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Country Spotlight: 5 Kid-Friendly Ways to Learn About Italy

Where in the world…

Italy is located on the continent of Europe in the Northern Hemisphere.

Fun Facts

1. Vatican City is the smallest country in the world and located within Italy’s capital city, Rome. A country within a country!

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. Vatican City, the world's smallest country, is situated within Italy's capital city of Rome. A country within a country!
St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Vatican City, the world’s smallest country, is situated within Italy’s capital city of Rome. A country within a country! Photo by Mstyslav Chernov via Wikimedia.

2. The internationally known Baci (Italian for “kisses”) chocolates have been manufactured by the Perugina company in Perugia, Italy since 1922. These hazelnut chocolates, wrapped in love notes in four languages, are a fixture at the very popular Eurochocolate festival which is held in town every October. This year’s festival will take place October 17-26 and we are thrilled to see that the sustainability theme of 2013 continues as the festival’s underscoring management philosophy.

Baci chocolate kisses are manufactured by Perugina in Perugia, Italy. Wrapped in a love note in four languages, these delicious treats have been popular since first created in 1922. Photo by Anonymous via Flickr.

3. Italy has three active volcanoes: Vesuvius near Naples, Etna on Sicily and Stromboli off the Coast of Italy.

Mt. Vesuvius, one of three active volcanoes in Italy. Photo courtesy of Kris de Curtis via Wikimedia.
Mt. Vesuvius, one of three active volcanoes in Italy. Photo by Kris de Curtis via Wikimedia.

4. There are currently more than 500 different types of pasta eaten in Italy. How many have you tried?

Farfalle pasta, one of over 500 types of Italian pasta. Photo courtesy of Travis K. Witt via Wikipedia.
Farfalle pasta, one of over 500 types of Italian pasta. Photo by Travis K. Witt via Wikipedia.

5. The most popular sport in Italy is football (soccer). Italy has won four FIFA World Cup titles, the last one being in 2006.  We’ll see how they do in this year’s World Cup in Brasil.

This year's FIFA World Cup will be held in Brazil. We will see how the Italian team fares. Photo courtesy of aloboa Life via Flickr.
Team Italy will compete in this year’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil. Maybe they’ll win their fifth title! Photo by aloboa Life via Flickr.

Read all about it!

Ciao Bambino, a cute book touring Italy through the eyes of a child.
Ciao Bambino, a cute book touring Italy through the eyes of a child.
Italy ABCs teaches kids their alphabet while also teaching them about the wonderful country of Italy.
Italy ABCs teaches kids their alphabet while also teaching them about the wonderful country of Italy.

Ciao Bambino!: A Child’s Tour of Italy – Enjoy a tour of Italy through a child’s scrapbook of his Italian vacation. The story includes several Italian words with a pronunciation and translation guide provided at the back of the book.

Italy ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of Italy – An alphabetical exploration of the people, geography, animals, plants, history, and culture of Italy.

How do you say…

CIAO

Hello … Ciao
Good-bye … Arrivederci
Good morning … Buongiorno
Good evening … Buona sera
Good night … Buonanotte
Please … Per favore
Thank you … Grazie
I would like some white wine … Vorrei del vino bianco

A taste of Italy

We are heading to Umbria in July and can’t wait to sample the region’s delicious fare, including olive oil, truffles, torta al testo, lots of chocolate and this traditional chicken all’arrabiata.

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(2) Comments

  1. Jennifer Brunk

    What wonderful choices! These will capture a child’s imagination just as they did mine. I’m dying to try one of those chocolates! Thanks for a great list.

    1. Kara Suro

      Thanks. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I love your site. Our daughter is bilingual (Spanish-English) and it looks like you have some great activities to help foster her continued growth in Spanish. I’m looking forward to checking it out more. Also, you may be interested in a recent post I did on family-friendly activities in Madrid, Spain. https://ourwholevillage.com/weekend-kids-madrid/

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