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Miss Italia
Miss Italia
Miss Italia
is the name of a beauty pageant awarding prizes every year to young, female contestants from Italy. Since the first edition of the contest in 1939 many of the contestants have gone on to notable careers in television and film.Contents1 History1.1 Regional rankings2 The Winners of Miss Italia 3 Hosts 4 See also 5 Notes 6 External linksHistory[edit] The forerunner of Miss Italia
Miss Italia
was Miss Sorriso (Miss Smile) started in 1939 by Dino Villani, and sponsored by a brand of toothpaste. Contestants were judged by their photographs rather than competing on a runway. After a break during World War II, the contest resumed in 1946 and adopted the present-day name of Miss Italia. It was held in Stresa, which had managed to maintain its hotel infrastructure despite the war
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Beauty Pageant
A beauty pageant or beauty contest is a competition that has traditionally focused on judging and ranking the physical attributes of the contestants, although some contests have evolved to also incorporate personality traits, intelligence, talent, and answers to judges' questions as judged criteria. The term almost invariably refers only to contests for unmarried women such as the Big Four international beauty pageants.[1][2][3] Similar events or competition for men or boys being called by other names and more likely to be bodybuilding contests. The organizers of each pageant may determine the rules of the competition, including the age range of contestants. The rules may also require the contestants to be unmarried, and be "virtuous", "amateur", and available for promotions, besides other criteria
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Calabria
Calabria (Italian pronunciation: [kaˈlaːbrja]; Calàbbria in Calabrian; Calavría in Calabrian Greek; Καλαβρία in Greek; Kalavrì in Arbëresh/Albanian), known in antiquity as Bruttium, is a region in Southern Italy. The capital city of Calabria is Catanzaro. The Regional Council of Calabria is based at the Palazzo Campanella in the city of Reggio Calabria. The region is bordered to the north by the Basilicata Region, to the west by the Tyrrhenian Sea, and to the east by the Ionian Sea. The region covers 15,080 km2 (5,822 sq mi) and has a population of just under 2 million
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Dino Risi
Dino Risi
Dino Risi
(23 December 1916 – 7 June 2008) was an Italian film director. With Mario Monicelli, Luigi Comencini, Nanni Loy
Nanni Loy
and Ettore Scola, he was one of the masters of Commedia all'italiana. He was born in Milan.Contents1 Biography 2 Filmography 3 References 4 External linksBiography[edit] Risi had two brothers, an older brother, Fernando, a cinematographer and a younger brother, Nelo (1920–2015) a director and writer. At the age of twelve, Risi became an orphan and was looked after by relatives and friends of his family.[1] He studied medicine and later became a psychiatrist.[citation needed] Risi started his career in cinema as an assistant director to cinema figures such as Mario Soldati
Mario Soldati
and Alberto Lattuada
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Alberto Sordi
Alberto Sordi
Alberto Sordi
(Italian: [alˈbɛrto ˈsordi]; 15 June 1920 – 24 February 2003), Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI[1] was an Italian actor. He was also a film director and the dubbing voice of Oliver Hardy
Oliver Hardy
in the Italian version of the Laurel and Hardy[2] films.Contents1 Early life 2 Career 3 Filmography3.1 Actor 3.2 Director 3.3 Voice actor4 Theatre4.1 Actor5 Composer and singer 6 Awards 7 References 8 External linksEarly life[edit] Born in Rome
Rome
to a schoolteacher and a musician, Sordi enrolled in Milan's dramatic arts academy but was kicked out because of his thick Roman accent. In the meantime he studied to be an opera singer, a bass
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Claudia Cardinale
Claudia Cardinale
Claudia Cardinale
(born 15 April 1938) is an Italian Tunisian film actress and sex symbol who appeared in some of the most acclaimed European films of the 1960s and 1970s, mainly Italian or French, but also in several English films. Born and raised in La Goulette, a neighbourhood of Tunis, Cardinale won the "Most Beautiful Italian Girl in Tunisia" competition in 1957, the prize being a trip to Italy, which quickly led to film contracts, due above all to the involvement of Franco Cristaldi, who acted as her mentor for a number of years and later married her
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Regions Of Italy
The regions of Italy
Italy
(Italian: regioni) are the first-level administrative divisions of Italy, constituting its second NUTS administrative level.[1] There are 20 regions, of which five are constitutionally given a broader amount of autonomy granted by special statutes. Each region, except for the Aosta
Aosta
Valley, is divided into provinces. Regions are autonomous entities with powers defined in the Constitution.Contents1 History1.1 Regional control2 Regions 3 Macroregions 4 Status4.1 Regions with ordinary statute 4.2 Autonomous regions with special statute5 Institutions 6 Representation in the Senate 7 Economy of regions and macroregions 8 See also8.1 Other administrative divisions9 References 10 External linksHistory[edit] As the administrative districts of the central state during the Kingdom of Italy, regions were granted a measure of political autonomy by the 1948 Constitution of the Italian Republic
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Sicily
Sicily
Sicily
(/ˈsɪsɪli/ SISS-i-lee; Italian: Sicilia [siˈtʃiːlja], Sicilian: Sicìlia) is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is an autonomous region of Italy, in Southern Italy
Italy
along with surrounding minor islands, officially referred to as Regione Siciliana. Sicily
Sicily
