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.
Despite continued unrest, Italy has said it will reopen its embassy in Libya in a move that shows "confidence in the process of stabilizing" the country. The two states will also cooperate to stem the flow of migrants.
Many people are predicting stormy weather ahead for Europe in 2017. To do a bit of crystal ball gazing, Die Welt's Europe correspondent Dirk Schümer talked to Inside Europe's Emma Wallis. So how will 2017 shape up for the continent as a whole?