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Europe’s merciless treatment of Italy only hardens popular resentment  The Guardian

France and Germany often flout eurozone rules, yet Italy's poor are paying the price.

The Guardian
Star skier taken by helicopter to hospital after terrifying crash in Italy  Fox News

Skier Marc Gisin was airlifted to a hospital in Italy on Saturday after suffering a terrifying crash in the World Cup men's downhill.

Fox News
Italian Coalition Seeks Budget Accord in Bid to Reach EU Deal  Bloomberg

Italy's squabbling populist coalition partners are seeking an agreement on key parts of the country's contentious 2019 budget in a bid to gain European Union ...

Bloomberg
Thousands march against Italy's new anti-migrant law  The Local Italy

Several thousand people marched in Rome on Saturday in protest at Italy's tough new anti-migrant law which makes it easier to expel new arrivals.

The Local Italy
Pope Francis receives Italian Prime Minister Conte  Vatican News

Pope Francis on December 15 received Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, for a private audience in the Vatican.

Vatican News
Lazio, Inzaghi: "Here is the best coach in Italy..."  Calciomercato.com english news

Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi spoke to the press during his pre-game conference, here is what he had to say: "Before talking, I wanted to remember Felice Pulici ...

Calciomercato.com english news
Italy cuts deficit target for 2019 to 2.04% to avoid EU sanctions  The Guardian

The Italian government will be forced to cut “a few billion” across two of its flagship policies to meet the lower deficit target it has proposed to the European ...

The Guardian
Italy coalition in agreement on budget figures - League spokeswoman  Reuters

Italy's coalition government leaders and the prime minister agree on the "figures and contents" of the 2019 budget that will be proposed to the European ...

Reuters
House Hunting in … Italy  The New York Times

Milan continues to outpace its Italian neighbors in home prices and sales volume, while the smaller areas in its orbit remain quiet and affordable.

The New York Times
Winnipeg's Order of Sons of Italy votes to open up to daughters too  CBC.ca

A men's-only lodge that's been operating in Winnipeg for decades has decided for the first time to throw open its doors to female members. Members of the Sons ...

CBC.ca
Brazilian court orders arrest of Italian former leftwing guerrilla  The Guardian

A supreme court judge in Brazil has ordered the arrest of an Italian writer and former leftwing guerrilla wanted in Italy for four murders attributed to a far-left group ...

The Guardian
Italy should go to early vote if government falls: cabinet official  Reuters

ROME (Reuters) - Italy would have to hold new elections if the coalition government falls, a senior cabinet official and member of the co-ruling League party was ...

Reuters
What an Italian Donkey’s Fate Tells Us About the Future of Europe  The New York Times

A fable about Italy, bond yields and politics in the European Union.

The New York Times
Christmas is time for families not homework, pleads Italian minister  The Guardian

Italy's education minister has urged schools not to overburden children with homework during the Christmas holiday so they can spend more time with their ...

The Guardian
Italy budget: Rome vows to stick to plans, despite EU concerns  BBC News

Italy's government says it will stick to its high-spending budget plans, setting up a potential stand-off with the European Union over its deficit. PM Giuseppe Conte ...

BBC News
Italy's Trump, Matteo Salvini, Wants To Take Over Europe  The Daily Beast

Matteo Salvini used to be a bad boy on the fringes of Italian politics. Now he's running the country and has his eye on an alliance with Germany to take over ...

The Daily Beast
Brazil releases photos in bid to catch, extradite Italian wanted in four 1970s slayings  The Japan Times

Brazilian federal police, now cooperating with a longtime Italian demand, on Sunday released a photo montage of Cesare Battisti, an Italian sought by Rome.

The Japan Times
Italy Offers 2.04% Budget Deficit Target in EU Peace Gesture  Bloomberg

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte proposed to cut the deficit target to 2.04 percent of output for next year in a significant concession to the European ...

Bloomberg
IN PICTURES: First snow of the winter falls on central Italy  The Local Italy

While snow has covered the peaks of the northern Alps for several weeks, central Italy, where the Apennine Mountains form the country's backbone, saw its first ...

The Local Italy
Air Italy Introduces Direct Flights Between Mumbai & Milan  Kalinga TV

Air Italy commenced its services on the Mumbai-Milan route, after launching direct flights between Milan and New Delhi.

Kalinga TV
Italy May Be ‘Sleepwalking Into Instability,’ E.U. Says, and Weighs Penalty  The New York Times

The European Union took another step toward punishing Italy for insisting on a heavy-spending budget even while it remains heavily indebted.

