More than 59.5 million people live in Italy
, which has the 23rd largest population in the world. Archaeological findings indicate humans have lived in this fertile region for more than 200,000 years. Ancient Rome
started out as a farming community in the 8th Century BC and over the next few hundred years developed into a great empire. Its laws, arts, and philosophy formed the basis for modern civilizations.
Italy is also the home of famous Baroque and Renaissance painters
such as Michelangelo
, Leonardo da Vinci
, Fra Angelico
. Its wines
, olives, and architectural remains continue to draw tourists and invite commerce from all over the world.