Where is Italy? Italy is located in the south of Europe, on the Mediterranean Sea. Because of its elongated shape, surrounded by the sea, the country is also called 'the boot'. Sicily then forms the football against which the boot kicks.
In addition to Sicily, Sardinia, Elba, Capri and a large number of smaller ones also belong Italian Islands to Italy.
The island above Sardinia is Corsica. Although it is closer to Italy, it belongs to France. Italy has waived its claim to this island in the past.
Italy has a coastline of more than 7.600 kilometers. The country is therefore rich in beaches, although there are also many rocky coasts.
Neighboring countries of Italy
To the north, Italy borders France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The sea between Sardinia, Sicily and the mainland is called the Tyrrhenian Sea. The Mediterranean is beyond and below Italy. On the eastern side of Italy we speak of the Adriatic Sea. The Ionian Sea lies below the sole of the boot.
Within Italy there are two independent states. These are Vatican in Rome – the smallest country in the world – where the Pope is in charge. Also San Marino at Rimini is an independent state within Italy. There is also a piece of Italy in another country. That is Campione d’Italia, an Italian exclave in Switzerland.
Where is Italy in Europe?
Do you want to know more about Italy and its location? Or do you want to see Italy on the map? Also view the information on the page 'Italy Map'.
Do you have a talk about Italy or are you going on holiday to Italy? Also view the page with '100 facts about Italy'.