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Italy Country Quiz

Name these facts about the country of Italy.
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Last updated: November 21, 2018
First submittedApril 17, 2013
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Tallest mountain
Monte Bianco
Sistine chapel painter
Michelangelo
Longest river
Po
Radio pioneer
Guglielmo Marconi
The ultimate
Renaissance man
Leonardo da Vinci
Volcano that
destroyed Pompeii
Mount Vesuvius
Father of Astronomy
Galileo Galilei
First Roman emperor
Augustus
Pope's bodyguards
Swiss Guard
Nickname of Rome
The Eternal City
Tallest volcano
Mount Etna
Top football league
Serie A
Famous violin maker
who died in 1737
Antonio Stradivari
Currency before 2002
Lira
Italian for Italy
Italia
Biggest Islands
Sicily
Sardinia
 
Bordering Countries
Austria
France
San Marino
Slovenia
Switzerland
Vatican City
 
Founders of Rome
Romulus
Remus
Name the City
English
Italian
2006 Olympic host
Turin
Torino
Capital of Tuscany
Florence
Firenze
Famous for canals
Venice
Venezia
Fashion capital
Milan
Milano
Leaning tower city
Pisa
Origin of pizza
Naples
Napoli
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level 77
Jul 8, 2013
The Eternal City is a catchy nickname, but Italy is actually only in 20th place overall on a list of countries by their oldest cities.

Got most of these, including the above, but for some reason blanked on Turin and a couple other easy ones...
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level 66
Oct 28, 2013
That is correct. But Rome have a particularity: for more than 2000 years is a BIG city, not just a small village. How many, in the top 20 list, can say the same?
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level 77
Dec 8, 2015
Quite a few, actually. Though I believe only Luoyang and maybe Damascus under the Umayyads (not sure) could make the claim that they were ever the largest city in the world, as Rome used to be. Jerusalem, Gaziantep, Faiyum, Athens... all pretty big (historically/comparatively) and important cities much older than Rome.
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level 74
Oct 1, 2016
IRRC, Athens were rather small and unimportant at the time of Greek independence in 1830
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level 77
Mar 27, 2017
Djilas: and Rome became pretty much an overgrown wilderness after the fall of the Roman Empire and following several different barbarian sackings, up until the popes rebuilt the city in the Renaissance.
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level 14
Apr 16, 2014
Rome, the Eternal City. Full stop. That's the nickname. It's like Australia: the Lucky Country. Catchy nickname as well. We do not question the appropriateness of nicknames. Anyway, Rome survived, Jericho did not -- for example. What counts toward the nickname, is that of being one of the oldest in Europe... of course. Maybe not the oldest at all, because many Greek cities are way more ancient, together with other Phoenician colonies. But still: what makes it ancient or aeternal? Most of the "cities" of ancient foundations where either older than the appointed date (I am sure people dwelled in Rome's hills well before the foundation of the city); many, as well, are now but villages of towns. Rome is eternal, as its own glory. At least, in the myth.
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level 77
Dec 8, 2015
Jericho actually did survive. It has been continually inhabited since perhaps as early as 9600 BC. I visited it last January, it's still there. It's true that at times throughout history the city has been sacked, razed, and had it's population drastically reduced... but the same can be said of Rome, which was sacked by barbarians and largely abandoned after the fall of the Roman empire, at least compared to what it used to be.

As for oldest cities in Europe... you're right, Greek cities are older. Athens and Argos are both over 4,000 years older. Bulgarian cities, too; Plovdiv and Sofia being the oldest. And... Phoenician cities, as well. Larnaca (Cyprus), Cadiz (Spain), and Lisbon are all older than Rome.
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level 72
Dec 8, 2015
Most Australians don't know the origin of the nickname 'the lucky country'. If we did we'd stop using it - it was an insult.
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level 76
Dec 8, 2015
I have often heard Rome referred to as "The Eternal City" but I've never in my many decades heard of Australia as "The Lucky Country". The Land Down Under is the nickname I've always heard for Australia.
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level 79
Jun 19, 2018
I agree with Wombat. Mr. Horne was NOT being very nice to the good people of Australia. Let's stick with "The Land Down Under".
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level 38
Aug 17, 2017
What does that have to do with the price of Tea in China? Nobody asked how old Rome or Italy were!
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level 77
Nov 21, 2017
Nobody asked what you thought about the comment or following conversation and yet for some reason you felt compelled to tell us.
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level 52
Apr 6, 2019
Rome is not nicknamed "Oldest City" but "Eternal City", meaning something different... :-)
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level 77
Apr 6, 2019
If the meaning was intended to be what ivyhooligan commented above that's interesting and something I hadn't considered until it was brought up here. Though, even given that, there are other cities that have been around longer and until all of them die out they're still closer to being eternal for now since we'll never get to the end of time. :)
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level 62
Aug 10, 2019
Yea I found it weird how you starting building a case why it wasnt the oldest. To me that had nothing to do with it, it didnt even occur to me. Eternal is living on for ever. And not about origins.

