160+ Italy Trivia Questions and Answers

Italy borders Austria, France, Vatican City, San Marino, Slovenia, and Switzerland. It is slightly larger than Arizona. The country has the oldest population in Europe. It is estimated that the average age in Italy will be 54 years by 2050.

Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” was set in Verona and you can actually visit “Juliet’s balcony” in the city. As much as Shakespeare is accurate about Italy, there’s no proof he ever visited the country.

Italy Facts Trivia Questions and Answers

It is a tradition in Italy to eat salad after the main course as fiber helps with digestion. However, it’s not taken as a dessert. After the salad, you can still look forward to fruit and a dessert of your choice.

The country is famous for its many inventions. For instance, corrective eyeglasses, thermometers, batteries, and Ice cream cones are Italian inventions.

Quiz yourself with this list of Italy trivia questions and answers to help you understand more about the country and its people.

 

1. What is the capital of Italy?

Rome

 

2. What type of footwear is Italy said to look like?

Boot

 

3. What colours can you find on the Italian flag?

Green, White and Red

 

4. Which contemporary Italian sculptor, famous for his bronze spheres, is named after a fruit?

Arnaldo Pomodoro

 

5. Who painted ‘The Last Supper’?

Leonardo da Vinci

 

6. What is the population of Italy?

60 million

 

7. Which currency is used in Italy?

Euro

 

8. What was the nickname of the composer of Le Quattro Stagioni?

Il Prete Rosso

 

9. In what year did Italy become its own country?

1861

 

10. In which century was the Italian Unification?

19th century

 

11. Which Italian car manufacturer sponsors a Formula One team?

Ferrari

 

12. Who was the last King of Italy?

Umberto II

 

13. Which is the longest river in Italy?

Il Po

 

14. William Shakesphere wrote 38 plays; how many of them were set in Italy?

13

 

15. What is the official name of Italy?

Repubblica Italiana (Italian Republic)

 

16. Who wrote the opera ‘La Boheme’?

Puccini

 

17. How many active volcanoes are there in Italy?

3

 

18. Which countries share a land border with Italy (not counting the enclaves)?

4. Switzerland, France, Slovenia and Austria.

 

19. Literacy rate of Italians is what?

98%

 

20. Which famous explorer was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1451?

 

21. Two countries are enclaves in Italy. Which ones are they?

San Marino and Vatican City

 

22. What was the name of the town destroyed by mount Vesuvius in 79AD?

Pompei

 

23. How many official languages are there in Italy?

One, Italian.

 

24. Which is the highest mountain in Italy?

Monte Bianco

 

25. What product is Italy the largest producer and exporter of?

Wine, producing around 54,800 hectolitres per year!

 

26. When was Pompeii destroyed by the ashes of Mount Vesuvius?

79AD

 

27. What is the name of the church in the Vatican?

St Peters

 

28. How long would a flight from NYC airport take to Italy’s capital city?

8 hours

 

29. What is the longest river in Italy?

River Po

 

30. What is the name of the mountain range that forms the dorsal spine of Italy?

Apennines

 

31. What are Italy’s 2 main mountain ranges called?

The Alps and the Apennines

 

32. Rome has only one sister city. Which was is it?

Paris

 

33. Which is the largest of the Italian lakes?

Garda

 

34. Florence Nightingale was born in Italy on 12 May; of what year?

1820

 

35. In which Italian city is “Romeo and Juliet” (Shakespeare) set?

Verona

 

36. Gelato is a famous?

Ice cream

 

37. Which town is part of the Amalfi Coast?

Positano

 

38. Who painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel?

Michelangelo

 

39. In what Italian city was pizza invented?

Naples

 

40. On which Italian island can you find the town of Alghero?

Sardinia

 

41. Panettone is a?

Sweet

 

42. What percentage of Italians identify as Christians?

80%

 

43. What is the capital of Sicily?

Palermo

 

44. Which range of mountains can you find at the border between Italy and France?

The Alps

 

45. Christopher Columbus was born in which Italian port?

Genoa

 

46. In Roman Mythology, what are the twins’ names who discovered the city of Rome?

Romulus and Remus

 

47. What is the capital of Puglia?

Bari

 

48. Which food was invented in Napoli around 1860?

Pizza

 

49. Who helped Italian Prime Minister Mussolini escape captivity for war crimes in 1943?

Adolph Hitler

 

50. Which UNESCO site is made of 18 peaks and located in the northern Italian Alps?

The Dolomites

 

