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Italy occupies a long, boot-shaped peninsula that juts southward into the Mediterranean Sea.  The terrain of Italy is mostly mountainous and rugged, with some plains and lowlands along the coasts.  Italy also comprises more than 70 islands, including Sicily and Sardinia, the two largest.

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Tivoli is located in the Apennine Mountains of Italy The majority of Italy is made up of mountains.  The central range, the Apennines, which reach heights of almost 10,000 feet in some areas, extend the length of the mainland and into Sicily, where Mount Etna, an active volcano, is located.  Another active volcano, Mount Vesuvius, is included in the same range and is located near Naples.  The soil on the mountains is thin, but some mountain meadows provide pastureland, and the valleys between the mountains also provide some arable land.

Lago Maggiore The Appenines merge with the Alps, forming boundaries with Switzerland, Austria, and Germany, at the northwest tip of the peninsula.  Several lakes, including Lago Maggiore, Lago di Como, and Lago di Garda, are located in the southern portion of the Alps.

Lombardy region of Italy Italy's largest lowland region, the plain of Lombardy, stretches eastward between the Apennines and the Alps.  This area is the most populated, and most fertile, section of Italy.  More than two-fifths of Italy's crops, including potatoes, corn, wheat, olives, citrus, and stone fruits are grown in this area.  The land also supports cattle, sheep, and cows.  Italy produces more wine than any other country in the world, and most of its vineyards are located in this fertile region.

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