Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Italy’s southern regions entice visitors and multinationals

Capri, Campania

Eager to embrace the world, the regions of Campania and Apulia have focused their efforts on rapidly developing tourism and the private sector to exploit... Apr 25, 2017

Tourism & Culture | Europe | Italy

Italian Style

Italianità: a unique interpretation of high-quality, style and innovation

Left: A living room by Poliform Varenna. Right: A chandelier by Venini

As the undisputed global leader of design, Italy’s creative cultural tradition has evolved into a new all-encompassing concept of style, called italianità Mar 22, 2017

Industry & Trade | Europe | Italy

10 stops to make #inLombardia

The ultimate Italian getaway

The UNESCO-protected and spiritual Sacro Monte di Varese is one of the highlights of any visit to the Lombardy region

Italy’s northern Lombardy region has culture, charisma and culinary delights at every turn.  Nov 04, 2016

Tourism & Culture | Europe | Italy

The Good Life

Italy the ‘Wellness Nation’: a global reference point for a healthy and sustainable lifestyle

Italy is one of a handful of places on the planet where living the good life is not just a pleasant reverie or wistful state of mind. All you have to do... Oct 28, 2016

Others | Europe | Italy

Lombardy Region

Beautiful Lombardy amongst “Four Motors” driving EU economy

Lake Garda, Lombardy

With a €300 billion GDP, tight integration of the public and private sector and more than double the national average of investment in R&D, Lombardy... Oct 19, 2016

Industry & Trade | Europe | Italy

Economic and banking reforms spur Italy’s competitiveness

The 2016 Stability Law introduced tax cuts for households and companies that, along with the privatization plan, gave a much-needed boost to the economy.... Oct 13, 2016

Finance | Europe | Italy

Major investment in infrastructure unlocks strategic connectivity

Home to the largest and most advanced railway company in Europe, and with sea and land borders which connect the MENA, Mediterranean and northern European... Oct 06, 2016

Infrastructure | Transport | Europe | Italy

Italy's 21st Century Reformation

Back in the driving seat

With renewed confidence, Italy is seeing the knock-on effect of an ambitious reform agenda. The country is taking the lead to shape a new European vision... Sep 23, 2016

Government | Europe | Italy

Campania Region

Why MICE in the Campania Region?

From the historic city of Naples to the spectacular coastlines of Amalfi and Sorrento, as well as the stunning islands of Procida, Ischia and the legendary... Aug 04, 2016

Tourism & Culture | Europe | Italy

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP)

CDP catalyzes Italy’s long-term growth through investment and addressing market failures

Claudio Costamagna, Chairman of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP)

Italy’s Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP), the national promotional bank with a €400 billion budget, is on a mission to jump-start the Italian... Jun 07, 2016

Finance | Government | Europe | Italy

Ministry of Defense

Italy, the crucial player in NATO’s new strategic frontier

Roberta Pinotti, Italian Minister of Defense

Italy's Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti explains Italy’s potential in peace and security matters should the country become the next non-permanent... May 13, 2016

Government | Defence | Europe | Italy

Ministry of Justice

Italy’s judicial reform streamlines dispute resolution and raises investor confidence

Andrea Orlando, Minister of Justice

Reduced numbers of trials clogging up courtrooms, the introduction of computerization into civil trial procedures, and the creation of specialized Business... Apr 27, 2016

Government | Europe | Italy

Italy favors holistic approach to building African partnerships

Mario Giro
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

An influence on international affairs, Italy plays a significant role in many of the world’s... Sep 23, 2016

Safilo represents the values Made in Italy stands for

Luisa Delgado
CEO of Safilo

With a long-standing history of quality, design and innovation, Safilo has the ability to... Sep 05, 2016

What do investors see in the ‘Lombardy model’?

Roberto Maroni
Governor of Lombardy Region

Lombardy is the number one region within Europe’s “Four Motors” in attracting... Aug 11, 2016

Italian innovation creates long-term vision

Lapo Elkann
Founder of Italia Independent

Creativity and innovation, hallmarks of the Italian spirit for design and craftsmanship,... Aug 08, 2016

Campania encapsulates Italy’s past & future

Vincenzo De Luca
Governor of the Campania Region

Italy’s Campania Region’s high concentration of art and architecture in such... Aug 04, 2016

Reference for banking consolidation bucks trends, targets further growth

Giuseppe Castagna

BPM’s pioneering consolidation and moves such as its innovative merger with Webank,... Aug 02, 2016

Record results mark global rise of hearing loss solutions innovator

Enrico Vita
CEO of Amplifon

Amplifon is the world leader in providing solutions for those affected by hearing loss,... Aug 02, 2016

Smart grids, renewable sources & continental interconnectivity vital for balanced power

Matteo Del Fante
CEO of Terna

One of Europe’s leading electricity transmission grid operators, Terna is crucial... Jul 21, 2016

Ferrovie dello Stato launches “iron therapy” with €6.5bn investment

Renato Mazzoncini
CEO of Ferrovie dello Stato

Being the country’s n°1 company in terms of investment, the development plan of... Jul 20, 2016

Versatile, tailored style conquers US market with sales up 78%

Giovanni Anzani
CEO of Poliform

Giovanni Anzani, CEO of high-end Italian furniture and kitchen designer and manufacturer... Jul 18, 2016

