Italy: History & Timeline

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Here is a brief timeline of important events that have shaped the country and its people; the focus here will be geared towards recent events (from 100 years ago or so), located towards the bottom, but we’ll begin with more ancient events first.

  • Mt. Vesuvius Erupts
    79 CE
  • Flavius Odoacer Becomes First King of Italy
    476
  • Charlemagne Becomes King of Lombards
    774
  • Italian Renaissance
    14th through 16th Centuries
  • Napoleon Occupies Rome
    1809
    Napoleon occupies Rome, exiles the Pope Pius VII, seizes the Papal art collections for the Louvre in Paris.
  • Italy Joins Allies During World War I
    1915
  • Mussolini Forms Government
    1922
  • Lateran Treaty Creates Vatican City
    1929
  • Italy Invades Ethiopia
    1935
    Subsequently banned from League of Nations.
  • Mussolini Creates Rome-Berlin Axis with Nazi Germany
    1936
  • Italian Start of WWII
    1940
    Italy invades Greece from occupied Albania.
  • Albania is Occupied
    1939
  • Italian Republic is Formed
    10 June 1946
  • Italy Joins United Nations
    1955
  • Italy is Founding Member of EEC
    1957
    The European Economic Community is the European Union predecessor.
  • Italy Begins Using the Euro
    2002
    The Euro replaces the lira.
  • Italy Accepted into Eurozone
    1999
  • Summer Olympics in Rome
    1960
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