European Union Project: Italy

By: Nathan Traquair

Italy joined the European Union on March 25, 1957. Italy was also one of the founding countries of the European Economic Community, which was founded on January 1,1958.

Italy's History

From the eighth to the second century BC, the Etruscans ruled parts of what is now Italy. The Etruscan's power started to fade during the fifth century BC, and the Romans took over in place of them. By 42 BC, the Romans had taken over all of Italy and everything surrounding the Meditteranean sea. In 476, Rome fell and Italy was taken over. A man named Oadacer became King of Italy. In 562, Italy was taken under Byzantine rule. By 751, the Lombards had taken Italy from the north, and the Dukes from the south.

Geography of Italy

Italy is a boot shaped peninsula on the Meditteranean Sea. Italy also has two mountain ranges, named the Alps and the Appenines. Italy is also a country of lakes, and has over 7 decent sized lakes. It is surrounded by the Ionian, Adriatic, and Tyyrehenian seas.

Italy has a republic where the people choose a president and the president selects a prime minister to run the government.

Italy uses the Euro, and they previously used lira, a currency consisting of coins and paper money.

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