Hearty global appetite for Eataly phenomenon

Oscar Farinetti
Founder of Eataly

An international ambassador of the high quality-focused ‘Made in Italy’ brand,... Jul 17, 2016

Wellness advocate brings design, tech, health and style to la dolce vita

Nerio Alessandri
Founder and President of Technogym

Wellness company and high-end gym machine manufacturer Technogym brings sleek Italian design... Jul 12, 2016

New generation shows passion for Passimento

Riccardo Pasqua
CEO of Pasqua Vigneti e Cantine

Verona-based vintner Pasqua Vigneti e Cantine is becoming a globally recognized name in... Jul 07, 2016

Italy as a potential non-permanent member of the US Security Council: a reliable player in complex geopolitical realities

Deborah Bergamini
Spokesperson for Forza Italia and Member of Italy’s Delegation at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Italy is being left alone as the guardian of Europe’s borders, affirms Spokesperson... Jun 28, 2016

Innovation, partnerships, and sustainability drive Pessina Costruzioni & Acque d’Italia on the global scene

Guido Stefanelli
CEO of Pessina Costruzioni

CEO Guido Stefanelli shares with us the group’s strategy of diversification and ambitious... Jun 25, 2016

500% total shareholder return (TSR) demonstrates Snam’s prowess in the international energy playing field

Marco Alverà
CEO of Snam

With €1 billion yearly investment, Snam–Italy’s gas infrastructure company–pioneers... Jun 22, 2016

One of the most distinctive ‘Made in Italy’ foods bolsters local economies

Nicola Cesare Baldrighi
President of the Grana Padano Protection Consortium

Nicola Cesare Baldrighi, President of the Grana Padano Protection Consortium, says that... Jun 09, 2016

Multi-utility hits EU targets 5-15 years early

Stefano Venier
CEO of Hera Group

Italy’s Hera Group leading position in environmental, water and energy services has... Jun 08, 2016

Innovation and acumen to drive Fedrigoni Group’s growth to over €1.2 billion by 2018

Claudio Alfonsi
CEO of Fedrigoni Group

Claudio Alfonsi, CEO of Fedrigoni Group, affirms that from the purchase of the historic... Jun 06, 2016

Energy efficient Italy at the forefront of sustainability and renewables

Francesco Sperandini
Chairman & CEO of Gestore dei Servizi Energetici (GSE)

With 1% of its GDP dedicated to the development of renewable energy sources, Italy has achieved... Jun 05, 2016

Digital impact shapes bankers of the future

Ennio Doris
Founder & Chairman of Banca Mediolanum

One of Italy’s leading banks, Banca Mediolanum keeps growing and gaining capital on... Jun 01, 2016


Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia




total: 301,340 sq km


7,600 km


predominantly Mediterranean; alpine in far north; hot, dry in south


mostly rugged and mountainous; some plains, coastal lowlands


coal, mercury, zinc, potash, marble, barite, asbestos, pumice, fluorspar, feldspar, pyrite (sulfur), natural gas and crude oil reserves, fish, arable land


Italian (includes small clusters of German-, French-, and Slovene-Italians in the north and Albanian-Italians and Greek-Italians in the south)


Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region are predominantly German-speaking), French (small French-speaking minority in Valle d'Aosta region), Slovene (Slovene-speaking minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area)


Christian 80% (overwhelmingly Roman Catholic with very small groups of Jehovah's Witnesses and Protestants), Muslim (about 800,000 to 1 million), Atheist and Agnostic 20%


61,855,120 (July 2015 est.)




name: Rome


17 March 1861 (Kingdom of Italy proclaimed; Italy was not finally unified until 1870)


Republic Day, 2 June (1946)


previous 1848 (originally for Kingdom of Sardinia and adopted by Kingdom of Italy in 1861); latest enacted 22 December 1947, adopted 27 December 1947, entered into force 1 January 1948; amended many times, last in 2012; note - a proposed amendment that would significantly alter the parliament is slated for a referendum in 2016 (2015)


civil law system; judicial review of legislation under certain conditions in Constitutional Court

GDP - real growth rate:

0.8% (2015 est.)

-0.4% (2014 est.)

-1.7% (2013 est.)

GDP - composition, by sector of origin:

agriculture: 2.2%

industry: 23.6%

services: 74.2% (2015 est.)

AGRICULTURE - products:

fruits, vegetables, grapes, potatoes, sugar beets, soybeans, grain, olives; beef, dairy products; fish


tourism, machinery, iron and steel, chemicals, food processing, textiles, motor vehicles, clothing, footwear, ceramics


$454.6 billion (2015 est.)

$513.7 billion (2014 est.)

EXPORTS - commodities:

engineering products, textiles and clothing, production machinery, motor vehicles, transport equipment, chemicals; foodstuffs, beverages, and tobacco; minerals, nonferrous metals

EXPORTS - partners:

Germany 12.8%, France 10.7%, US 7.2%, UK 5.3%, Switzerland 4.7%, Spain 4.6% (2014)


$389.2 billion (2015 est.)

$448.4 billion (2014 est.)

IMPORTS - commodities:

engineering products, chemicals, transport equipment, energy products, minerals and nonferrous metals, textiles and clothing; food, beverages, tobacco

IMPORTS - partners:

Germany 16.1%, France 9%, China 7.3%, Netherlands 5.8%, Spain 5%, Belgium 4.5% (2014)




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Banca Popolare di Milano

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Fedrigoni Group

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