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History of Italy

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In 1592, Galileo, of Italy, invented the thermometer, and in 1609, he invented the telescope.

Fun fact: In Italy, it is considered distasteful to ask for extra cheese. That is taken as a signal to the chef that you don't like the food.

Christmas: Instead of Santa Claus, gifts are delivered by a witch named La Befana. Nice kids get gifts and candies. Naughty kids get coal and garlic. People leave wine for her to drink.



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  • 1592 - The thermometer is invented (Galileo, Italy)
    "The first thermometer was constructed by Galileo. It consisted of a small glass globe fitted with a long tube. The open end of the tube was inserted ...Read MORE...


  • 1609 - Galileo's telescope (Galileo, Italy)
    "Galileo made his first telescope in 1609, modeled after telescopes produced in other parts of Europe that could magnify objects three times. He...Read MORE...


  • 1693 - Earthquake in Sicily killed over 60,000, destroyed 45 cities

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm

  • 1737 - March 12 - Galileo's body moved to Church of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy

    onthisday.com

  • 1796 - Napoleon Bonaparte assumes command of the Army of Italy


  • 1800 - Electric storage battery is invented (Alessandro Volta, Italy)
    ...Probably the most important developments in the science of electricity started with the invention of the first battery in 1800 by Alessandro...Read MORE...


  • 1805 - Napoleon declared himself Italian Emperor

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm

  • 1814 - Napoleon abdicated his throne; Italy divided into small kingdoms

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm

  •  Italy
    Tivoli in Italy
    Kelly's New System of Universal Geography, 1828
    Artwork
  • 1849 - Republic of Rome taken over by French troops

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm

  • 1861 - Kingdom of Italy established excluding Rome, Venice, San Marino; King Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia became King of Italy

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm

  • 1866 - Italy obtained Venice from Austria

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm

  • 1870 - Italian forces occupied Rome

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm

  • 1871 - Rome named capital of Italy

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm

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    Bellagio
    Postcard
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    Lago di Como
    Postcard
  • 1895 - Italy
    Italy, it'a-le, a kingdom in the S. of Europe, consisting of a peninsula, or continental portion, and numerous islands, of which Sicily and Sardinia...Read MORE...


  • 1900 - Population of Italy - 32,475,000


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    Verona
    Postcard
  •  Italy
    Firenze
    Postcard
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    (IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
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    (IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
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    (IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
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    (IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
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    (IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
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    (IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1906 - April 7 – Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates Naples.

    www.wikipedia.org
    April 7, 1906

  • News 1913 - December 12 – Vincenzo Perugia tries to sell the Mona Lisa in Florence and is arrested.

    www.wikipedia.org
    December 12, 1913

  • 1915 - Italy joined World War I on side of Allies

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm

  • 1922 - Fascists took control of Rome; Benito Mussolini named Prime Minister

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm

  • 1925 - Mussolini became Dictator of Italy

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm

  • 1929 - February 11 - Independent State of Vatican City created by Lateran Treaty
    Lateran Concordat of 1929
    On February 11th, 1929, an historic treaty was signed between the Italian Government and the Vatican re-establishing the...Read MORE...


  • 1936 - Mussolini formed anti-Communist Axis with Germany

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm

  • 1940 - Italy entered World War II as ally of Germany

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm

  • 1943 - Italy surrendered to Allied forces; Mussolini forced to resign; Italy declared war on Germany

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm

  • 1945 - Mussolini executed by Italian partisans

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm

  • 1955 - Italy joined United Nations

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm

  •  Italy
    Rome
    Hotel Pension
    Villa Ludovisi
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    Roma
    Albergo Ristorante
    Podio Bella Napoli
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Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Italy


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Tivoli in Italy
Kelly's New System of Universal Geography, 1828
Artwork

Italy
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Bellagio
Postcard

Italy
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Lago di Como
Postcard



Italy
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Verona
Postcard

Italy
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Firenze
Postcard

Italy
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(IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois

Italy
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(IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois

Italy
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(IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois

Italy
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(IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois

Italy
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(IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois

Italy
Pinterest

(IL) - Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois



Italy
Pinterest
Rome
Hotel Pension
Villa Ludovisi
Advertisement

Italy
Pinterest
Roma
Albergo Ristorante
Podio Bella Napoli
Advertisement
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History and News of Italy

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  • 1592 - The thermometer is invented (Galileo, Italy)
    "The first thermometer was constructed by Galileo. It consisted of a small glass globe fitted with a long tube. The open end of the tube was inserted ... Read MORE...

  • 1609 - Galileo's telescope (Galileo, Italy)
    "Galileo made his first telescope in 1609, modeled after telescopes produced in other parts of Europe that could magnify objects three times. He... Read MORE...

  • 1693 - Earthquake in Sicily killed over 60,000, destroyed 45 cities

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm
  • 1737 - March 12 - Galileo's body moved to Church of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy

    onthisday.com
  • 1796 - Napoleon Bonaparte assumes command of the Army of Italy
  • 1800 - Electric storage battery is invented (Alessandro Volta, Italy)
    ...Probably the most important developments in the science of electricity started with the invention of the first battery in 1800 by Alessandro... Read MORE...

  • 1805 - Napoleon declared himself Italian Emperor

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm
  • 1814 - Napoleon abdicated his throne; Italy divided into small kingdoms

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm
  • 1849 - Republic of Rome taken over by French troops

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm
  • 1861 - Kingdom of Italy established excluding Rome, Venice, San Marino; King Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia became King of Italy

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm
  • 1866 - Italy obtained Venice from Austria

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm
  • 1870 - Italian forces occupied Rome

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm
  • 1871 - Rome named capital of Italy

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm
  • 1895 - Italy
    Italy, it'a-le, a kingdom in the S. of Europe, consisting of a peninsula, or continental portion, and numerous islands, of which Sicily and Sardinia... Read MORE...

  • 1900 - Population of Italy - 32,475,000
  • 1906 - April 7 – Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates Naples.

    www.wikipedia.org
    April 7, 1906
  • News  1913 - December 12 – Vincenzo Perugia tries to sell the Mona Lisa in Florence and is arrested.

    www.wikipedia.org
    December 12, 1913
  • 1915 - Italy joined World War I on side of Allies

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm
  • 1922 - Fascists took control of Rome; Benito Mussolini named Prime Minister

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm
  • 1925 - Mussolini became Dictator of Italy

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm
  • 1929 - February 11 - Independent State of Vatican City created by Lateran Treaty
    Lateran Concordat of 1929
    On February 11th, 1929, an historic treaty was signed between the Italian Government and the Vatican re-establishing the... Read MORE...

  • 1936 - Mussolini formed anti-Communist Axis with Germany

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm
  • 1940 - Italy entered World War II as ally of Germany

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm
  • 1943 - Italy surrendered to Allied forces; Mussolini forced to resign; Italy declared war on Germany

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm
  • 1945 - Mussolini executed by Italian partisans

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm
  • 1955 - Italy joined United Nations

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ europe/ italy/ ittimeln.htm

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