European Union and NATO member, home to roughly 60 million people. The eurozone's third-largest economy, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and Vatican City.
Italy's capital and largest city is Rome, although rivals including Florence, Milan and Venice all played key roles in the region's past. This page collates DW's latest content related to Italy.
Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem has come under increasing pressure over comments he made about debt-ridden nations playing fast and loose with their money. Italy and Portugal have called for his resignation.
Islam is Italy's second largest religion but it isn't formally recognized there. That could be about to change thanks to a pact signed by the government and eleven Muslim organizations. It's called the 'National Pact for an Italian Islam'. It's designed to facilitate the recognition of Islam, promote transparency, mutual respect and prevent radicalization. Angelo Van Schaik reports from Rome.
A BBC film crew and tourists were pelted with molten rock and superheated steam when Mt. Etna erupted. At least eight were injured before all reached safety, A volcanologist at the scene said it was the most dangerous situation in his 30-year career.
'It feels like you're a child again,' that's what many people say when they climb the giant benches in Northern Italy - they are five times bigger than normal benches. The giant benches erected in the hilly Piedmont region are a non-profit project that bring in tourists - but also give local people and their families - a chance to enjoy beautiful spots in the area.