The Flag

This is the Italian flag. The Italian flag's three colours, green, white and red all represent something different. The green symbolises hope for the Italian landscape, the white represents faith and the red represents charity or the bloodshed that brought about the independence of Italy as a nation.

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Task 1- setting the scene

The capital city of Italy in Rome, this is where the government is based and where the president has his office. Two mountain ranges in Italy are Apennine Mountain just North of Rome and very far North of Italy is Mont Blanc Mountain. Italy is full of active and non-active volcanos, one of these volcanos are Volcano Vulsini which is just north of Rome as well as Volcano Amiata which is also just north of Rome. It is much cooler in the Northern parts of Italy and much hotter in the Southern, because the south is much closer to the equator. Milan is the most populated region in Italy because its known for amazing fashion but also it is much easier to grow crops because of the climate up North. Where as the Sicily is densely populated because its very dry in the Southern part of Italy and it's hard to farm crops.

Most known places in Rome

Task 2- The physical Geography of Italy

Italy has the only active volcanos in whole of mainland Europe, and there are three of them. Stromboli is on an island just off the North coast of Sicily and is 924 m high. It's last major eruption was in April 2009. Mt Vesuvius is also on an island just East of Naples. It is 1,300 m high and is famous for it's eruption in AD79 that destroyed the Roman city of Pompeii. This eruption killed over 16,000 people and buried the whole town in a cloud of stones and ash. Mt Etna is by far the largest of these three volcanoes and is 3,350 m high, at least two and a half times the height of Mt Vesuvius. Mt Etna is almost constantly erupting and is one of the most dangerous volcanos in all of Europe. This is because the fertile volcanic soil that it produces means that many farms and vineyards surround the volcano on its lower slopes, which can often cause danger to the people living and working around it.

Task 3- The Human Geography of Italy

In 2011 over 790,000 cars were made in Italy. Over 90% of these were made by the Italian Fiat group, the largest of the Italian car manufacturers. As well as it's own Fiat range of cars, it also makes the famous Alfa Romeo and Lancia and the super sports cars Ferrari and Maserati. All of these cars are manufactured in Northern Italy, either in Milan, Turin and Modena. It is because this company and other associated with it employ such a large number of people that the North of Italy has the largest population.

Italy's other large industry is wine making. Italy is one of the largest wine producers in the world and makes about one third of the worlds wine, Italian's drink on average 42 litres per year. Italy is a peninsula with a long coastline and so it's climate is very stable and doesn't suffer from extreme weather changes. This means that grapes can be grown all though Italy with more than one million vineyards throughout the land. Therefore, the large number of people working in the wine industry are not concentrated in one area but are spread right throughout Italy.

Major Car Manufacturers of Italy

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Wine Regions of Italy

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Task 4- The food and culture of Italy

Pizza was originally invented in Naples, and since then has become very popular all throughout the world. It has been around since the Ancient Greeks and the idea spread very quickly, it is one of the most popular dishes in the world and each region in Italy has their own slightly different tastes and toppings. Everybody thinks that pasta originated from Italy, where in fact it was actually invented in China. Pasta was bought it Italy by Marco Polo, the famous explorer. The Italian's started making pizza out of pasta and thats where the idea of pizza came from. Pasta is a truly amazingly versatile food because it can be made into so many dishes, for example pasta is the most basic food in ravioli, lasagne, spaghetti bolognese, macaroni cheese and the numerous shapes and sizes of pasta itself, such as shells, twirls and tubes.

Most famous food

Most common deserts

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