The New York Times
An Ancient Corner of Italy Finds the World on Its Doorstep  The New York Times

The southern region of Basilicata, its people poor and its food and history rich, has been named Europe's Capital of Culture for 2019.

The New York Times
EU CIVIL WAR: Brussels slaps down Italy over budget concessions  Express.co.uk

THE EU has slapped down Italy over its deficit goal for 2019, even after shock budget concessions were agreed in Rome.

Express.co.uk
Nightclub Stampede in Italy Leaves 6 Dead and Dozens Injured  The New York Times

ROME — At least six people were killed and about 40 others were injured, more than a dozen of them seriously, in a stampede early Saturday at a nightclub in ...

The New York Times
French Riots Hand Italy New Ammunition in EU Budget Tussle  Bloomberg

Italy's populist government is warning its European partners that the country's social stability could be at risk if Brussels pushes back too hard against its 2019 ...

Bloomberg
Italy is no longer Europe's problem child as France's protest crisis grows  CNBC

Italy was firmly in the spotlight — and on Europe's naughty step — until recent weeks for its budget-busting spending plans but civil unrest in France is now ...

CNBC
Italy Orders Seizure of Migrant Rescue Ship  The New York Times

ROME — Italy has ordered the seizure of the Aquarius, the rescue ship at the center of international criticism over its government's hard line against migration, ...

The New York Times
'Italians first': how the populist right became Italy's dominant force  The Guardian

Six months after entering government for the first time, the League is drawing on formidable support from Italy's 'red belt' – the swathe of the country that used to ...

The Guardian
Italy prime minister announces death of Italian victim in Strasbourg shooting, raising death toll to 4 | Watch News Videos Online  Globalnews.ca

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the death of Antonio Megalizzi on Friday, the fourth victim in the Strasbourg shooting on Tuesday. He had ...

Globalnews.ca
Italy’s New Masters Rattle EU, But Ordinary Italians Say ‘Benissimo’  The Wall Street Journal

ROME—Giovanni Callea didn't vote for the antiestablishment parties who have won power in Italy, but he would certainly do so now. A meeting of the nativist ...

The Wall Street Journal
Charts of the Year: have Italy’s old demons returned?  Financial Times

Widening spread with Germany's 10-year yield gave analysts a strong sense of déjà vu.

Financial Times
Italian PM upbeat on EU deal prospects ahead of budget votes  Channel NewsAsia

The Italian parliament begins voting next week on the government's contested 2019 budget, with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte optimistic that a deal can be ...

Channel NewsAsia
Matteo Guidicelli, Margarita Fores go on a food trip in Italy  ABS-CBN News

Actor Matteo Guidicelli and chef Margarita Fores recently went on a food trip in Italy for an upcoming episode of ABS-CBN's “The Crawl.”

ABS-CBN News
Air Italy commences services on Mumbai-Milan route  Economic Times

The flights on the Mumbai-Milan route will be operated three times a week, and provide onward connections to New York and Miami besides connecting ...

Economic Times
The Italian town obsessed with Great Britain  BBC News

With Union Jack flags flapping in the wind and a slight aroma of fried cod in the air, the town of Schio, Italy, declares itself British for one weekend a year.

BBC News
Beavers return to Italy after more than 500 years  CBC News

An animal considered a Canadian icon has resurfaced in Italy after an absence of more than 500 years. A beaver was captured on camera in northeast Italy, ...

CBC News
Furious Italians accuse Salvini of ‘BENDING OVER’ for EU as bloc orders massive budget cut  Express.co.uk

ITALIANS are accusing their populist leaders of “betrayal” after the Lega-Five Star Movement coalition's shocking U-turn on its high-spending budget, while a ...

Express.co.uk
Italian Court Orders Getty Museum To Return Statue To Italy  NPR

The Getty Museum in Los Angeles says it has no intention of returning the "Statue of a Victorious Youth," a piece of art from ancient Greece discovered off the ...

NPR
OPINION, Michael Gerson: Pathogens couldn't care less about Italian politics  Kinston Free Press

FLORENCE, Italy |It was here in 1614 that Tommaso Caccini preached a sermon in the church of Santa Maria Novella denouncing Galileo and other scientists ...

Kinston Free Press
A .38-Caliber Rosary: The Dangerous New Face of Salvini's Italy  SPIEGEL ONLINE

Shots fired at foreigners, assaults on minorities, neo-fascist marches: Italy's extreme right wing feels emboldened by the country's new leadership. Many are ...

