Italy (Italia) has been a democratic republic since 1946, when the monarchy was abolished by popular referendum. The regional states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, was united in 1861.
The country is divided into 15 regions: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardia, Marche, Molise, Piedmont, Puglia, Tuscany, Umbria and Veneto. Additionally, there are the autonomous regions of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Sardinia, Sicily, Trentino-South Tyrol and Aosta Valley. Rome, the capital and largest city of Italy. More: Pictures of Italy ►
San Giorgio Maggiore Benedictine Monastery, Venice. More Pictures of Italy ►
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