I always knew some of these things to be true and some of the others took me completely by surprise. See how many of these you know. I must give credit to David Hoffman, who is the author of “Little Known Facts about Well-Known Places Italy,” for the information.
For instance, did you know that:
- There are 3000 alleys in Venice and 400 footbridges.
- The Spanish Steps in Rome have 138 steps.
- The Ferragamo Shoe Museum in Florence has a collection of 10,000 pairs of shoes but only 150 to 180 are displayed at any one time.
- Pavarotti received a standing ovation lasting 11 minutes after his final performance in 2004.
- Rome has 300,000 cats.
- It took Stradivari approximately 200 hours to make each violin.
- Shakespeare set 13 of his plays in Italy, yet never visited Italy himself.
- According to the Naples Pizza Association the maximum diameter for a pizza is 12 inches.
- The average Italian eats 61 pounds of pasta each year, and the average Sicilian consumes 92 pounds a year.
- It takes the Popemobile eight seconds to go from zero to 60.
- There are 400 gondolas in Venice, but in the 15th and 16th centuries there were 250,000.