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“Since World War II, Italian society has profoundly changed, with a significant impact on daily life. One of the main elements of change is the more visible role women play in society outside the home, such as increased participation in higher education and the professions. One aspect of this changed role is that Italy records one of the lowest average numbers of children per woman in the world, as well as some of the lowest birth and fertility rates. The declining number of births was a subject of much concern in the first years of the 21st century, and some towns and villages, particularly in the depopulated rural south, were offering cash premiums and tax incentives for newborns. Of equal concern was the concomitant graying of Italy; in 2010 about one-fifth of the population was over age 65.

Italians cannot be typified by any one physical characteristic, a fact that may be explained by the past domination of parts of the peninsula by different peoples. TheEtruscans in Tuscany and Umbria and the Greeks in the south preceded the Romans, who “Latinized” the whole country and maintained unity until the 5th century. Jews arrived in Italy during the Roman Republic, remaining until the present day. With the collapse of the Roman Empire in the West, Italy suffered invasions and colonization, which inevitably affected its ethnic composition. With some exceptions, the north was penetrated by Germanic tribes crossing the Alps, while the south was colonized by Mediterranean peoples arriving by sea. The Byzantines were dominant in the south for five centuries, coinciding with the supremacy of the Lombards (a Germanic tribe) in Benevento and other parts of the mainland. In the 9th century Sicily was invaded by the Saracens, who remained until the Norman invasion in the early 11th century. The Normans were succeeded by the Aragonese in 1282; in 1720 Sicily came under Austrian rule. This mixed ethnic heritage explains the smattering of light-eyed, blond Sicilians in a predominantly dark-eyed, dark-haired people. Except for the Saracen domination, the Kingdom of Naples, which formed the lower part of the peninsula, had a similar experience, whereas the northern part of Italy, separated from the south by the Papal States, was much more influenced by the dominant force of the Austrians. The Austrian admixture, combined with the earlier barbarian invasions, may account for the greater frequency of light-eyed, blond Italians originating in the north. The ethnic mixing continues to the present day. Since the 1970s, Italy has been receiving immigrants from a number of less-developed countries. A predominantly female migration from the Philippines and other Asian countries compares with a predominantly male influx from North Africa. With the accession of numerous former Soviet-bloc countries to the European Union in 2004 and 2007, immigration from eastern Europe soared. In the early 21st century about five million foreigners—roughly half of them from eastern Europe—resided on Italian territory.”

