That Italy is a fascinating and beautiful country is no longer a surprise. The delicious food, the beautiful landscapes and varying destinations make the country ideal for every kind of traveler. Despite its fame, the country has managed to keep many special facts hidden from the outside world. DivaCamp has listed 10 amazing facts that you may not have known.
1. Most World Heritage Sites recognized by UNESCO
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) donates places and heritage that are convinced worldwide that they must be preserved the honor of being a place on the world heritage list. In an earlier blog we already discussed the 'The 7 places in Tuscany on the world heritage list ' but there are so many more in Italy, more than in any other country.
2. Rich in museums
Are you a museum enthusiast? Then you cannot be lucky in Italy! The country is the former home of one of the world's richest cultures and therefore has more than 3.000 museums to admire these cultures.
Almost every village and every city in Italy has its own kind of pasta. As a result, more than 500 different pastas are made throughout the country. Most pastas owe their name to their appearance and have strict regulations about the type of sauce that may be served with it.
During the First World War there was a large chocolate shortage. To be able to make more chocolate spread, the Italian Pietro Ferrero added hazelnuts to the pasta. As you can guess the product was a great success, Nutella is now sold worldwide.
Italy has more hotel rooms than any European country. It is therefore no wonder that a large part of the national income comes from the income from tourism.
We already introduced you to the worldwide in an earlier blog acclaimed wines from Tuscany but did you also know that Italy produces more wine than any other country? Not only in Europe but also worldwide can no country compete with Italy.
Italy has more famous fashion designers than any other country. Some of the big names are: Gucci, Prada, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gianfranco Ferré, Salvatore Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli, Fendi, Valentino, Trussardi, United Colors of Benneton.
Pinocchio (as they call the puppet man in Italy) literally means 'face of pine'. Pin comes from pine and eye means eye or face. Why? The wooden guy is made of pine wood.
With almost 60 million inhabitants, Italy is a crowded country. Nevertheless, the birth rate has fallen sharply in the past year to the lowest in the world. To change this, the government has offered a reward to families with more than one child.
10. The tricolor flag
The flag of Italy is derived from the French flag. Although there is no official symbolic meaning behind the colors, there are a number of suggestions:
- According to some, the green stands for the hills and plains, the white for the snow-covered Alps and the red for the shed blood when uniting the Italian regions.
- It is also said that the colors refer to Italian cuisine: the green for basil, the white for mozzarella and the red for tomato.
- A third explanation refers to teleological virtues: the green stands for hope, the white for conviction and the red for charity.
Want to know more about Italy? Discover it for yourself during an entire holiday at DivaCamp. Our fully furnished tents are on the beautiful camping Vallicella, centrally located in beautiful Tuscany.