Two thirds of Argentina’s population is of Italian heritage. They fled there for economic opportunities and to escape devastating wars. It is the only other country besides Italy with an Italian heritage majority population.
Marco Polo did not introduce pasta to Italy from China. Italians adopted pasta from the Greeks, first mentioned between 1000-800 BCE and called laganon – the inspiration for what would later become lasagne.
Viganella, a city in Italy where the sun doesn’t rise for three months a year, has a mirror located on a mountain to reflect the sunlight.
In 1325 in Italy, Modenese soldiers stole a well bucket from Bologna. 30,000 Bolognese foot-soldiers were sent to invade Modena. Outnumbered 6 to 1, Modena won in just a few hours and chased the enemy all the way back to Bologna. Then they stole another bucket.
After WW2, there was a Sicilian separatist movement which was heavily backed by mafia. The main goal was the annexation of Sicily to the USA as the 49th state, they got 8.8% of the votes in 1947’s elections.
Frequent pizza eaters in Italy have been found to have a relatively low incidence of cardiovascular disease and digestive tract cancers compared to infrequent pizza eaters.
Italy once tried to ban pasta because they believed that it weighed Italians down and prevented them from achieving any kind of greatness.
Pizza was invented in Naples, Italy. Since 2004, Italian law insists Neapolitan pizza must include wheat flour, flour yeast, mineral water, peeled tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, sea salt & olive oil to be considered pizza.
Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli convinced his hometwon in 2006 to build a theater where only one concert is given a year (by him). The theater stays silent the rest of the year.
In Europe, Italians have the highest genetic diversity. They have extraordinary peculiarities that contribute to reducing the risk of kidney inflammation and skin cancers, and the risk of diabetes and obesity, favoring a longer lifespan.