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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- June 6th 2011 Bon Giorn- Lowe Italia!
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- September 6th 2010 Lake Garda- Italy
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- May 25th 2010 And over the Alps we go!!
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- September 30th 2009 Lake Garda
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- June 17th 2009 Croatia- Lake Garda
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- June 17th 2009 Day thirtyfour The whole 1.354.986 yards
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- June 16th 2009 Day thirtythree Outlet village or district?
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- June 14th 2009 Day thirtyone Freefalling swingride
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- June 13th 2009 Day thirty Year seven
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- October 9th 2008 Italian Lake District
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- October 8th 2008 Italian Lake District
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- September 28th 2008 Lago di Garda
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- August 16th 2008 Italy - Finally!
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- August 14th 2008 Bens bit (slightly out of date)
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- August 7th 2008 Lake Garda
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- July 14th 2008 Watch Your Mouth and Take Shelter!
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- April 30th 2008 Italia Grandiosa - Sirmione
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- April 7th 2008 Finally...our 1st entry!
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- December 16th 2007 Pizza & Pasta, Fiats & scooters, cultural overload and the home of the Mafia
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- July 12th 2007 lake gaurda is pretty but were movin on!
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