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Incredible Italy!!!

Italy, the Italian Republic is situated on the Italian peninsula in the Southern part of Europe. Italy shares its northern alpine boundary with France, Switzerland and Austria. Italy has been the home of many European cultures such as Estruscan and the Romans.

Today, Italy is a democratic republic and a developed country with 8th largest Quality-of-life index rating in the world. Here are some cool pics of INCREDIBLE ITALY!!!Italy

Excavations throughout Italy reveal a modern human presence dating back to the Palaeolithic period, some 200,000 years ago.In the 8th and 7th centuries BC Greek colonies were established all along the coast of Sicily and the southern part of the Italian Peninsula. Subsequently, Romans referred to this area as Magna Graecia, as it was so densely inhabited by Greeks.Ancient Rome was at first a small agricultural community founded circa the 8th century BC that grew over the course of the centuries into a colossal empire encompassing the whole Mediterranean Sea, in which Ancient Greek and Roman cultures merged into one civilization.

This civilization was so influential that parts of it survive in modern law, administration, philosophy and arts, forming the ground that Western civilization is based upon. In its twelve-century existence, it transformed itself from republic to monarchy and finally to autocracy.

In steady decline since the 2nd century AD, the empire finally broke into two parts in 285 AD: the Western Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire in the East. The western part under the pressure of Goths finally dissolved, leaving the Italian peninsula divided into small independent kingdoms and feuding city states for the next 14 centuries, and leaving the eastern part sole heir to the Roman legacy.

December 15, 2008 Posted by | Nature, Personal | , , | Leave a comment