Background: Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the city-states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI established a Fascist dictatorship. His disastrous alliance with Nazi Germany led to Italy's defeat in World War II. A democratic republic replaced the monarchy in 1946 and economic revival followed. Italy was a charter member of NATO and the European Economic Community (EEC). It has been at the forefront of European economic and political unification, joining the Economic and Monetary Union in 1999. Persistent problems include illegal immigration, organized crime, corruption, high unemployment, sluggish economic growth, and the low incomes and technical standards of southern Italy compared with the prosperous north.
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- October 2nd 2012 Day 11 - Tuscan Wine Tasting from Roma!
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- June 9th 2012 Devastated
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- June 8th 2012 School’s Out!
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- June 6th 2012 Back on the Sanna Trail
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- June 5th 2012 Whispering hills
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- June 5th 2012 Just Study! Boring!
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- June 4th 2012 Making Gnocchi!
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- June 3rd 2012 Study Day
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- June 2nd 2012 Catch up Day!
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- June 1st 2012 Outside the Walls
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- May 31st 2012 Taste of Montepulciano
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- May 30th 2012 Bombed Out!
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- May 29th 2012 Getting left behind in this fast pace!
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- May 28th 2012 First Day of School – Italian Language Lessons
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- May 27th 2012 Milan to Montepulciano
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- October 9th 2011 Montepulciano
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- June 22nd 2011 Hit the mountain towns - Montepulciano and San Quirico D'Orcia
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- May 16th 2011 Lost in Tuscany
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- April 12th 2011 Tuscany
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- December 1st 2010 Montepulciano photos
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