a country in southern Europe, surrounded on three sides by the Mediterranean Sea. Italy is a member of theEU. Population: 57,998,353 (2003). Capital: Rome. In ancient times, Italy was home of the Roman civilization, which has had a great influence on how people in Europe live and think. The Renaissance began in Italy in the 14th century. Italy has many beautiful paintings,sculptures, and buildings.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.