That being said I do not know the (official) reasoning behind the nickname. But to me I would have never thought about it having something to do with being the earliest city.

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level 71
Jul 8, 2013
I've always thought of Mont Blanc as a French mountain. Never realized it bordered Italy as well.
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level 45
Jul 8, 2013
Mont Blanc is in Italy? I've been living a lie my whole life...
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level 46
May 6, 2014
Me too
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level 32
Dec 8, 2015
No, Mont Blanc is in france, Monte Bianco is in Italy, it is about 100m shorter than mont blanc
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level 73
Apr 6, 2019
Huh?
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level 18
Jul 8, 2013
top football flight is very confusing it should be changed to league or division
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level 82
May 18, 2014
Agreed. I thought it was a misspelling of "fight" and had no idea what was meant.
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level ∞
Aug 10, 2015
Changed it to league
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level 73
Dec 8, 2015
why is? seems pretty self explanatory to me
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level 24
Jul 8, 2013
Missed so many of these because I can't spell :'(
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level 64
Feb 19, 2014
Ask a proper question - top football "flight"??? Say league or division please!
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level 59
Apr 4, 2014
Got everything except the radio pioneer. It's always nice to know your neighbour. ;)
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level 70
Apr 6, 2019
I used to live in Chelmsford, England, where Marconi established much of his business and was possibly the largest employer for decades. My own maternal grandfather helped them develop early radio packet switching technology. I myself lived in a terraced house built in 1912 to house employees of the Marconi factory on the next street.
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level 78
Apr 13, 2014
I really don't know what a "football flight" can be :3.
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level 66
Nov 7, 2014
It's when the quarterback throws the ball or when the kicker or punter kicks the ball. The time the ball is in the air is the flight of the football or "football flight." :P
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level 67
Dec 8, 2015
In this case 'Flight' means level, it is used in instances such as a 'Flight of Stairs'...... until a landing or another floor and so on.
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level 50
Oct 10, 2014
Great quiz! Why not trying some about Portugal and Portuguese culture? Try one of mine!
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level 54
Aug 10, 2015
Le mont Blanc est 100% français. Point.
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level 76
Aug 26, 2015
Except for the part in Italy.
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level 29
Nov 13, 2015
Point... WRONG! Man. Come on. :p
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level 70
Dec 8, 2015
Mont Blanc? Italy claims that the peak is a point along the Franco-Swiss border, which of course France rejects and nobody else takes seriously. I hope that this answer is not based on that claim.
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level 76
Dec 8, 2015
I enjoy these quizzes about world nations. I'm American and it's great to learn new things about other countries besides the capital, largest city, flag, etc.
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level 44
Dec 10, 2015
Mont blanc is not in Italy!! It's in france
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level 48
Dec 13, 2015
Is that so difficult to think that Mount Blanc/Bianco/White is shared between our countries? It's a petty discussion, as could be a quarrel to decide which country owns the Mediterranean sea...
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level 60
Dec 18, 2015
1 - the question about swiss guard regards vatican city, not italy 2 - i think the italian name should be accepted as right answer, in fact is the real name. like Vesuvio for the vulcano for example....
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level 61
Jun 7, 2017
It's probably arguable that the question does not regard Italy. I mean they guard Vatican City but that means they'd be on the border/gates to Rome and maybe even on the Italian side. I can only assume since I've never been there.
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level 51
Jun 5, 2016
please accept mt blanc
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level 51
Dec 3, 2016
This is what I came here to say as well
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level ∞
Jan 25, 2017
Okay, since you asked twice
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level 62
Aug 10, 2019
Hahaha that's funny!
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level 73
Oct 11, 2019
It's like deja vu all over again
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level 51
Dec 3, 2016
tried fiorentina, fiorenza, fiorenzia, florenza, florienza, florienze, fiorenze, fiorienze, firenza, fierenze, fiorenzo...could not get firenze for the death of me
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level 35
Jan 24, 2017
Serie A is now Calcio A
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level ∞
Jan 25, 2017
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serie_A
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level 77
Mar 27, 2017
I've been in Italy 3 weeks now. Have a few more European myths to bust.

Myth 1: you can't have a bad meal in Italy. *So* wrong. If anything it's difficult to find a good one. So many 3rd-rate pasta and pizza shops everywhere. Makes me miss the high standards of Olive Garden and Chef Boyardee sometimes. Though Venchi gelato is nice.

