500 Lire, 1966

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Front: Arethusa, nymph in Greek mythology connected with a spring or fountain

Back: Fancy design


2000 Lire, 1983

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Front: Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), Italian physicist and astronomer

Back: Signs of Zodiac


1000 Lire, 1982

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Front: Marco Polo (1254-1324), Venetian trader and explorer

Back: Facade of Doge Palace in Venice


5000 Lire, 1985

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Front: Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835), Italian opera composer

Back: Scene from opera Norma


10,000 Lire, 1984

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Front: Alessandro Volta (1745-1827), Italian physicist

Back: Alessandro Volta's Mausoleum in Como


Alessandro Volta's Mausoleum

Alessandro Volta's Mausoleum

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1000 Lire, 1990

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Front: Maria Montessori (1870-1952), educational reformer

Back: Teacher and student


2000 Lire, 1990

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Front: Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), inventor of radio

Back: Radio towers, Marconi's yacht Eletta, and early radio set


50,000 Lire, 1992

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Front: Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680), Italian sculptor; Triton Fountain in Piazza Barberini, Rome

Back: The Vision of Constantine statue by Bernini in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

courtesy noteshobby


Triton Fountain

Triton Fountain

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The Vision of Constantine

The Vision of Constantine

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100,000 Lire, 1994

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Front: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610), Italuian painter; couple from Caravaggio's painting "The Fortune Teller"

Back: Basket of Fruit painting by Caravaggio

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The Fortune Teller

The Fortune Teller

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Basket of Fruit

Basket of Fruit

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500,000 Lire, 1994

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Front: Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, known as Raphael, (1483-1520), Italian painter; Triumph of Galatea by Raphael

Back: The School of Athens, one of the most famous frescoes by Raphael

courtesy ybnotes


Triumph of Galatea

Triumph of Galatea

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The School of Athens

The School of Athens

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Back to Europe

Italy, a 700 miles long peninsula extending into the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, was divided into a number of independent states since the fall of Roman Empire until modern times. It was unified with the creation of the Kingdom of Italy in 1860-1946. Became a republic in 1946. For a more detailed country profile, see CIA World Factbook on Italy.

Beginning on January 1, 2002 Euro becomes the official currency for Italy.




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