Italy is a unitary parliamentary republic in Southern Europe. The independent states of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within Italy, while Campione d’Italia is an Italian exclave in Switzerland.Modern Italy is a democratic republic. It has been ranked as the world’s 24th most-developed country Italy enjoys a very high standard of living, and has a high GDP per capital.
Acknowledged as the birthplace of Western culture it is also home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. High art and monuments are to be found everywhere around the country. It is also famous worldwide for its delicious cuisine, its trendy fashions, luxury sports cars and motorcycles, diverse regional cultures and dialects, as well as for its many beautiful coasts, alpine lakes and mountains.