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|Date of Independence:|
|17 March 1861|
|Total Area Ranking:|
|of 236 in the World|
|Population Size Ranking:|
|of 242 in the World|
Italy forms a ‘boot-shaped’ peninsula stretching 800 km (496 miles) into the Mediterranean, in southern Europe. It’s land borders are with France to the north west, Switzerland to the north, and Austria and Slovenia to the north east. To the east lies the Adriatic Sea, to the south the Ionian Sea and to the west the Ligurian and Tyrrhenian Seas. Italy also includes Sicily, Sardinia and about 70 smaller islands.
More than 75% of the land is hilly or mountainous. The northern borders are defined by the Italian Alps, where Monta Rosa reaches 4,634 m (15,203 ft). To the south of this lies a broad plain which features the water courses of several majors rivers, including the River Po and a number of ribbon-shaped lakes. A further mountain range called the Appennines rises in north west Italy and curves down the spine of the country to the tip of the Italian ‘boot’ and then continues in Sicily. Some points on this mountain chain are still actively volcanic. The total land area is 294,060 sq km (113,504 sq miles).
The Population of 57.2 million (2000 figure) comprises 94% of Italian origin, 2% Sardinian and 4% other ethnic groups. Some 83% of the people are Roman Catholic and 17% other faiths or non-religious. The capital city is Rome.
Further National Information
Text to be added on the development of aviation in Italy.
Civil Aircraft Registrations
Italian civil aircraft have been registered in the series I-AAAA onwards since 1919. A historical I- register listing.
Military Air Arms
Historical military air arms-
Army Aviation (Aeronautica del Regio Esercito) [1911-1923]
Naval Aviation (Aviazione della Marina) [1912-1923]
National Republic Aviation (Aviazione Nazionale Repubblicana) [1943-1945]
Central Government Agencies
Public Service Aviation
To be added.
Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots
Civil Airports & Airfields
Military Air Bases & Airfields
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.
Deltaland – Parco Velivoli Storici
Museo Dell’Aria ‘Nido Delle Aquile’
Museo Dell’Aeronautica Gianni Gaproni
Museo Nazionale Della Scienza e Della Tecnica
Museo Storico Dell’Aeronautica Militare Italiana
Magazines Guide for Italy
Italian Aviation Bibliography – to be added