5 Interesting facts about Italy that you didn't know

Italy is internationally famous for many reasons, from cooking to art, from history to fashion. But there are some interesting facts that only a few people know about. Discover them with us.

The shortest river in the world, the River Aril, also known locally as the Ri, flows through the province of Verona, in the hamlet of Cassone in the municipality of Malcesine to be precise. It is just 175 metres long and, at the end of its course, it flows into the eastern side of Lake Garda. Despite being so short, it crosses three bridges and has a waterfall.

The world's smallest country? The Vatican City, which holds the record for being smallest both in extension and population: it has an area of 0.44 km2 and less than 900 inhabitants. It is located in the heart of Rome and its centre is in St. Peter's Square.

Not everyone knows it but Italy holds the world record for UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These are cultural and natural sites of "exceptional universal value" that should be part of the common heritage of humanity. There are 54 of them in Italy and they are all incredibly beautiful.

Italy is also the only European country that is home to three active volcanoes: Stromboli is located in the Aeolian Islands and has been almost continuously erupting since 1932; Etna is located in Sicily and is one of the most famous volcanoes in Europe; Vesuvius is located in Naples and is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world.

And last but not least, Italy's cuisine and one of its leading products, pizza, which, despite being imitated all over the world, was born in Naples in the second half of the 1800s, thanks to the creativity of the greatest Neapolitan pizza maker, Raffaele Esposito.


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