Italy, the boot-shaped peninsula on the Mediterranean, is home to over 60 million people.
The official language is Italian. However, many Italians speak many different dialects based on where in the country they live. English is also spoken throughout Italy.
Italy has a parliamentary government with a bicameral parliament, Prime Minister, and President.
More than 90 percent of Italians are Roman Catholics, but the remainder practice Judaism or Protestantism.
The currency of Italy is the Euro.