SPIEGEL ONLINE
'I Want To Take Lionel Messi To Italy'  Soccer Laduma

With Cristiano Ronaldo recently joining Juventus, a well-known Italian agent has admitted he is making it his mission to lure FC Barcelona superstar Lionel ...

Soccer Laduma
Italy Tries to End Budget Fight With EU as Economy Teeters on Recession  Wall Street Journal

Italy's populist government is looking for a route out of a fight with the European Union over its budget, as the financial fallout from the clash pushes the economy ...

Wall Street Journal
Italy: Five Star Movement MP quits party over disability stance  The Guardian

Matteo Dall'Osso, who has multiple sclerosis, joins rival Forza Italia in protest at 'inaction'

The Guardian
ECB halts QE bond-buying programme, and cuts growth forecasts - as it happened  The Guardian

European Central Bank warns that protectionism is hurting growth, as Mario Draghi addresses the press.

The Guardian
Italian police probing deadly stampede find pepper spray can  NBCNews.com

Italian police investigating a deadly disco stampede said Sunday they found a pepper spray can and were questioning dozens of witnesses.

NBCNews.com
Italy's asylum reception system crumbles  Devex

PALERMO, Italy — A young man slumps over in a chair in the corner of a migrant drop-in center in Italy's Sicilian capital of Palermo, then slides to the floor.

Devex
Vulnerable migrants made homeless after Italy passes 'Salvini decree'  The Guardian

Decree named after leader of far-right party abolishes humanitarian protection for those not eligible for refugee status.

The Guardian
Italian priests vow to open church doors to evictees from immigration centres  The Guardian

Italian priests have declared their willingness to “open the church doors of every single parish” to people expelled from reception centres as an anti-immigration ...

The Guardian
Italy and 3 Other Nations Arrest Members of Mafia  The New York Times

ROME — The Italian authorities have arrested 46 members of the Sicilian Mafia, including top leaders in the Palermo area, as part of a sweeping international ...

The New York Times
Watch men's World Cup alpine skiing from Italy  CBC.ca

Click on the video player to watch action from the men's World Cup alpine downhill event in Val Gardena, Italy.

CBC.ca
Forget Brexit – Italy's populists are a far bigger problem for the EU  Spectator.co.uk

For those who believe in the European project, Brexit is a headache. Italy, on the other hand, is a bloody nightmare. Its new anti-elite populist coalition…

Spectator.co.uk
Italy 1-0 USA: international friendly – as it happened  The Guardian

Minute-by-minute report: Graham Parker follows the USA's final game of 2018 as they face Roberto Mancini's Italy.

The Guardian
Italian Court Rules Getty Museum Must Return a Prized Bronze  The New York Times

ROME — Italy's highest court has ordered that a centerpiece of the Getty Villa's art collection, a prized bronze sculpture more than 2,000 years old, should be ...

The New York Times
Italian deputy PM Salvini confronted over girls' photo  BBC News

Italy's populist deputy PM Matteo Salvini has been confronted after he shared a picture of three young female protesters on Facebook. Former parliamentary ...

BBC News
Precise shooting guides Italians to relay victory  Eurosport.com

Precise shooting guided Italy to victory in the women's 4x6km relay at the biathlon World Cup in Austria.

Eurosport.com
I'm leaving my husband and kids in economy and flying business class to Italy — here's why  Business Insider

Leaving my family in economy to fly in business class may sound selfish, and maybe it is, but I'm just #notsorry about this one.

Business Insider
Cristiano Ronaldo urges Barcelona's Lionel Messi to join him in Italy  SkySports

Cristiano Ronaldo says he hopes Lionel Messi "accepts the challenge like me" and leaves Spain to play in Serie A.

SkySports
Italy not signing Global Compact-Salvini - English  Agenzia ANSA

(ANSA) - Rome, November 28 - Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Wednesday that Italy will not take part in an intergovernmental ...

Agenzia ANSA
Italy's Ministry of Interior Salvini blasts AC Milan on Twitter after Europa League exit  Calciomercato.com english news

AC Milan were eliminated yesterday by Olympiacos in the Europa League after losing 1-3 in Athens after a disappointing display. Italy's Ministry of Interior and ...

Calciomercato.com english news
The EU Is More Worried About Italy Than Brexit  Bloomberg

One of the mantras in the campaign to take Britain out of the European Union was that the country needed to escape a continent in disarray. Leading Brexit ...

