Country of the Week: Italy

Buon giorno, travelers! Romantic Italy is a great place to journey over to. With its world-famous architecture and delicious food, you'll be curious enough to learn every little fact you cna find about the country itself.
Other title(s): Italia, Italian Republic, Repubblica Italiana
Continent: Europe
Capital: Rome
Most populous city:Rome
Current political leader: President: Sergio Mattarella
Currency: Euro (€)
Language(s): Italian
Major Religion(s): Roman Catholic
Famous landmarks: Colosseum, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Capri, Cinque Terre, Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Square, Duomo di Milano, Amalfi Coast, Lake Como, Grand Canal, Piazza della Signoria, Giotto's Bell Tower
National Symbol: Animal: Italian wolf; coat of arms: a five-point star with red border over a star on top on a cogwheel surrounded by a olive branch on the left side and an oak branch on the right, with the "REPVBBLIKA ITALIANA" on a red ribbon at the bottom
Movies filmed in New Zealand: Roman Holiday, La Dolce Vita, The Leopard, The Italian Job, The Godfather, Room with A View, Il Postino, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Call Me By Your Name, Tea with Mussolini, Star Wars: Phantom of the Menace, Eat, Pray, Love, Letters to Juliet, Under the Tuscan Sun, The Tourist, To Rome with Love, Twilight Saga: New Moon
Famous people: Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, Marco Polo, John Cabot, Giorgio Armani, ANdrea Bocelli, Padre Pio, Lucino Pavarotti, Leonardo da Vinci, Giada De Laurentiis
Climate: Italy may have its specific seasons and climates that change as the days roll by, but many of the different areas across the map are locked to specific temperatures. Italian summers are specifically dry and hot while winters are the opposite, being very cool and wet. In the mountains up north, the temperatures are consistently humid and chilly. The coasts, as you would expect are warmer than most parts of the country.
Popular festivals: Fair of Sant’Orso, Carnevale, Battle of the Oranges, Il Palio di Siena, L'Ardia di San Costantino, Festa della Madonna Bruna, Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics, Game of the Bridge, Fest della Sensa, Infiorata, Umbria Jazz Festival