is located in the central Mediterranean Sea, south of the Italian Peninsula, from which it is separated by the narrow Strait of Messina. Its most prominent landmark is Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe,[4] and one of the most active in the world, currently 3,329 m (10,922 ft) high
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Lazio
Lazio
Lazio
(UK: /ˈlætsioʊ/, US: /ˈlɑːtsioʊ/; Italian: [ˈlatsjo]; Latin: Latium) is one of the 20 administrative regions of Italy. Situated in the central peninsular section of the country, it has almost 5.9 million inhabitants – making it the second most populated region of Italy
Italy
(after Lombardy and just a little ahead of Campania) [1] – and its GDP of more than 170 billion euros per annum means that it has the nation's second largest regional economy
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Lombardy
Lombardy
Lombardy
(/ˈlɒmbərdi/ LOM-bər-dee; Italian: Lombardia [lombarˈdiːa]; Lombard: Lumbardia, pronounced: (Western Lombard) [lumbarˈdiːa], (Eastern Lombard) [lombarˈdeːa]) is one of the twenty administrative regions of Italy, in the northwest of the country, with an area of 23,844 square kilometres (9,206 sq mi)
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Veneto
Veneto
Veneto
(/ˈveɪnəˌtoʊ/ or /ˈvɛnətoʊ/,[4] Italian: [ˈvɛːneto]; Venetian: Vèneto, Venetian pronunciation: ['vɛːneto][5])[6] is one of the 20 regions of Italy. Its population is about five million, ranking fifth in Italy. The region's capital and most populous city is Venice. Veneto
Veneto
was part of the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
until the 5th century AD. Later, after a feudal period, it was part of the Republic of Venice
Venice
until 1797. Venice
Venice
ruled for centuries over one of the largest and richest maritime republics and trade empires in the world. After the Napoleonic Wars
Napoleonic Wars
and the Congress of Vienna, the Republic was annexed by the Austrian Empire, until it was merged with the Kingdom of Italy in 1866, as a result of the Third Italian War of Independence
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Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Friuli- Venezia Giulia
Venezia Giulia
([friˈuːli veˈnɛttsja ˈdʒuːlja];[a] Friulian: Friûl-Vignesie Julie, Slovene: Furlanija-Julijska krajina, German: Friaul-Julisch Venetien) is one of the 20 regions of Italy, and one of five autonomous regions with special statute. The regional capital is Trieste. The city of Venice
Venice
(Venezia) is not in this region, despite the name. Friuli- Venezia Giulia
Venezia Giulia
has an area of 7,924 km² and about 1.2 million inhabitants. A natural opening to the sea for many Central European countries, the region is traversed by the major transport routes between the east and west of southern Europe
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Tuscany
Tuscany
Tuscany
(/ˈtʌskəni/ TUSK-ə-nee; Italian: Toscana, pronounced [toˈskaːna]) is a region in central Italy
Italy
with an area of about 23,000 square kilometres (8,900 square miles) and a population of about 3.8 million inhabitants (2013). The regional capital is Florence
Florence
(Firenze). Tuscany
Tuscany
is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy, and its influence on high culture. It is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance[4] and has been home to many figures influential in the history of art and science, and contains well-known museums such as the Uffizi
Uffizi
and the Pitti Palace. Tuscany produces wines, including Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano
Morellino di Scansano
and Brunello di Montalcino
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Ugo Tognazzi
Ugo Tognazzi
Ugo Tognazzi
(Italian pronunciation: [ˈuːɡo toɲˈɲattsi]; 23 March 1922 – 27 October 1990) was an Italian film, TV, and theatre actor, director, and screenwriter.Contents1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography4.1 Actor 4.2 Director5 References 6 External linksEarly life[edit] Tognazzi was born in Cremona, in northern Italy
Italy
but spent his youth in various localities as his father was a travelling clerk for an insurance company. After his return to his native city in 1936, he worked in a salami production plant. During World War II, he was inducted into the Army and returned home after the Armistice of 8 September 1943, and joined the Brigate Nere for a while. His passion for theater and acting dates from his early years, and also during the conflict he organized shows for his fellow soldiers. In 1945, he moved to Milan, where he was enrolled in the theatrical company led by Wanda Osiris
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Piedmont
Piedmont
Piedmont
(/ˈpiːdmɒnt/ PEED-mont; Italian: Piemonte, pronounced [pjeˈmonte]; Piedmontese, Occitan and Arpitan: Piemont; French: Piémont) is a region in northwest Italy, one of the 20 regions of the country.[3] It borders the Liguria
Liguria
region to the south, the Lombardy
Lombardy
and Emilia-Romagna
Emilia-Romagna
regions to the east and the Aosta Valley
Aosta Valley
region to the northwest; it also borders France
France
to the west and Switzerland
Switzerland
to the northeast. It has an area of 25,402 square kilometres (9,808 sq mi) and a population of 4,396,293 as of 31 July 2016
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Campania
Campania
Campania
(Italian pronunciation: [kamˈpaːnja]) is a region in Southern Italy. As of 2014, the region had a population of around 5,869,000 people, making it the third-most-populous region of Italy;[2] its total area of 13,590 km2 (5,247 sq mi) makes it the most densely populated region in the country.[3] Located on the Italian Peninsula, with the Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean Sea
to the west, it includes the small Phlegraean Islands
Phlegraean Islands
and Capri
Capri
for administration as part of the region. Campania
Campania
was colonised by Ancient Greeks
Ancient Greeks
and was part of Magna Græcia. During the Roman era, the area maintained a Greco-Roman culture. The capital city of Campania
Campania
is Naples
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