Interesting Italian Facts and Trivia

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I always knew some of these things to be true and some of the others took me completely by surprise. See how many of these you know.  I must give credit to David Hoffman, who is the author of “Little Known Facts about Well-Known Places  Italy,” for the information.

For instance, did you know that:

  • There are 3000 alleys in Venice and 400 footbridges.
  • The  Spanish Steps in Rome have 138 steps.
  • The Ferragamo Shoe Museum in Florence has a collection of 10,000 pairs of shoes but only 150 to 180 are displayed at any one time.
  • Pavarotti received a standing ovation lasting 11 minutes after his final performance in 2004.
  • Rome has 300,000 cats.
  • It took Stradivari approximately 200 hours to make each violin.
  • Shakespeare set 13 of his plays in Italy, yet   never visited Italy himself.
  • According to the Naples Pizza Association the maximum diameter for a pizza is 12 inches.
  • The average Italian eats 61 pounds of pasta each year, and the average Sicilian consumes 92 pounds a year.
  • It takes the Popemobile eight seconds to go from zero to 60.
  • There are 400 gondolas in Venice, but in the 15th and 16th centuries there were 250,000.

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About Margie Miklas

An award-winning author, Margie Miklas writes medical thrillers and travel memoirs about Italy, a place which has captured her passion for travel. She is also the creator and owner of the travel blog, Margie in Italy, and a contributing writer for an Italian-American newspaper. A retired critical-care nurse, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her three cats. Her favorite place is the beach, and she likes learning new computer skills, when she is not writing. A member of the Florida Writers Association, Margie makes her home in Florida.
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4 Responses to Interesting Italian Facts and Trivia

  1. How interesting. I love learning things like this; it’s fun to gain new knowledge!


  2. friendlytm says:

    I like your “did you know..” list. Where did Pavarotti have his final performance….which city, do you know? I also like the Shakespeare one…had never been to Italy but many sets are in Italy…that is why he is the bard, a genius! Love this post!


  3. Pavarotti’s last opera was at the Metropolitan Opera in March 2004, but his final performance was in Torino for the Winter Olympics. It has been documented though that he lip-synched to a pre-recording due to the bitter cold and his health. See this link…


  4. Interesting facts! I didn’t know Rome had so many felines. I remember seeing tons of cast in the Amalfi Coast as well.


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