The Republic of Italy is a country in Southern Europe. It comprises a boot-shaped peninsula and two large islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily and Sardinia. Italy shares its northern alpine boundary with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia.
Area: 301,230 sq km
Climate: predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south
Terrain: mostly rugged and mountainous; some plains, coastal lowlands
Population: 58,103,033 (July 2005 est.)
Religion: predominately Roman Catholic with mature Protestant and Jewish communities and a growing Muslim immigrant community
Languages: Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region are predominantly German speaking), French (small French-speaking minority in Valle d'Aosta region), Slovene (Slovene-speaking minority
Community NameItalian Community of Tasmania
Size of Community in Tasmania
Local Community Contact DetailsNA
Donation to the International Wall of Friendship
The Italian stone was presented by Dr. Antonio Prenzano, Italian Consul General and Mrs Nerea Bini Maluta, Italian Vice-Consul in Tasmania on 16th of March 1983.The stone is a polished face Italian white marble with and was donated by Peter Rizzolo of the Hobart firm Rizzolo Stone and Concrete Pty Ltd. The gold-filled engraved design feature the national emblem of the Italian Republic at the top left followed by an inscription in Italian and English.