Italian Peninsula

Satellite image of Italy in March 2003

The Italian Peninsula, Apennine Peninsula or Mainland Italy, also Italy (Italian: Penisola italiana or Penisola appenninica) is one of the three large peninsulas of Southern Europe (the other two being the Iberian Peninsula and Balkan Peninsula), spanning 1,000 km from the Po Valley in the north to the central Mediterranean Sea in the south. The peninsula’s shape gives it the nickname Lo Stivale (The Boot).

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