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1 by Aggelos Karousos and Kostas Kontogiannis A’2 of 4 th Junior Highschool of Helioupolis An overview of ITALY: A modern European Country

2 Sports in Italy have a long tradition. In numerous sports, both individual and team, Italy has good representation and many successes. Football is the most popular sport in Italy. Basketball, volleyball, and Cycling are the next most popular/played sports, with Italy having a rich tradition in all three. Italy won the 2006 FIFA WORLD CUP, and is currently the second most successful football team in World Cup history, after Brazil, having won four FIFACUP championships. The national team of Italy has won the most prestigious World Cup four times in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 respectively. The Italian national football team is popularly known by the name of Azure for their blue shirts. Apart from this most of major Italian clubs get the opportunity to compete at a high level of football competitions. rugby union, tennis, athletics, fencing, Italy also has strong traditions in rugby union, tennis, athletics, fencing, and winter sports. Water polo is another popular and one of the old Italy sport. The playground used for this game, is a rectangular swimming pool having 18mt breadth. The water should be deep enough. Every team contains 7 players. Among them 1 is goalkeeper, 3 players remain in the defensive position and there are 3 in forward. Players wear blue and black bonnets while the goalkeeper wears a red cap. This sport of water polo lasts for 28 minutes. The players of this sport should be physically strong. Along with it a skilled technical ability is needed.

3 GEOGRAPHY  Italy is a peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea. Its most prominent feature is its boot- like shape kicking the island of Sicily.Much of Italy is covered by mountains. The Dolomite mountains which extend across northern Italy are part of the Alps mountain range. The Apennine mountains cut down the center of Italy, stretching from north to south, dividing the east and west coasts.  The Po Valley, just south of the Dolomite mountains, is the basin of the Po River. It is fertile farm land.  Italy includes two large islands: Sicily and Sardinia. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, with active volcanoes and earthquakes. Sardinia is basically mountains rising out of the ocean.  Italy also has two independent countries within its borders. Vatican City is the center for the Roman Catholic Church, and is the world's smallest country. San Marino, on the north east coast of Italy, is an independent republic.  Most of Italy's rivers drain either into the Adriatic Sea (like Po, Paige, Adige, Brenda, Reno) or into the Tyrrhenian (like Arno, Tiber and Vulturine), though the waters from some border municipalities (Living in Lombardy, Innocent and Sexten in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol) drain into the Black Sea through the basin of the Drava, a tributary of the Danube, and the waters from the Lago di Lei in Lombardy drain into the North Sea through the basin of the Rhine.

4 ITALY’S LEISURE TIMES (1 of 2)  Italy is a prime location in which to enjoy many sporting and leisure activities. The pleasant weather, beautiful scenery and varied terrain is ideal for walking, trekking and biking while the many mountainous areas of the country provide some of the best skiing in the world. The fabulous coastline is perfect for sailing and boating activities and the warm, clear water ideal for snorkeling and diving. There are many areas in Italy that are suitable for equestrian activities and few areas in the world with more spectacular golf courses! Visitors can take advantage of specialised activity holidays or can find their own activities once they are in the country. Skiing Italy is a mountainous country and, in the winter, that provides for plenty of opportunities to go skiing or snow boarding. The ski resorts in the alpine areas of Italy are justifiably famous, but there are other mountains throughout Italy that also cater to those interested in going skiing away from the usual crowds. Sailing Italy has one of the most attractive coastlines in the world and what better way to enjoy it than under sail? The cruising grounds of the Tuscan Islands, Sardinia and Sicily are among the best in the world. On our 'Sailing in Italy' page we describe all the best places to go sailing in Italy as well as providing a list of marinas, yacht charter companies and other useful services. Horse Riding Although a lot of Italy is mountainous, there are many areas suitable for keeping horses. The Marimba area of Tuscany is particularly famous for horse riding, even to the extent of having their own breed of cowboys! Many other areas of Italy have high quality equestrian facilities that can be enjoyed by visitors. Golfing There are many beautiful golf courses all over Italy. The warm and pleasant weather, combined with spectacular scenery, create the perfect opportunity to play golf in ideal conditions. On our 'Golf in Italy' page we list all of the golf courses in the country as well as providing information of companies offering specialist golfing holidays in Italy.

5  Walking, Hiking & Trekking There are 24 National Parks in Italy that provide many opportunities for those who enjoy walking or trekking in unspoilt countryside. Others might like to stroll through typical Italian towns and villages. Biking Biking is a wonderful way to explore the countryside. Italy provides some of the most varied landscapes in the world, so there will always be something to suit everyone. Whether it's mountain biking through the spectacular scenery of Garfagnana, or ambling through the olive groves of Puglia, you are guaranteed a holiday to remember. Ballooning The spectacular scenery in Italy is ideal for hot air ballooning. Snorkeling & Diving The warm, crystal clear waters found off much of the coastline in Italy creates perfect conditions for both snorkeling and scuba diving. There are many holiday companies offering boat trips and specialist diving excursions all around Italy. Nightlife If you enjoy a night at the casino whilst on holiday then you may be surprised to hear that Italy has quite a lot to offer. There are not many casinos in Italy but the ones they have are of extremely high standard and make an exciting and pleasurable evening out. Italians love gambling and excel at most sports so it comes as no surprise that Italian poker players are among the best in the world. Perhaps the most famous casino in Italy is the one in Sarema, the prestigious Casino Municipal di Sanremo which dates back to 1905 and is one of the oldest in the world. It is a fine example of liberty architecture and as well as top class gambling facilities it is also well known for putting on world class shows. It is also the place where a variation of five-card stud poker called Teresina was invented. ITALY’S LEISURE TIMES (2 of 2)


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