source: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/297474/Italy

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Event: Medieval festivals in the village Loro Piceno, Marche Region, Italy. Date: 24 August 2014. In the picture you can see the medieval flag wavers while performing
Event: Medieval festivals in the village Loro Piceno, Marche Region, Italy. Date: 24 August 2014. In the picture you can see the medieval flag wavers while performing
seller of fruits and vegetables in the street market at Campo de Fiori square in Rome
street musician in the market of Campo de Fiori square in Rome
the fountain in the main square of the Trastevere district in Rome
view of typical houses in the Trastevere neighborhood in Rome's historic center. Italy
a typical tavern in the famous Trastevere district in Rome
Fishing in the Lagoon of Venice
Fish market in Chioggia, Italy
Caffè of the fig tree in the center of Rome
seller of Italian cheeses
Italian butcher as he cuts the meat
carpenter while working in his workshop in Rome
barber shop in the district of Trastevere in Rome's historic center
Flavors of Autumn Festival: Seller of typical Italian cold cuts in a street market in the medieval village of Montefano. Marche Region, Italy.
Flavors of Autumn Festival: Seller of typical Italian cold cuts in a street market in the medieval village of Montefano. Marche Region, Italy.
artisan of baskets in a street market in the medieval village of Loro Piceno. Marche Region, Italy
Italian seller prepares the typical mozzarella cheese in a street market. Medieval village of Montefano, Marche Region, Italy
interior view of an Italian butcher.
seller of Italian cheeses
a man and a woman while cooking Italian pasta in a grocery shop in Rome
market selling various Italian pasta and rice. Medieval town of Foligno, Umbria Region, Italy
a woman serving pizza in a pizza shop in Rome
carpenter while working in his workshop in Rome
carpenter while working in his workshop in Rome
carpenter and framer while working in his workshop in Rome
Italian baker while preparing bread and pizza in his bakery in Rome
Olive oil. Event: Herbaria, exhibition of organic products in Fiastra Abbey. Marche region, Italy. Date: 24 - 27 May 2012. The name Herbaria stands for top quality and competence when it comes to teas, herbs and spices from controlled organic farms.
Natural organic bath, sauna and body care products. Event: Herbaria, exhibition of organic products in Fiastra Abbey. Marche region, Italy. Date: 24 - 27 May 2012. The name Herbaria stands for top quality and competence when it comes to teas, herbs and spices from controlled organic farms.
Italian baker while preparing bread and pizza in his bakery in Trastevere. Rome, Italy
scooters for rent exposed in shop in Rome
Touristic bus for tourists in love the historic center of Rome
date: December 8, 2014 Event:exhibition of Christmas decorations in the medieval Pallotta Palace in the city of Caldarola. Marche region, central Italy
seller of ceramic craft in the medieval town of Caldarola. Marche region, central Italy
street painter in the historic center of Rome
street painters in the historic center of Rome
street painters in the historic center of Rome
street painters in the historic center of Rome
Date: October 25, 2014. Event: Manifestation of the major Italian trade union CGIL in Rome against the government's labor reform.
Date: October 25, 2014. Event: Manifestation of the major Italian trade union CGIL in Rome against the government's labor reform.
Date: October 25, 2014. Event: Manifestation of the major Italian trade union CGIL in Rome against the government's labor reform.
funny coffee bar with displays of various photographs and posters in the city of Gaeta, Italy
Street painter in Via del Corso street in Rome
Event: February 15, 2014, Parliament Square Rome. Political manifestation of Beppe Grillo's movement 5 stars against the policy of the Italian Government.
street painter in the square Navona in Rome
street painter in the square Navona in Rome
The celebration among the Provencal of France and Italy. It is celebrated each September in the Piedmont region, italy. Photo taken at 6th of September 2009.
La Corsa dei Ceri at Gubbio. The statue of Saint Ubaldo leads the procession.
La Corsa dei Ceri at Gubbio. The statue of Saint Ubaldo leads the procession.
Zampognari, Italian Christmas Bagpipes in Rome.
market selling various Italian pasta and rice. Medieval town of Foligno, Umbria Region, Italy
a typical tavern in the famous Trastevere district in Rome
young boys and girls meet at the famous Trastevere district in Rome
seller of various magic tricks in a street market in Rome
May 12 2013: demonstration in honor of the Roman philosopher and orator Cicero. Medieval town of Arpino, birthplace of Cicero. Lazio Region, Italy
Rome January 6, 2013: street artists perform during the Carnival celebrations in Piazza Navona in Rome.
Rome January 6, 2013: street artists perform during the Carnival celebrations in Piazza Navona in Rome.
Rome January 6, 2013: street artists perform during the Carnival celebrations in Piazza Navona in Rome.
Rome January 6, 2013: street artists perform during the Carnival celebrations in Piazza Navona in Rome.
bicycle transport ecological tourism parked in Piazza Navona in Rome
Rome 22 January, 2013: A carabinieri parade in the monument for the unification of Italy (Victorian). Venice Square (piazza Venezia), Rome
Rome 22 January, 2013: A carabinieri parade in the monument for the unification of Italy (Victorian). Venice Square (piazza Venezia), Rome
nativity scenes, ornaments and decorative items in the Christmas market in Piazza Navona (Navona Square). Rome, Italy
bar and pizza in the Jewish ghetto in Rome, Italy
waiter in a restaurant in the center of Rome, Italy
ROME - 14. October 2012: Peleton racing in the Cycling Race Campagnolo in Rome.
ROME - 14. October 2012: cyclists while waiting for the start of the bike race Campagnolo.
view a restaurant in the Campo de Fiori square in the historic center of Rome, Italy
the feast of Easter in the medieval town of Sulmona. Abbruzzo Region, Italy
the feast of Easter in the medieval town of Sulmona. Abbruzzo Region, Italy
Rome - 13 april 2012: Demonstrators protest in Rome against the closing of Portovesme and Fusina smeltering plants on the Italian island of Sardinia which employ about 2,000 people. Alcoa is the world's leading integrated aluminum company, providing jobs to 61,000 employees.
Rome (Italy) March 9, 2012: demonstration of Italian Communist Party against the government's economic austerity policy.
Italian metal workers protesting against the economic policy of the Italian government during the general strike on March 9, 2012
Fiom-Cgil trade union held an eight hour nationwide general strike to protest against the government's plans to reform job market to deal with the economic crisis.
Three italian police men in Square Place Navone - Piazza Navona. Rome
Italian Democratic Party's office in Rome
tobacco shop in the Trastevere neighborhood in Rome
Scene of the traditional flea market of Porta Portese in Rome, Italy
Scene of the traditional flea market of Porta Portese in Rome, Italy
Scene of the traditional flea market of Porta Portese in Rome, Italy
Scene of the traditional flea market of Porta Portese in Rome, Italy
Scene of the traditional flea market of Porta Portese in Rome, Italy
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