Italy Facts for Kids – 5 Interesting Facts about Italy

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Do you like to visit Italy someday? Let’s discover five interesting Italy facts for kids.

Italy Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: A Volcano in Italy Has Ruined The City of Pompeii in AD 79

Volcanoes are mountains that spew lava and ash from under the earth’s crust when they erupt from a crater at their peak. There are over 80 active volcanoes in European countries but only three are in the mainland of Europe. All three of these volcanoes are in Italy. They are called Mount Etna, Stromboli, and Mount Vesuvius.

Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Stromboli is a volcanic island off the coast of Sicily, and Mount Vesuvius which is best known for its destruction of the city of Pompeii in AD 79.

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Italy Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: What Do You Think The Word “Italy” Means?

Italy’s name was originally Vitalia. That word comes from the Latin word ‘vitulus’, which means a young cow, the name Italy translates to land of cattle or land of cows. Italy is one of the best known places in Europe for cattle. There are four breeds of cow that come from Italy. They are Piemontese: that make milk for cheeses, Chianina: which is one of the oldest breeds in the world, Marchigiana: which used to be working cows and Romagnola: which were used to pull farm equipment.

Italy Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: When Exactly Do You Think Italian Started to Make Pizzas?

If you visit Italy you are sure to find amazing things to eat while you are there. Pizza was invented in the Italian city of Naples. It was a food that Italian workers could eat on the go. Pasta has been eaten in Italy since the 4th century BC. Archaeologists found tools used to make pasta from this time. Italian’s have created around 350 different pasta dishes so there are plenty to try.

Italy is also known for its cheese and chocolate. There are over 2000 types of Italian cheese including parmesan, mozzarella, ricotta, and mascarpone.

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Italy Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: 14 of Shakespeare’s Plays Were Set in Italy

Shakespeare is one of the most famous playwrights in the world. He was born in England in the 1560’s and he loved Italian culture. Shakespeare is known for this poetry in the form of sonnets. Sonnets are poems made up of 14 rhyming lines and the first ever sonnets came from Italy. Romeo and Juliet, one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, is set in Verona which is in the north of Italy.

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Two men acting on stage

Italy Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: Gondolas Boats in The Lovely Venice

Venice is a very interesting city that consists of more than a hundred little islands. Instead of roads Venice has canals and pathways. Cars are not allowed within the city streets so to get around people walk, cycle, or take canal boats. You can take a tour around all of Venice on a boat. The long thin boats used on the canals are called gondolas.

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Italy Facts for Kids: Gondolas boats in Venice

We hope you enjoyed learning more things about Italy as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how majestic this country is, you can move on to learn about other ones like: United States, Italy, Day of the Dead in Mexico, Festivals in Mexico, 8 Amazing Places to Visit in Egypt, Egypt, Festivals in India and 1 Interesting Fact about Every Country in Asia.

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