Published on March 6th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
FACTY THINGS: 10 FACTS ABOUT ITALY
Travel to Italy and get to know the country behind the headlines. Beyond the bunga bunga parties, football match-fixing scandals and ‘is-it-about-to-blow-again?’ volcano, lies a country tailor-made for stellar travel moments.
1. INDECENT EXPOSURE
More than 8,000 exposed mummified bodies and skeletons line the walls of Palermo’s Capuchin Crypt. Abandon all hope ye who enter here!
2. PRISON FOOD
Italy is home to a restaurant located inside a maximum-security prison. The Fortezza Medicea is mainly staffed by prisoners and diners must undergo background checks before enjoying dining with plastic cutlery.
3. WALK OF SHAME
Venice is home to an arcade filled with ‘Plaques of Shame’, a series of plaques highlighting the names, crimes and penalties of officials who cheated the exchequer centuries ago.
4. OLD TIMERS
Italy’s island of Sardinia has the world’s highest amount of centenarians.
5. GET WASTED
Naples has a rubbish crisis, with recurring garbage collection strikes regularly resulting in huge piles of festering waste piling up in the streets.
Italy is the biggest producer of wine in the world.
7. COLOSSAL KILL
It’s been estimated that more than 500,000 people have been killed in the Colosseum since it was built.
8. ORIGINAL GHETTO
Venice is home to the world’s first established ghetto. Dating back to 1516 the Cannaregio area is still the epicentre of Jewish culture in Venice.
9. MAD FLAVOURS
From parmesan gelato in Florence to caviar gelato in Sardinia and wasabi gelato in Modena, Italians aren’t afraid of pimping out their gelato flavours.
10. COMEDY GOLD
Pavarotti is the only opera singer to ever appear on Saturday Night Live.