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.
Regions seeking independence frequently have one thing in common: they tend to be the economic engines of their nations. Will it start with Catalonia, then head to Flanders and northern Italy? Is this the next potential economic crisis for the EU?
On today's programme: Catalonia suspends its declaration of independence but the clock is still ticking – The view from Madrid - Living up to the Nobel Peace Prize - A forgotten hero who staved off nuclear Armageddon - Safeguarding the children of the mafia and breaking the vicious cycle of crime in southern Italy.