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Geography and History of Italy on a Map

How much do you know about the Italian culture, geography and history? Good luck have fun!!
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Regions
Large island located on the African Tectonic Plate
Sicily
Neapolitan speaking region where the first pizza was created
Campania
Breadsticks, Nutella, and Lavazza originate from this region whose name means 'at the foot of the mountains'
Piedmont
Peninsula known as Italy's 'toe' which was formerly a Greek colony
Calabria
Mountainous southern region where Matera, Maratea, and Pollino National Park are located
Basilicata
Pesto and Linguine are examples of food from this region along the Italian Riviera
Liguria
Romagnol speaking region partially named after the 'Via Aemilia'
Emilia-Romagna
'Heel' of Italy which produces over 40% of the country's olive oil
Apulia
Landlocked region known for its truffles and Lake Trasimeno
Umbria
White wine producing region with over 80,000 Slovenes
Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Region where the Renaissance began which was formerly part of the Etruscan civilization
Tuscany
Smallest region which contains parts of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, and Monte Rosa
Aosta Valley
Region with the longest coastline known for its beaches, and rock formations
Sardinia
Most populated region where Lake Garda and Lake Como are found
Lombardy
Region with three national parks and many mountains, including Monte Amaro and Corno Grande
Abruzzo
Central region known for its shoemaking
Marche
German speaking autonomous region which contains most of the Dolomites
Trentino-Alto Adige
Region ruled by a doge in the past which produces 19% of Italy's wine
Veneto
Newest region that has the shortest coastline
Molise
Flat region with cuisine such as Spaghetti Carbonara, Cacio e Pepe, and Romanesco broccoli
Lazio
 
 
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Largest Cities
2,748,109
Rome
1,354,196
Milan
913,462
Naples
841,600
Turin
630,167
Palermo
558,745
Genoa
387,971
Bologna
360,930
Florence
316,015
Bari
298,762
Catania
255,588
Verona
250,369
Venice
218,786
Messina
206,496
Padua
198,417
Trieste
196,764
Parma
196,446
Brescia
195,736
Prato
188,098
Taranto
184,153
Modena
 
 
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Bodies of Water
Bay between Albania, Greece and Italy which has the deepest point in Europe
Ionian Sea
Shallow river crossed by Julius Caesar in 49 BCE
Rubicon River
Islands such as Elba, Ischia and the Aeolian Islands are found in this sea
Tyrrhenian Sea
Sea located between the Italian peninsula and the Balkan peninsula
Adriatic Sea
Longest river in Italy found in the north
Po River
Central Italian river which flows through the capital
Tiber River
Sea between Corsica and the Italian Riviera where Cinque Terre is located
Ligurian Sea
 
 
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Mountains
Highest mountain entirely within Italy
Gran Paradiso
Stratovolcano which destroyed Pompeii in 79 A.D.
Mount Vesuvius
Major mountain range that forms Italy's northern borders
Alps
Largest and most active volcano in Europe
Mount Etna
'Lighthouse of the Mediterranean' located in the Aeolian Islands
Mount Stromboli
Mountain range which runs through the entire Italian Peninsula
Apennines
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Battles
Battle won by the Carthaginians which took place on a northern river
Battle of the Trebia
Carthaginian victory which resulted in Carthage gaining land in southern Italy
Battle of Cannae
Heavy Roman defeat at a central Italian lake
Battle of Lake Trasimene
One of the largest naval battles, fought off southern (region #1)
Battle of Cape Ecnomus
Nine year long siege on what is now Marsala
Siege of Lilybaeum
 
 
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Landmarks
One of seven hills of the capital where the temples of Saturn and Jupiter are located
Capitoline Hill
Resort island which has a famous salad named after it
Capri
Freestanding bell tower of the city's cathedral which leans at a four degree angle
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Northern town square, known for a basilica and its bell tower
Piazza San Marco
Medieval bridge across the Arno River with shops along it
Ponte Vecchio
Southern coastline and World Heritage Site
Amalfi Coast
Largest man-made waterfall, created by the Romans
Marmore Falls
 
 
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Cultural Cities
Region capital originally named 'Tridentum'
Trento
Southern city founded by Diomedes where the Via Appia and the Via Traiana meet
Benevento
Capital of the Western Roman Empire known for its mosaics
Ravenna
Region capital where Baci originates from
Perugia
Medieval city state with Renaissance city walls
Lucca
Island region capital with the Bastion Saint Rémy
Cagliari
City close to San Marino known for its beaches
Rimini
Catalan speaking city named after algae (seaweed)
Alghero
Central port and largest city in its region
Pescara
Northern city which hosts the Italian Grand Prix
Monza
Greek city state on eastern Sicily which shares its name with a city in New York
Syracuse
Southern region capital known for its silk
Catanzaro
 
 
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People
King of Italy and Sardinia and key figure in the Unification of Italy
Victor Emmanuel II
'Battle Pope' who commissioned the painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling
Pope Julius II
Merchant and explorer who travelled along the Silk Road
Marco Polo
Composer known for operas such as 'La Traviata' and 'Aida'
Giuseppe Verdi
Formula 1 driver who won two championships with Ferrari in the 1950s
Alberto Ascari
Renaissance artist who painted 'The School of Athens'
Raphael
America is named after this explorer
Amerigo Vespucci
Philosopher and Roman emperor during the Pax Romana
Marcus Aurelius
Longest serving Italian president who got 75% of the vote in the 2022 election
Sergio Mattarella
Last Holy Roman Emperor and Emperor of Austria during the Napoleonic Wars
Francis II
General who led the Expedition of the Thousand
Giuseppe Garibaldi
Violinist who composed 'The Barber of Seville' and 'William Tell Overture'
Antonio Rossini
Sculptor of David and painter of the Sistine Chapel ceiling
Michelangelo
Former goalkeeper for Juventus, PSG and the national team
Gianluigi Buffon
Roman emperor after the civil war of 69 A.D. and founder of the Flavian Dynasty
Vespasian
Poet and philosopher known for 'Divine Comedy'
Dante Alighieri
 
 
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Cuisine
Appetiser consisting of grilled garlic bread with olive oil and sometimes tomatoes
Bruschetta
Salty blue cheese commonly produced in the north
Gorgonzola
Desert made with mascarpone, coffee, biscuits and eggs
Tiramisu
'King of cheeses' usually grated
Parmigiano Reggiano
Deep fried rice balls coated in breadcrumbs
Arancini
Folded pizza filled with mozzarella, salami and an egg
Calzone
Tube-shaped pastry filled with ricotta
Cannoli
6 Comments
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Level 83
Jan 6, 2024
Great quiz! Your map looks great
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Level 65
Jan 7, 2024
Thank you :)
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Level 73
Jan 17, 2024
Great quiz, hard even for an Italian!

(p.s. if a palermitan reads "arancini" goes crazy, for them they are arancinE) ;-)

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Level 65
Jan 17, 2024
Thanks for the feedback.

I expect it :) It is accepted as a type-in though!

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Level 47
Jun 19, 2024
Great quiz! Didn't get points for "Apennine" though:( Seems I had to write "Apennines"
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Level 65
Jun 19, 2024
Fixed!

Thank you :)