1. The Valle d’Aosta is a mountainous semi-autonomous region in Northwestern Italy, bordered by Rhône-Alpes, France to the west, Valais, Switzerland to the north and the region of Piedmont to the south & east. With an area of 3,263 km2 and a population of about 127,000, it is the smallest, least populous, and least densely populated region of Italy. Italian and French are both official languages, though the native population speaks also Valdôtain, a dialect of Arpitan. In 2001, 96% of the Valdostan population reported knowing Italian, 75% French, 56% Arpitan, and 51% all of them. 

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  3. "Italians tend to be less rigidly moral and law-abiding than do Anglo-Saxons. They also have a profound suspicion of the state and most of its agencies."
    — Donna Leon
  4. mudwerksSICILY. Syracuse. Time of Dionysius I (405-367 BC). AR decadrachm (33mm, 43.30 gm, 6h). Struck ca. 400-390 BC. Unsigned dies in the style of Euainetos. Charioteer, in flowing chiton and holding goad and reins, driving racing quadriga left; above, Nike flying right, about to crown charioteer with wreath; in exergue, panoply of arms: cuirass between two greaves, with Phrygian helmet to right; all within a border of dots / Head of Arethusa left, wearing wreath of reeds, triple-pendant earring, and necklace; ΣΥ-Ρ-Α-Κ-ΟΣΙΩΝ above, pellet below chin, four dolphins swimming around…

  5. The Pala group (Italian: Pale di San Martino, Dolomiti delle Pale or Gruppo delle Pale) is a mountain range in the Dolomites, in the eastern Trentino and part of the province of Belluno in Northern Italy. They cover an area of 240 km² between the Primiero, Valle del Biois, and Agordino and include a large plateau (altopiano delle Pale), spanning 50 km² between 2,500 and 2,800 m, an empty rocky extent. Geologically, they are composed of dolostone.

  6. Capri harbor from Villa San Michele

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  8. christinerodEn bateau. Fireworks in Venice. Artist George Barbier, 1928

  10. Amalfi

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  14. Castel dell’Ovo, Napoli. The name, “Egg Castle,” comes from a legend that Virgil put a magical egg into the castle’s foundations to support it. It was built by the Normans in the 12th century, and later served as the seat of the Royal Chamber and of the State Treasury of Naples. 


  15. "To see how many Italians are going out of Italy, the sort of exodus, a great generation leaving my country, I think is the worst nightmare for me as prime minister but also for the country, of course."
    — Enrico Letta (*20 Aug 1966), Italian politician who was Prime Minister from 2013 to 2014, leading a grand coalition; Minister of European Affairs from 1998 to 1999, Minister of Industry from 1999 to 2001, Secretary to the Council of Ministers from 2006 to 2008. His uncle is centre-right politician Gianni Letta, advisor of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi..