The Italian Republic (Repubblica Italiana) is a unitary parliamentary republic in South-Central Europe.

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Was 13 a lucky number for Julius Caesar? [closed]

The number 13 is considered unlucky number by many people. In contrast to the widely accepted belief, number 13 is a lucky number in Italy as per this article on 13 as unlucky number. Looks like ...
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Do a third of Italian men live with their parents?

I have heard that Italian men live with their parents as a racial stereotype joke and from some Italian friends. They say that this is true because they have seen these people in their environments or ...
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Was Leonardo da Vinci homosexual?

I have heard it a lot and read somewhere that he was homosexual like one of answers under the same question here: It's rather possible. He had been charged sometime in the late 1400's with sodomy ...
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Was Silvio Berlusconi working together with the Italian mafia?

Berlusconi implicated in deal with godfathers - The guardian Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, was in personal contact with some of the mafia's most senior bosses, a major mafia ...
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Does the 'Mafia' still exist in Italy?

Here is a claim that says the mafia still exist in Italy: Yes, sadly it does, and will ever does. I'm Italian. and it's not called mob.. or whatever. there are many clans, in several Italian ...
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Did the Vatican build a secret property empire using Mussolini's millions?

From a Guardian article on 21 January 2013: But these office blocks in one of London's most expensive districts are part of a surprising secret commercial property empire owned by the Vatican. ...
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Did Italian seismologists fail to give “adequate warning” about the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake?

From CBS News (October 22, 2012): An Italian court convicted seven scientists and experts of manslaughter on Monday for failing to adequately warn citizens before an earthquake struck central ...
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Does St. Januarius' “blood” congeal and liquefy?

Saint Januarius is famous for the reputed miracle of the annual liquefaction of his blood, which, according to legend, was saved by a woman called Eusebia just after the saint's death. Thousands of ...
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Was the practice of eating fish during Lent started by the church to spur the economy of Italy?

At lunch today I heard the claim again that the practice of eating fish on Fridays was started by the church to help save a floundering Italian economy at a time when fishing was its primary industry. ...