Italy for Travelers?

Check out these posts from Glendale Community College and Rough Guides.

Additional Quotes and Fun Fact Posts for Travelers From Fifty Plus Nomad

Paul Heller has been a lifelong avid traveler and language learner and teacher, Even as a child, he told Santa Claus that he wanted to visit all the children worldwide. At seven years old, Paul wanted to retire to Mexico. At eight, he memorized the name, capital, location, and some facts about every country worldwide. At twelve, he found a book "Lonely Planet: Southeast Asia on a Shoestring" and started developing his own itinerary for a future round-the-world trip. He remained obsessed with travel; after getting a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and working as an administrator, He spent his vacations going to different countries around the globe studying language, touring, and volunteering. In 1994, he quit his job and lived in Russia as a volunteer English instructor. He discovered that he loved teaching languages. In 2004, he decided to make a living out of his travels and founded a community of people who love to travel just like him. He developed 5 three-hour classes about living and traveling long-term worldwide which he taught in over 50 adult education programs throughout the US. After his parents passed, he realized his dream of traveling around the world; cruising and touring some of the most remote places like the North Atlantic, Patagonia, and Oceania; and learning new languages (he knows Spanish, Italian, French, and Russian). Paul encourages everyone to learn foreign languages. He knows that it can be frustrating and slow but that anyone can learn a language if they put in the work and, most importantly, learning a language is well worth the time and effort because it opens up a whole new set of people, ideas, and cultures. He is currently spending the next chapter of his life in Mérida, México. He is excited about using this blog and his classes and workshops to inspire and equip fellow Fifty Plus Nomads with the language, cultural, and psychological skills necessary to be successful and happy long-term travelers and expats over 50.

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