- Italy loves hot baths so much that it covers the cost of some therapies for citizens
- Italy boasts the most beaches in Europe, 248 of which have been awarded Blue Flag status
- Pizza's great, but Italy truly shines in its amazing array of delicious desserts
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(CNN)Pizza, pasta, Verdi, the Coliseum, runway models.