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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4 Responses to Interesting Italian Facts and Trivia

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

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  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!

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  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…
    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/23996723/ns/today-entertainment/t/pavarottis-last-performance-was-lip-synched/#.UB09XaOwWgQ

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  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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