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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Facts About Italy

62 facts about Italy.

Interesting, if not insufficient given Italy's diabolically long and deep history. Something tells me you can add a '0' to that figure and it still won't scratch the surface.

Although not sure why the fact the University of Bologna was the world's first university wasn't mentioned in #13: "The University of Rome is one of the world’s oldest universities and was founded by the Catholic Church in A.D. 1303. Often called La Sapienza (“knowledge”), the University of Rome is also Europe’s largest university with 150,000 students.'

 It's not the first time I hear #6 in some form or another:
" Italy is said to have more masterpieces per square mile than any other country in the world."
 The other thing said is "it's estimated 40% of the world's and 60% of Europe's artistic treasures reside within its borders."