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Germany

I INTRODUCTION Germany, Federal Republic of (German Bundesrepublik Deutschland), major industrialized nation in central Europe, a federal union of 16 states (Länder). Germany has a long, complex history and rich culture, but it did not become a unified nation until 1871. Before … Continue reading

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London, England

I INTRODUCTION London (England), city, capital of the United Kingdom. London is situated in southeastern England along the Thames River. With a population of about 7 million, this vast metropolis is by far the largest city in Europe, a distinction it has maintained since … Continue reading

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Vatican City

I INTRODUCTION Vatican City, independent state, under the absolute authority of the pope of the Roman Catholic church. It is an enclave within Rome, Italy, with an area of 44 hectares (110 acres). The smallest independent country in the world, Vatican City was … Continue reading

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Rhodes island, Greece

Rhodes (island, Greece) (ancient Rhodus or Rhodos; modern Greek Ródhos), island, southeastern Greece, in the Aegean Sea, near Turkey, grouped for administrative purposes with the Dodecanese Islands. The island has a maximum length, from northeast to southwest, of 72 km … Continue reading

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Venice, Italy

I INTRODUCTION Venice (Italy) (Italian Venezia), city and seaport in northeastern Italy, in Veneto Region, capital of Venice Province. Venice is situated on 120 islands formed by 177 canals in the lagoon between the mouths of the Po and Piave rivers, at the … Continue reading

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Genoa, Italy tourist information

I INTRODUCTION Genoa (Italian Genova; ancient Genua), city, northwestern Italy, capital of Genoa Province, in Liguria Region, a seaport on the Gulf of Genoa (an arm of the Ligurian Sea). The city lies beside a fine natural harbor at the foot of a … Continue reading

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Modern Venice

Venice. The mere name summons associations from its astonishing 1,500 years, an incomparable legacy of art, politics, and commerce. Ten million visitors a year arrive to marvel at the remains of its glory, the architecture and paintings, and to be … Continue reading

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Milan, Italy Tourist Information

I INTRODUCTION Milan (Italian Milano; ancient Mediolanum), city, northern Italy, capital of Milano Province and of Lombardy Region (Lombardia). The second largest Italian city in population (after Rome), it is a leading commercial, financial, and manufacturing center of Italy and a major center … Continue reading

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Pisa, Leaning Tower of

Pisa, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Leaning Tower of, the campanile, freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of Pisa, Italy. Like the cathedral and associated baptistery, the tower was built in the Romanesque style. Adjacent to the three structures is a … Continue reading

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Italy, tourist information

I INTRODUCTION Italy (Italian Italia), republic in southern Europe, bounded on the north by Switzerland and Austria; on the east by Slovenia and the Adriatic Sea; on the south by the Ionian Sea and the Mediterranean Sea; on the west by the Tyrrhenian … Continue reading

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