Bloomberg
Salvini calls Hezbollah a terrorist organization, gets walloped in Italy  The Jerusalem Post - Israel News

“A terrorist is a terrorist,” Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Wednesday, doubling down on his characterization of Hezbollah a day earlier as a ...

The Jerusalem Post - Israel News
Markets bounce back; Italy demands respect after EC budget rejection — as it happened  The Guardian

Italy faces an excessive deficit procedure after Commission rules that Rome's 2019 tax and spending plans aren't acceptable.

The Guardian
Sacking of Italy's health experts raises political interference concerns  The Guardian

The Italian health minister's decision to sack the entire board of the country's most important committee of technical-scientific experts, who advise the government ...

The Guardian
Italy’s right wing is waging a dangerous attack on vaccinations  The Washington Post

An outbreak of measles has spurred a new right-wing coalition government to reassess whether vaccinations should be mandatory.

The Washington Post
Rome to Riyadh, Pirelli completes global prestigious pit stops at Italian embassies  Saudi Gazette

SAUDI ARABIA/UAE – Pirelli, one of the symbols of Italian industrial excellence, has completed its special seven-star series of pit-stops at Italian embassies ...

Saudi Gazette
Six people killed in nightclub stampede in Italy  The Irish Times

The dead included five teenagers and an adult woman.

The Irish Times
Macron's credibility shattered as France joins Italy in budget disgrace  Telegraph.co.uk

Emmanuel Macron's bid to buy off France's “gilets jaunes” protesters with instant budget handouts threatens to blast through eurozone's fiscal limits, fatally ...

Telegraph.co.uk
Italy: Teen, club owners investigated in fatal stampede  WRAL.com

Italian prosecutors said Monday they have placed eight people, including one minor, under investigation in connection with a stampede at a packed nightclub ...

WRAL.com
Workers surprised by lizard delivery in Aberdeen from Italy  BBC News

Technicians at an Aberdeen oil industry company received the unexpected delivery of a gecko in a consignment all the way from Italy.

BBC News
Giulio Regeni: Italy names Egyptian police in murdered student case  BBC News

A public prosecutor in Rome has placed five Egyptian security officials under investigation over the disappearance of an Italian postgraduate student.

BBC News
Italy’s Di Maio Stands Firm on Reforms Planned in 2019 Budget  Bloomberg

Italy's government is ready for dialog with the European Commission over the country's budget plan for next year, yet the EU's executive arm can't seek to ...

Bloomberg
Large-scale eruption of Italy's supervolcano could impact global climate  AccuWeather.com

The volcanic area west of Naples, Italy, is stirring with early signs of a new caldera cycle for one of the world's most menacing supervolcanoes, according to new ...

AccuWeather.com
Opening its doors to migrants made this Italian town's mayor a hero. A wave of right-wing populism pushed him into exile  The Globe and Mail

Giving shelter to refugees turned Riace into a beacon of tolerance and helped it ward off economic decline. Italy's new government brought the experiment to an ...

The Globe and Mail
Liverpool, Klopp opens up to Italy move and reveals conversation with De Laurentiis  Calciomercato.com english news

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp spoke to the media in a press conference on the eve of the decisive Champions League match against Napoli. "We will to have to ...

Calciomercato.com english news
Bernardo Bertolucci, Italian director of 'Last Tango in Paris,' dies at age 77  CNN

Bernardo Bertolucci, the award-winning Italian director of Last Tango in Paris, has died at the age of 77.

CNN
Bank of Italy sounds the alarm over banks’ stability  Financial Times

Italy's central bank has sounded the alarm over the country's rising bond yields, warning that they are set to cost the nation billions a year in additional interest ...

Financial Times
Matildas to face Brazil, Italy and Jamaica in Women's World Cup  The Sydney Morning Herald

The Matildas will play Brazil, Italy, and Jamaica in Group C at the FIFA Women's World Cup in France next year after the draw in Paris pitted Australia's women ...

The Sydney Morning Herald
Huge waterspout hits Italy's south-western city  BBC News

Eyewitnesses say the whirling column of air and water lifted containers in Salerno's port area.

BBC News
Europe Plays With Fire on Italy Contagion  Bloomberg

The euro zone's finance ministers have missed a chance to make sure blameless member countries would be more resilient in a sovereign crisis.

Bloomberg
Italian clifftop village sparks controversy by charging tourists to enter its historic centre  The Telegraph

As Italy wrestles with how to manage the effects of mass tourism on places like Venice and Florence, a clifftop village in the south of the country has caused ...