51. Which famous Roman was assassinated on the ‘Ides of March’?

Julius

 

52. Which region is Naples the capital of?

Campania

 

53. Who was an Italian scientist and artist who was the first to prove the world is round and not flat?

Leonardo da Vinci

 

54. In 1348, what plague hit Italy, killing a third of the population?

The Black Death

 

55. Which UNESCO site is made of 5 seaside villages in Northern Italy?

Cinque Terre

 

56. Which is a Lagoon City build on islands and known for its Carnival?

Venice

 

57. In what year did Rome become a kingdom?

753 BC

 

58. Which river flows through Rome?

 

59. Upto 2001m the Currency of Italy was?

Lira

 

60. In 1503, what iconic painting did Leonardo Di Vinci create?

 

61. On which small island can you find the Spiaggia dei Conigli?

Alexander the Great

 

62. Which world-famous astronomer was sentenced to life in prison, in 1633, for opposing the Churches teachings with scientific fact?

Galileo Galilei

 

63. Who was the first emperor of Rome?

 

64. Italy was established in which year?

1861

 

65. In what year did Italy adopt the euro as its official currency?

2002

 

66. Lorenzo de Medici was the de facto ruler of which republic?

Republic of Florence

 

67. How many minority languages are also spoken in Italy, including German, Sardinian, Slovene and Albanian?

34

 

68. If someone said ‘Addio,’ what would they mean?

Goodbye!

 

69. There are 2 Italian words for ‘yes, can you name them?

Sì and certo

 

70. Which Prime Minister was elected in 2001?

79 A.D.

 

71. Italian is the closest national language to what?

Latin

 

72. Which Italian noblewoman became Queen of France in the 16th century?

Catherine de Medici

 

73. Population of Ukraine is more than that of Italy. True/False?

False

 

74. How many English-speaking people are actively learning to speak Italian on the language-learning website Duolingo?

5 million

 

75. Italy is subdivided in ____ regions.

20

 

76. When did Italy enter WWI (year)?

1915

 

77. How many letters are in the Italian alphabet?

21

 

78. Which politician founded the National Fascist Party?

 

79. If we wished you ‘Buona Giornata, ‘ what would we mean?

Have a nice day!

 

80. What course would you expect to be served a salad in Italy?

Side dish! Served next to Secondi Piatti (the Main)!

 

81. Who became Prime Minister in February 2021?

Mario Draghi

 

82. How many different types of pasta are there?

More than 350

 

83. What is the name of the typical Sicilian dish made of a stuffed rice ball?

Arancini

 

84. What thought of Italian dish is not Italian at all?

Spaghetti and meatballs

 

85. What type of milk is used to make traditional mozzarella?

Buffalo’s milk

 

86. What food is traditionally eaten in Italy on New Year’s Eve?

Lentils

 

87. Which cut of meat is used in an Osso Bucco?

Veal shanks

 

88. What is the national dish of Italy?

Ragu Alla Bolognese: commonly known as spaghetti bolognaise.

 

89. In which city was the Pasta Carbonara invented?

Rome

 

90. When did the first pizzeria open up in America?

1905

 

91. What type of food is Focaccia?

Bread

 

92. Famous Italian dessert, Tiramisu, typically contains liquor; but which 2 are the most popular additions?

Marsala wine and rum

 

93. Which Italian dessert can be translated as “lift me up”?

Tiramisu

 

94. What is the main ingredient in the pasta known as Gnocchi?

Potato

 

95. What is the main ingredient in the sauce of a Risotto ai Funghi?

Mushrooms

 

96. What does Italy have more of than any other country?

World Heritage Sites; of which there are 55!

 

97. To which cheese family does Parmigiano belong?

Grana

 

98. How many Italians work as Baristas in Italy?

More than 20,000

 

99. Which dish consists of slices of raw beef sprinkled with oil and Parmesan cheese?

Carpaccio

 

100. On average, how many cups of coffee are sold in Italian coffee shops every day?

175

 

101. Who painted the frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel?

Michelangelo

 

102. What does Italy have more of than any other country?

World Heritage Sites; of which there are 55!

