The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (starring Clint Eastwood), one of the most famous westerns of all time, was written, directed, & produced by Italians in Italy. It was part of a popular trend of low budget Italian westerns called “Spaghetti Westerns”.
150 meters below Naples, Italy, there is a vast multi-level underground stretching over a half kilometer, containing WWII cars, beds, conveniences, and other war relics.
In Italy and Portugal the installation of a bidet in a bathroom has been mandatory since 1975.
Italy has an infamous “monster park” called the Gardens of Bomarzo filled with disturbing statues carved by a Renaissance-era mad genius.
Every year, half a million Italian people claim they are possessed, demanding an exorcism. Demands for exorcisms are also growing globally. In response to the rise, the Vatican even held a week-long exorcism course for 200 priests.
There is an airport in Italy that will let you bring 500g of liquid on a plane, so long as it is Pesto.
The Italian Mafia is involved in nuclear waste trafficking: they have bought nuclear power plant waste and dumped it in Somalia. The Camorrah in Naples do this too. Except they dump it in Naples.
The cheese Parmigiano-Reggiano is a large target of organised crime in Italy. From 2013 to 2015 an organised crime gang stole 2039 wheels of it from warehouses in northern and central Italy.
Despite ancient Roman bridges being the first large and lasting bridges ever built, many are still used despite being around 2,000 years old.
In 2008, Italy spent $65,000,000 to bail out the Parmesan cheese industry.