The Telegraph
Italian scientists protest funding for vaccine-safety investigation  Nature.com

The National Order of Biologists made a €10000 donation to a group that questions the safety of vaccines.

Nature.com
Giulio Regeni: Italy names Egyptian agents as murder suspects  The Guardian

Italian prosecutors have named several members of Egypt's national security agency as suspects in the alleged murder of Italian doctoral student Giulio Regeni ...

The Guardian
Transfer rumours: Could Lionel Messi move to Italy? FIFA agent says the player is not that adverse to the idea  Times Now

There have been numerous reports in the past 10 years of Lionel Messi moving from Barcelona. There were talks of Messi wanting to move to the Premier ...

Times Now
Italian scientist eyes plant growth at nuclear repository  KOB

The unique geology at the United States' only underground nuclear waste repository recently drew a researcher from across the Atlantic Ocean.

KOB
Italy to resist budget pressure ahead of EU elections  Reuters

Italy said on Thursday it would resist pressure from Brussels to revise its big-spending budget, effectively daring EU authorities to punish it with fines ahead of ...

Reuters
Holy Prepuce, Calcata: The Italian town which housed Jesus’ foreskin is about to disappear  NEWS.com.au

The former hometown of Jesus' Holy Foreskin could soon be impossible to visit.

NEWS.com.au
Tens of thousands protest against Italy-France high-speed train link  FRANCE 24 English

Many thousands of protesters rallied on Saturday in Turin to protest against a high speed train project to the French city of Lyon, fiercely opposed by ...

FRANCE 24 English
Facebook fined £8.9m by Italy for misleading users over data use  The Independent

Facebook has been fined almost £9m by Italian authorities for misleading users about how it used their data. Italy's competition watchdog handed the social ...

The Independent
Wallabies win over Italy comes at a cost with star backrower David Pocock in doubt to play England  Fox Sports

They were far from convincing but the Wallabies have beaten Italy 26-7 in Padova in just their fourth win of the year.

Fox Sports
Air Italy and WOW Air start flights to Delhi - New flight alert  Economic Times

There are more options for people flying between Delhi and the west with two airlines — Air Italy, which is owned 49% by Qatar Airways, and Icelandic low-cost ...

Economic Times
Italian paper slams Gattuso for substitution after AC Milan's Europa League exit  Calciomercato.com english news

AC Milan disappointed their fans yesterday and lost 1-3 against Olympiacos away from home to gift their opponent qualification to the next round of the ...

Calciomercato.com english news
EU SHOCK: Salvini reveals Italian plan for EU Commission after key May 2019 election  Express.co.uk

MATTEO Salvini revealed Italy's Lega-Five Star Movement Government will push for an Italian Commissioner to be in charge of trade and economic affairs to ...

Express.co.uk
How Fascism Complicates the Beauty of Italian Postwar Photography  Hyperallergic

NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932–1960 presents an intricate survey on how photography changed (or didn't) during Italy's transition from Fascism to ...

Hyperallergic
Len & Alex Deighton's Italian Cookstrips: Mostaccioli | Food  The Guardian

Len and Alex: A distinctive taste or faint aroma can bring back an old memory. The striking taste of pisto spices reminds us of a family Christmas spent in Naples ...

The Guardian
All Blacks vs Italy: Two Kiwis named in Italian squad for NZ test  Newshub

New Zealand-born duo Jayden Hayward and lock Dean Budd have been named in Italy's starting side to face the All Blacks at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on ...

Newshub
Gunmen kidnap Italian aid worker in Kenya  The Guardian

Gunmen have kidnapped an Italian aid worker and shot and wounded a woman and four children in Kenya, police and witnesses said, in the first abduction of a ...

The Guardian
Italy’s Five Star denies going after economy minister’s scalp  Financial Times

Italy's economy minster has denied widespread rumours that he was considering resigning as the populist government struggles to revise its budget by next ...

Financial Times
The Humble Brilliance of Italy's Moka Coffee Pot  Atlas Obscura

Bialetti, the Italian maker of the moka pot, a stovetop coffee machine and one of the most iconic kitchen appliances ever created, announced recently that the ...

Atlas Obscura
Italy's state-backed oil giant makes a major discovery off the shores of Angola  Business Insider

Oil giant Eni, backed by the Italian government, said it discovered oil in offshore Angola. It's estimated to hold between 170 million and 200 million bar...

