In our on going and popular category of DID YOU KNOW, we have for you today, the country known for its excellence in the field of fashion amongst so many other things, the gorgeous Italy. As you move along the post you will see that there are countless things that you were entirely unaware off especially when you realize that some of these things, these facts, make Italy an even more interesting place than you already thought it was! Well that is precisely out job ladies and gentlemen, so read along to ten things to know about Italy and do let us keep you waiting for you are about to discover a world of amazement!
10. The Shroud of Turin
So we come to the first fact on our list of things to know about Italy! The Shroud of Turin is an ancient piece of linen cloth believed to bear the faint imprint of a male body, perhaps Jesus Christ after he was killed. It has been in the Turin’s San Giovanni Cathedral for at least 420 years. While scientists have determined the shroud was made no earlier than the 1200s, others continue to debate when and how the shroud was created.
Soccer is Italy’s most popular sport, and the famous San Siro Stadium in Milan holds 85,000 people. Italy has won the World Cup four times (1934, 1938, 1982, and 2006), making the country’s team second only to Brazil’s in number of wins. Soccer was introduced to Italians in the late 1800s by the British, but it was not until the 1930s under Mussolini that the sport took off on an international level. Soccer fans in Italy are called tifosi, meaning “carriers of typhus.” Italian soccer fans are known for their rowdy behavior and lack of inhibition.
8. Italy and Fashion
We move onto the next fact on our list of things to know about Italy. Italy is among the world’s leaders of the fashion industry. In the 1950s, Italian designers such as Nino Cerruti and Valentino led the world in creating stylish fashions. Additionally, Armani, Versace, Gucci, and Prada have become internationally recognized. Italy is also known for fine sports cars, such as the Ferrari and Lamborghini.
We move onto the next fact on our list of things to know about Italy. Influenced in part by the French flag, the Italian flag has evolved over several hundred years. The flag is vertically divided into three equal sections of green, white, and red, representing hope, faith, and charity. Another interpretation is that the green represents the Italian landscape, white represents the snow-capped Alps, and red represents the bloodshed that brought about the independence of Italy.
Now who would have thought that fora country that seems like the last thing on its mind is the race for power or the world economic battle would be performing so well as the same go! Though Italy’s economy lagged behind the rest of Europe during the first half of the twentieth century, currently it is the world’s eighth largest economy.