Green not only symbolizes the landscape of Italy but it also signifies hope.
About 75% of Italy is mountainous or hilly, and roughly 20% of the country is forested.
In terms of agriculture, in the South mainly wheat, tobacco, olives, stone fruit, sugar beets and tomatoes are cultivated, while Northern Italy can look back on a strong tradition of pig and cattle breeding. The cultivation of wine, however, is widely spread throughout Italy and wine is a major export good of the country.
Salvatore Ferragamo was born in 1898 in Bonito, near Avellino, the eleventh of fourteen children. After making his first pair of shoes at age nine, for his sisters, young Salvatore decided that he had found his calling. After studying shoemaking in Naples for a year, Ferragamo opened a small store based in his parents’ home. In 1914, he immigrated to Boston, where one of his brothers worked in a cowboy boot factory.
With 7,400 kilometers (4,600 miles) of coastline, Italy boasts the most beaches in Europe, as well as 27 marine parks.
When it comes to beaches, it’s a tough choice between blinding-white dunes, pebble and even turf shores, but 248 Italian beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status for clear waters and unspoiled sands.
One name that has emerged to be one of the most popular and influential street artists over the last decade is not green, but Blu, an Italian artist who conceals his real identity. He lives in Bologna and has been creating street art since 1999.
It was in 2001 when his unique characteristic style appeared. He started painting with house paint, using rollers mounted on top of long sticks that allowed him to increase the size of his canvas and communicate with a stronger intensity.
Sunflowers can be used to extract toxic ingredients from soil, such as lead, arsenic and uranium. They were used to remove uranium, cesium-137, and strontium-90 from soil after the Chernobyl disaster.
Life expectancy at birth (2013 est.):
Total population: 81.95 years
Male: 79.32 years
Female: 84.73 years
In the USA during the ‘90’s, Frank Sinatra was responsible for an increase in pesto popularity when he started to commercialize a pesto sauce that carried his face on the label.
More than 50 per cent of Italian wine is currently exported, up from 28 per cent in 2000. The biggest buyers are the United States and Germany.
Apart from the gondolas filled with tourist, siren-equipped boats belonging to the police, fire, and emergency services can traverse the Grand Canal at high speed, while barges are responsible for the delivery of goods throughout the city.
Today, Venice also has a parking problem of its own, due to too many boats and too few docking spaces. Hence, people are more often choosing to walk than taking a boat to run errands.
The advent of this early form of air-conditioning wasn’t solely for the wealthy. No. The shutter and maybe even a balcony, found their way into the hearts and homes of all Italians, whether living out in the country or in the historic centers. The balcony-shutter combo became a way of life. Adjusted in a variety of ways, shutters certainly sweetened il dolce vita, the good life.
Amid the variety of fancy little hinges, latches, and clips, there’s one thing in common to just about every wood shutter in Tuscany, and that is the color – always the same beautiful verde, green. In fact, you could say that Italian shutters were the original “green technology”.
After spending years restoring his 900-acre estate in Tuscany, the pop star Sting has open its doors – at a price – to anyone who wants to hire it for weddings or parties. With room in the outbuildings for 50 people to sleep, a wedding party renting them out for a week could rack up a bill of €42,000.
In ancient Rome, ivy was a symbol of intellectual achievement and ivy wreathes were used to crown winners of poetry contests. They were also given to victorious athletes in ancient Greece.
The Roman custom of hanging a branch with leaves (often ivy because it was readily available, and the leaves, being evergreen, lasted a long time) on a pole to indicate that the premises sold wine or ale spread throughout Europe in the Middle Ages and became known as an ale pole or ale stake.
A 20-page rulebook gives Turin the most stringent animal protection rules in the country. Dog owners in Turin can be fined up to 500 euros if they don’t walk their pets at least three times a day.
The Fountain of Neptune in Florence was commissioned in 1565 and it has suffered a great deal of damage during the centuries – It was used as a washbasin for laundry at the end of the 16th century, several other times it was the target of vandals – until 2007 when the security on the fountain has been taken much more seriously.
The film New Moon, from the Twilight Saga, was filmed in the beautiful medieval hilltop town of Montepulciano. Although the book featured the small Tuscan village of Volterra as being the home of the red-eyed vampire royalty, the Volturi, Montepulciano was still chosen as the filming location rather than Volterra. After the filming ended, a couple of the cafes on Piazza Grande were offering special vampire menus with wine included – Red wine obviously.