 

103. Which famous statue can you find at Florence’s Galleria dell’Accademia?

David

 

104. How many Italians work as Baristas in Italy?

More than 20,000

 

105. In which museum can you find “The Birth of Venus” by Sandro Botticelli?

Uffizi Gallery in Florence

 

106. How many lakes are there in Italy?

1,500

 

107. Who painted “The school of Athens”?

Rafael

 

108. How many people visit Italy every year?

Nearly 65 million

 

109. Which famous painting from Botticelli can be translated from Italian to “Spring”?

Primarivera

 

110. How much money annually do tourists throw into the Trevi Fountain?

€1,000,000; that’s around €3,000 a day!

 

111. Which Italian artist’s real name was “Michelangelo Merisi”?

Caravaggio

 

112. Which famous Italian sculptor made The Feast of Herod and Lo Zuccone?

Donatello

 

113. In which city can you find the Uffizi Gallery?

Florence

 

114. Which family was the mentor of Michelangelo?

Medici family

 

115. Who wrote the opera “La Boheme”?

Puccini

 

116. Who sang “La solitudine”?

Laura Pausini

 

117. Who sang “Ti Amo”?

Umberto Tozzi

 

118. Who sang “Lasciatemi cantare”?

Toto Cutugno

 

119. Who wrote the opera “Rigoletto”?

Giuseppe Verdi

 

120. Which theatre in Milan is known in the entire world for its operas, ballets, and concerts?

Teatro della Scala

 

121. What is the Italian term that describes the fact of singing without instrumental accompaniment?

A cappella

 

122. What is the national anthem of Italy?

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123. What type of race is the Palio in Sienna?

 

124. How many times did Italy win the football world cup?

4 times (1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006)

 

125. Which Argentinian football player used to play for Napoli in the 80s?

 

126. What are the two main football teams in Rome?

SS Lazio and AS Roma

 

127. In which Italian city where the 2006 Winter Olympics hosted?

Turin

 

128. In which city is the Italian Open held?

Rome

 

129. Italy is part of a European Rugby competition. Which one is it?

Six nations

 

130. What is “Calcio” in Italian?

Football

 

131. Which sport is Valentina Marchei known for?

 

132. Which constructor got the most win at the Italian Grand Prix?

Ferrari

 

133. After which author is the term “Machiavellian”?

Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli

 

134. Which Italian author wrote, “If this is a man”?

Primo Michele Levi

 

135. Which poet wrote the Divine Comedy?

Dante

 

136. Who wrote, “The name of the Rose”?

Umberto Eco

 

137. Which book by Frances Mayes was adapted into a movie in 2003?

Under the Tuscan sun

 

138. In which famous movie can you see Anita Ekberg in the Trevi Fountain?

La Dolce Vita

 

139. Which movie starred Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Italy?

Roman Holiday

 

140. Which movie, a sequel to The Da Vinci Code, was partially filmed in Rome?

Angels and Demons

 

141. Who directed the movie Marriage Italian Style?

Vittorio De Sica

 

142. Who plays Dickie Greenleaf in The Talented Mr. Ripley?

Jude Law

 

143. Which 1953 movie stars Audrey Hepburn as a princess?

Roman Holiday

 

144. Who plays Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat Pray Love?

 

145. Who played Michael Corleone in The Godfather?

Al Pacino

 

146. What is the English equivalent of “In bocca al lupo”?

Break a leg (good luck)

 

147. What does “Buon compleanno” mean?

Happy Birthday

 

148. What does “Prego” mean?

You’re welcome

 

149. If someone asks you “Come stai?”, what is s/he asking you?

How are you

 

150. What is “la colazione”?

Breakfast

 

151. What is a “cornetto”?

Croissant

 

152. If you are at a bar and order a “succo di frutta”, what are you ordering?

Fruit Juice

 

153. How do you say “cold” in Italian?

Freddo

 

154. Which letter is used at the end of a feminine word?

A

 

155. How do you say “to eat” in Italian?

Mangiare

 

156. In which city can you find the Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto)?

Venice

 

157. According to UNESCO, 30% of the world’s most important works of art can be found in one Italian city. Which city is it?

Florence

 

158. What sort of tower is the leaning tower of Pisa?

Campanile of the cathedral of Pisa

 

159. On which island can you find the Blue Grotto?

Capri island

 

160. In which city can you find the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II?

Milan

 

161. What is the name of the train that goes from Naples to Sorrento, through Pompeii?

Circumvesuviana

 

162. In which archipelago can you find the pink beach of Budelli?

La Maddalena

 

163. On which island can you find the Star of the Turks (Scala dei Turchi)?

Sicily

 

164. In which Italian region can you find the Trulli houses?

Puglia

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