History of Italy

Name these facts from Italian history after the collapse of the Roman empire.
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Last updated: December 7, 2019
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Cultural "rebirth" that started in Italy around 1300
Renaissance
City known as the "birthplace" of the above
Florence
Family that ruled that city. Notable members included Cosimo and Lorenzo.
Medici
Rome's largest church, completed in 1626
St. Peter's
Artist who painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
Michelangelo
Lagoon-based city that dominated Mediterranean commerce in the Middle Ages
Venice
Title for the ruler of the above
Doge
Rival of that city; birthplace of Columbus
Genoa
Scientist who discovered the moons of Jupiter
Galileo Galilei
German empire that technically ruled Italy from 951–1806
Holy Roman
Faction that were rivals of the Ghibellines
The Guelphs
Germanic tribe that ruled Italy from 568–774 and who gave their name to Milan's region
The Lombards
Poet who wrote "The Divine Comedy"
Dante Alighieri
Family name of the notoriously corrupt Pope Alexander VI (1492–1503)
Borgia
Frenchman who conquered Italy in the early 1800s and made many reforms
Napoleon
Fascist leader of Italy, 1925–1943
Benito Mussolini
African country invaded by Italy in 1935
Ethiopia
First king of a united Italy (1861)
Victor Emmanuel II
General whose "redshirts" fought for that unification
Giuseppe Garibaldi
Capital of Piedmont that was the first capital of Italy (1861–1865)
Turin
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Level 81
Feb 15, 2015
Agreed. It was Abyssinia in 1935 not Ethiopia.
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Level ∞
Feb 16, 2015
Okay, Abyssinia will work now
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Level 56
Feb 15, 2015
Thank Goodness for Assassin's Creed. Most of what I know of Italy came from playing that game.
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Level 73
Feb 15, 2015
Please accept

Langobards

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Level 83
Feb 15, 2015
If you knew Langobards, you knew the common, modern name.
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Level 65
Oct 20, 2017
Not necessarily, no. In German, they're called Langobarden, so naturally I knew Langobards, but I only got Lombards because I know that the region is called Lombardia/Lombardy/Lombardei.
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Level 91
Oct 22, 2017
not if you are Italian, where Longobardi/Langobards are the germanic people while Lombardi are modern day inhabitants of Lombardia
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Level 61
Feb 15, 2015
Abyssinia should be the preferred choice with Ethiopia as an acceptable alternative.
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Level 62
Feb 18, 2015
Isn't St. Peter's in the Vatican City, not Rome?
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Level 87
Jun 2, 2022
Isn't Vatican City in Rome?
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Level 81
Nov 4, 2015
That's so confusing... I thought that Giuseppe Garibaldi was a composer. It turns out the composer was called Giuseppe GaribOldi.
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Level 52
Dec 15, 2015
Could you accept Peters church..?
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Level 27
May 23, 2016
Please accept the Italian word "Rinascimento"
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Level 56
Feb 5, 2021
I second this
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Level 54
Jun 2, 2022
Agreed, the entire quiz should accept Italian answers.
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Level 52
Nov 20, 2016
Genova should be accepted, as Venezia, Torino, Firenze are
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Level 49
Oct 20, 2017
Should also include original names, Rinascimento for Renaissance (maybe less relevant than the other suggestions, but since second one's an adopted french word...), San Pietro for Saint peter, Longobardi/Langobardi for Lombards
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Level 59
Oct 20, 2017
This quiz is in English, not Italian. Besides, Longbardi/Langabardi is not the original names, as the Lombards were a Germanic tribe and you've given the modern Italian names, I don't think the Lombards spoke 21st century Italian in the first millennium!
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Level 37
Mar 12, 2018
Oh, please! - English has incorporated so many words/terms from other languages, that saying the "This is an English" quiz is rather pompous to say the least. Answers in the native language should always be the preference, with the English translation as the alter-

nate.

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Level 83
Jun 2, 2022
diva that's an absurd position to take. I don't have a problem with type-ins, but, on an English-language quiz the answers ought to be in English. Just like on the Spanish-language quizzes on the site, the answers are in Spanish. etc.
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Level 15
Jun 29, 2022
Well, actually the italian word "Longobardi" is more similar to the original one, Langobardi/s, which is arrived to us thanks to Paolo Diacono and his tale about the origin of thoose people. The word "Lombards" is,without any doubt, something more modern; keep always in mind, in fact, that at that time almost everyone in Europe spoke latin (or some sort of it), so the english or english related words describing peoples, cultures, places ecc., were not used at all! As a matter of fact the northern part of Italy occupied by the Langobardi (latin for Longbeards) took its name from them: Langobardia and, only after some time, Lombardia (from it: Lombards). So when you say that "Longobardi" is a word from the 21st century italian you commit a great error, mistaking latin with italian.
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Level 57
Oct 20, 2017
Napoleon was not French. He was born and raised in Corsica.
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Level 84
Oct 20, 2017
Napoleon was born four months after Corsica was (once and for all) conquered by France.
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Level 64
Jun 2, 2022
"Can you tell me of what nationality Napoleon was?" "Of Corsican."
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Level 59
Jun 2, 2022
tbf people in corsica generally do not like france. i know someone who went to a restaurant's toilet. the owner was furious and was about to beat them up but then he heard that they were not french from the accent and let them go. still doesn't mean napoleon was not french ig
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Level 77
Oct 20, 2017
I had the family surname of the pope in a file somewhere among the cobwebs of my brain, but my brain first pulled the name Lizzie Borden out of a nearby file instead of Lucrezia Borgia, then it couldn't get the darned draw shut in time to pull open the correct file. Does anyone else notice that happening as they get older? It's so frustrating (and a little scary, too.)
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Level 78
Apr 18, 2019
Hang in there old girl - you're still doing just fine. We seniors have to stick together.
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Level 66
Oct 20, 2017
nice quiz :)
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Level 74
Oct 20, 2017
I was so preoccupied with the Sforzas, that I completly forgot about the Medici and Borgias. :(
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Level 51
Mar 23, 2020
Accept duke for Doge maybe? Everything else is in english except for that one.
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Level 61
Jul 12, 2020
Italian for duke is "duca." Doge is in italian specifically because it is unique and doesn't have an english equivalent.
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Level 43
Jun 4, 2022
Doge is the specific word used in English when referring to the ruler of Venice.
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Level 73
Dec 23, 2020
Accepting Victor for Victor Emmanuel is like accepting John for John Paul II.
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Level 67
Jan 11, 2022
I just read The Prague Cemetery by Eco and still missed Garibaldi!