Europe's fourth-largest economy, Italy was the birthplace of the Renaissance and is home to more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country. From Marco Polo to Christopher Columbus, Italian explorers were European pioneers in reaching the Far East and the New World. The country faces an uncertain economic future, but its canals and monuments continue to draw millions of tourists each year.
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