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CULTURE & RELIGION
Religion in Italy
A Christian country
Italy is a Christian country, some 88 per cent of the population belonging to the Roman Catholic church, although only around athird of these regard themselves as ‘active’ in religious terms.
The majority of the world’s religious and philosophical movements have churches or meeting places in the major cities and resort areas,including the Anglican and American churches.
Other religious groups in Italy include over 1m Muslims, 700,000 Eastern Orthodox Christians, 550,000 evangelical Protestants, 235,000 Jehovah’sWitnesses, 45,000 Jews, and the Waldensian Evangelical Church and other small groups such as Swiss-Protestant Baptists in Piedmont, plus a number of Eastern Orthodox Albanian communities in the Mezzogiorno.Although the right to freedom of worship is guaranteed under the Italian constitution, some extreme sects are prohibited.
Italy has a unique religious heritage and 2,000 years of Christianity haspermeated every facet of Italian life. The Vatican City (covering 47ha/116 acres and with a population of around 900) was established in 1929 and is a self-contained sovereign state (the world’ssmallest) within the city of Rome.
ITALY LANDSCAPES
Italy, a small country, offers a lot, for landcapes photography, from mountains, to countryside, sea and lacs.
I will just indicate some placesfamiliar to me, but which are also must see places.

1) Tuscany, one of the regions of Italy, offers a lot in terms of photography, first of all very nice landscapes, but also beautifull old villages,which are very well maintained and with interesting landscape in the surroundings.
For landscapes, probably,the best area is located in the middle of the region, in a triangle between the city ofFlorence, Pisa and Siena.
Go to SANTA LUCE or ORCIANO PISANO villages (near Pisa) for country landscape, than VOLTERRA village, and than proceed to SAN GIMIGNANO, MONTERIGGIONI villages and surroundings:...
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