Business Insider
Qatar Petroleum signs deal with Italy's Eni to acquire interest in three offshore oilfields in Mexico  Gulf Times

Qatar Petroleum has entered into an agreement with Eni to acquire a 35% participating interest in three offshore oil Fields in Mexico.

Gulf Times
 

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Italy (Italian: Italia [iˈtaːlja] (listen)), officially the Italian Republic (Italian: Repubblica Italiana [reˈpubblika itaˈljaːna]), is a country in Europe. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino, and Vatican City. Italy covers an area of 301,340 km2 (116,350 sq mi) and has a largely temperate seasonal and Mediterranean climate. With around 61 million inhabitants, it is the fourth-most populous EU member state and the most populous country in Southern Europe.Due to its central geographic location in Europe and the Mediterranean, Italy has historically been home to a myriad of peoples and cultures. In addition to the various ancient Italian tribes and Italic peoples dispersed throughout the Italian Peninsula and insular Italy, beginning from the classical era, Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Greeks established settlements in the south of Italy, with Etruscans and Celts inhabiting the centre and the north of Italy respectively. The Italic tribe known as the Latins formed the Roman Kingdom in the 8th century BC, which eventually became a republic that conquered and assimilated its neighbours. In the first century BC, the Roman Empire emerged as the dominant power in the Mediterranean Basin and became the leading cultural, political and religious centre of Western civilisation. The legacy of the Roman Empire is widespread and can be observed in the global distribution of civilian law, republican governments, Christianity and the Latin script.During the Early Middle Ages, Italy endured sociopolitical collapse and barbarian invasions, but by the 11th century, numerous rival city-states and maritime republics, mainly in the northern and central regions of Italy, rose to great prosperity through shipping, commerce and banking, laying the groundwork for modern capitalism. These mostly independent statelets served as Europe's main trading hubs with Asia and the Near East, often enjoying a greater degree of democracy than the larger feudal monarchies that were consolidating throughout Europe; however, part of central Italy was under the control of the theocratic Papal States, while Southern Italy remained largely feudal until the 19th century, partially as a result of a succession of Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Angevin and Spanish conquests of the region.The Renaissance began in Italy and spread to the rest of Europe, bringing a renewed interest in humanism, science, exploration and art. Italian culture flourished, producing famous scholars, artists and polymaths such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Galileo and Machiavelli. During the Middle Ages, Italian explorers such as Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, John Cabot and Giovanni da Verrazzano discovered new routes to the Far East and the New World, helping to usher in the European Age of Discovery. Nevertheless, Italy's commercial and political power significantly waned with the opening of trade routes that bypassed the Mediterranean. Centuries of infighting between the Italian city-states, such the Italian Wars of the 15th and 16th centuries, left the region fragmented, and it was subsequently conquered by European powers such as France, Spain, Turkey and Austria.By the mid-19th century, rising Italian nationalism and calls for independence from foreign control led to a period of revolutionary political upheaval. After centuries of foreign domination and political division, Italy was almost entirely unified in 1871, establishing the Kingdom of Italy as a great power. From the late 19th century to the early 20th century, Italy rapidly industrialised, namely in the north, and acquired a colonial empire, while the south remained largely impoverished and excluded from industrialisation, fuelling a large and influential diaspora. Despite being one of the main victors in World War I, Italy entered a period of economic crisis and social turmoil, leading to the rise of a fascist dictatorship in 1922. Participation in World War II on the Axis side ended in military defeat, economic destruction and the Italian Civil War. Following the liberation of Italy and the rise of the resistance, the country abolished the monarchy, reinstated democracy, enjoyed a prolonged economic boom and, despite periods of sociopolitical turmoil (e.g. the anni di piombo, the Maxi Trial, and mani pulite) became a major advanced country.Today, Italy is considered to be one of the world's most culturally and economically developed countries, with its economy ranking eighth largest in the world and third in the Eurozone. As an advanced economy, it has the sixth-largest worldwide national wealth, and is ranked third for its central bank gold reserve. Italy has a very high level of human development, and it stands among the top countries for life expectancy. The country plays a prominent role in regional and global economic, military, cultural and diplomatic affairs, and it is both a regional power and a great power. Italy is a founding and leading member of the European Union and a member of numerous international institutions, including the UN, NATO, the OECD, the OSCE, the WTO, the G7, the G20, the Union for the Mediterranean, the Council of Europe, Uniting for Consensus, the Schengen Area and many more.As a reflection of its cultural wealth, Italy is home to 54 World Heritage Sites, the most in the world, and is the fifth-most visited country.