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26Eternal love

In 2011, archeologists in Italy found the buried remains of a couple who have been holding hands for 1,500 years. - Source


27. Most pizza sold in Italy is specifically created to match the tourists' expectations of what authentic pizza is, not to match authentic Italian recipes. Tourists then go home and open up pizza shops to recreate this "authentic" experience. This is called the Pizza effect. - Source


28. Because of a lucky genetic mutation that happened during the 18th century, today 38 people in a small town in northern Italy (Limone) don't suffer from cholesterol artery-clogging, making them virtually immune to heart disease and strokes. They all smoke, they eat a lot, and they don't care. - Source


29. Leonardo da Vinci created plans for a "mechanized knight," a robot-like creation reliant on a system of pulleys. When these plans were found almost 500 years later and built according to Leonardo's specifications, the design worked perfectly. - Source


30. Venice Island was built on a foundation of tree trunks. 1200 years later, those same trunks still support almost all of central Venice. - Source


31Suicide

In Ancient Rome, if people wished to commit suicide, they applied to the Senate and, if their petitions were approved, were given free hemlock. - Source


32. There is a church named Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini in Rome that is lined with skeletons and has a plaque in 3 languages that reads "What you are now, we once were; what we are now, you shall be." - Source


33. In the 1300s, some fellows from the city of Modena stole a bucket from the nearby city of Bologna (both in Italy), resulting in a great deal of humiliation for the Bolognese. They declared war, had a battle with around 2,000 casualties (split between both sides) and failed to reclaim the bucket. - Source


34. Michelangelo's Statue of David has an unusually enlarged right hand and head because it was originally intended to be kept atop on the cathedral roof so that important parts would be proportionately visible from way below. - Source


35. Leonardo da Vinci recommended gazing at stains on a wall or similar random marks as a stimulus to creative fantasy.


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36Pasta

The first record of a tomato based pasta sauce is from 1790. Italian cuisine had no tomatoes until after New World contact since tomatoes originate from the Americas. - Source


37. There's an exclusive restaurant in Italy named Solo per Due that accommodates only 2 people. - Source


38. Leonardo Da Vinci's last words were: "I have offended God and Mankind, by doing so little with my life." - Source


39. Leonardo Da Vinci used to go to pet stores, buy caged birds, and set them free. - Source


40. In the 17th century Italy, a set of conjoined twins were on trial for murder. Authorities arrested Lazarus Baptista Colloredo after he stabbed a man for teasing his parasitic twin brother. Though he was sentenced to death the court let him go, finding that they could not execute him without killing his innocent conjoined twin.


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41Italian words

The Italian words widely used in New Jersey differ greatly from mainstream Italian today, not because of bad "copying" but because the words came from people speaking an Italian dialect that subsequently died out in Italy. - Source


42. Italy only became a unified country in 1861 by consolidating several smaller states under one centralized government. - Source


43. Leonardo da Vinci made plans for a clockwork three-wheeled vehicle in 1478. In 2004, it was recreated based on his designs and it worked. - Source


44. The word quarantine is derived from the days of the Black Plague when ships entering Venice were forced to anchor offshore for forty (or Quaranta in Italian) days before being permitted to unload. - Source


45. 'Julius Caeser' was pronounced 'YOO-lee-us KYE-sahr' in ancient Rome. - Source


46Stealing food

In Italy, it is not a crime to steal food if you are hungry and have no other means of nourishment. - Source


47. The Latin word "arena" means "sand" and we get it's modern definition because Romans covered the Colosseum floor with sand to absorb blood. - Source


48. In ancient Rome during funerals, a person called an Archimime would walk behind the deceased and imitate the person like they were still alive. - Source


49. In ancient Rome, the architectural feature called a "vomitorium" was the entranceway through which crowds entered and exited a stadium. The Latin word vomitorium derives from the verb vomitum which means "to spew forth". - Source


50. During World War 2 the Allies discovered that the Germans were using the Leaning Tower of Pisa as an observation post. A U.S Army Sergeant that was sent to the tower to confirm the presence of German troops was impressed by its beauty and decided to not order an artillery strike on it. - Source

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