Myth 2: pizza was invented in Naples. Myth 3: they still make the best pizza in the world there.
So today I am in Napoli and I've had so much bad pizza in Italy I decided to seek out the *best* pizzeria in the city in Italy most famous for its pizza. Found the #1 place as confirmed in a dozen different lists and the book Eat Pray Love. Went there for lunch. What passes for pizza in this place is basically a blob of wet, droopy, drippy, mushy dough covered in oil. There is some small globs of cheese here and there but mostly bare crust. and one pathetic sprig of basil in the middle.
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level 77
Mar 27, 2017
Somehow with 75% less cheese and 100% less meat than the average American pie, they've still managed to make a pizza 300% more greasy. I wouldn't even really call this pizza.
Conclusion 1: Neapolitan pizza is not the best in the world. I'd rather have Pizza Hut. And I hate Pizza Hut.
Conclusion 2: Italians in Naples may have made innovations to Greek pita (flatbread with toppings on it) and called it pizza, but the pizza that is world famous, loved and enjoyed by billions around the world, was not invented in Naples. As I've read before, *this* pizza, one with a circular crust thick enough to hold in one hand without its contents falling everywhere, cut into equal slices to be easily shared, covered with a thick layer of tomato sauce and mozzarella evenly distributed and other savory toppings like pepperoni and sausage and peppers and olives, not so greasy that one slice will give you intestinal cramps... *this* pizza was invented in Little Italy in New York City.
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level 73
Oct 3, 2018
No.
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level 77
Apr 6, 2019
I'm sorry you're having trouble understanding this.
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level 73
Apr 6, 2019
Lucid 2-letter response?


Nope.
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level 75
Apr 6, 2019
Did you seek out this quiz, purely to express your displeasure at the food you'd eaten in Italy? Seems peculiar.
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level 80
Apr 6, 2019
Yes, I'm sure that was completely intentional.
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level 77
Apr 6, 2019
Not really. I was in Italy for a few months and while there looked up quizzes on Italy to see if I'd learned anything.
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level 62
Aug 10, 2019
No he seeks em all out. I think it is some personal vendetta about pizza. I have seen him make the same comment about pizza on atleast 25 other quizzes..

But maybe this trip to italy was the source of his pizza trauma, that initated all the other comments ;)

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level 70
Jun 9, 2017
Missed Romulus & Remus. D'OH! Shoulda remembered AS Roma's logo with the two kids sucking on the wolf teats. On second thought, maybe it's good that I forgot that.
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level 66
Nov 23, 2017
But the pope doesn't live in Italy...?
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level 38
Mar 30, 2019
Kalbahamut: It's time to stop being so paranoid; my August 17, 2017 comment was not directed at you, but to Jacob Sterlov.
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level 77
Apr 6, 2019
You were replying to my comment, not his (you hit the "reply" button to my comment), and though you seem to have calmed down a bit recently, back in 2017 for sure you seemed to have, and even once announced you had, made it your mission on this site to post as many harassing comments as you could directed at and personally attacking me until some of them got past the censor. Even if I misread who your comment was directed at, I was not being paranoid.
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level 73
May 8, 2019
Yeah, divantilya. Stop questionning kalbahamut's comments or intentions: he simply cannot be wrong. Ever.
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level 38
Jul 13, 2019
^ You're absolutely right, I should stop. It's not worth the effort. But just for the record, I never thought, nor stated that it was my mission to harass anyone. That is an outright lie.
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level 77
Jul 31, 2019
I'm wrong when I'm wrong but I'm not wrong here nor am I lying. Ironically, Crusher's implication about me that I am presumptuous or can't admit when I'm wrong is unfounded, presumptuous, and wrong; and diva's accusation that I'm a liar is itself a lie. But yes, diva, you should stop. This schtick was old 2 years ago.
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level 64
Apr 6, 2019
In which way is the Swiss Guard relevant to Italy?
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level 77
Apr 6, 2019
The Swiss Guard was established in 1506. Vatican City gained independence in 1929. *Most* of these answers predate the creation of the modern nation-state of Italy, so they're all related to Italy in the same way.
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level 56
Apr 6, 2019
Is it really accurate to call Galilei the 'father of astronomy', considering there were important astronomical traditions all over the world throughout ancient and medieval times?
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level 77
Apr 6, 2019
Galileo is often called the father of astronomy, or the father of observational or modern astronomy. and it's fair, he made a lot of important contributions and I believe was the first person to try observing celestial bodies with a telescope.
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level 4
Jul 19, 2019
Sono italiano e ne ho sbagliate due I’m italian and i Miss two
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level 62
Aug 10, 2019
Stupidly missed france and sardinia ( couldnt get corsica out of my head) and didnt get (and wouldnt even if I had more time) eternal, po and serie a ( I was thinking of the top footbal club)

Weird/interesting/funny etc how pisa is the best guessed answer, even than the italian name for italy.

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level 39
Aug 12, 2019
i thought the liretta was the italian currency before 2002...