Geography of Italy

  • geography of italy
    italy and mediterranean esa391025.jpg
    continenteurope (the small islands of lampedusa and lampione are included in the african plate)
    regionsouth europe
    coordinates42°00′n 12°05′e / 42°00′n 12°05′e / 42.000; 12.083
    area
     • total301,339 km2 (116,348 sq mi)
     • land97.61%
     • water2.39%
    coastline7,600 km (4,700 mi)
    borderstotal land borders
    1836.4 km
    highest pointmont blanc
    4,810 m
    lowest pointjolanda di savoia
    -3.44 m
    longest riverpo
    652 km
    largest lakegarda
    370 km2 (140 sq mi)
    exclusive economic zone541,915 km2 (209,235 sq mi)
    köppen climate classification types of italy

    italy is located in southern europe and comprises the long, boot-shaped italian peninsula, the southern side of alps, the large plain of the po valley and some islands including sicily and sardinia. corsica, although belonging to the italian geographical region, has been a part of france since 1769. italy is part of the northern hemisphere.

    its total area is 301,340 km2 (116,350 sq mi), of which 294,140 km2 (113,570 sq mi) is land and 7,200 km2 is water (2,780 sq mi). it lies between latitudes 35° and 48° n, and longitudes and 19° e.

    italy borders switzerland (698 km or 434 mi), france (476 km or 296 mi), austria (404 km or 251 mi) and slovenia (218 km or 135 mi). san marino (37 km or 23 mi) and vatican city (3.4 km or 2.1 mi) are enclaves. the total border length is 1,836.4 km (1,141.1 mi).

    including islands, italy has a coastline of 7,600 km (4,700 mi) on the adriatic sea, ionian sea, tyrrhenian sea, ligurian sea, sea of sardinia and strait of sicily.

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Geography of Italy
Italy and Mediterranean ESA391025.jpg
ContinentEurope (the small islands of Lampedusa and Lampione are included in the African Plate)
RegionSouth Europe
Coordinates42°00′N 12°05′E / 42°00′N 12°05′E / 42.000; 12.083
Area
 • Total301,339 km2 (116,348 sq mi)
 • Land97.61%
 • Water2.39%
Coastline7,600 km (4,700 mi)
BordersTotal land borders
1836.4 km
Highest pointMont Blanc
4,810 m
Lowest pointJolanda di Savoia
-3.44 m
Longest riverPo
652 km
Largest lakeGarda
370 km2 (140 sq mi)
Exclusive economic zone541,915 km2 (209,235 sq mi)

Italy is located in southern Europe and comprises the long, boot-shaped Italian Peninsula, the southern side of Alps, the large plain of the Po Valley and some islands including Sicily and Sardinia. Corsica, although belonging to the Italian geographical region, has been a part of France since 1769. Italy is part of the Northern Hemisphere.

Its total area is 301,340 km2 (116,350 sq mi), of which 294,140 km2 (113,570 sq mi) is land and 7,200 km2 is water (2,780 sq mi). It lies between latitudes 35° and 48° N, and longitudes and 19° E.

Italy borders Switzerland (698 km or 434 mi), France (476 km or 296 mi), Austria (404 km or 251 mi) and Slovenia (218 km or 135 mi). San Marino (37 km or 23 mi) and Vatican city (3.4 km or 2.1 mi) are enclaves. The total border length is 1,836.4 km (1,141.1 mi).

Including islands, Italy has a coastline of 7,600 km (4,700 mi) on the Adriatic Sea, Ionian Sea, Tyrrhenian Sea, Ligurian Sea, Sea of Sardinia and Strait of Sicily.