History National unification. In 1861, at the birth of the Kingdom of Italy, there were 59 provinces.However, at that time the national territory was smaller than the current one: regions of Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol and Lazio were not included in the kingdom.
Italy is divided into 20 Regions (Regioni in Italian) and every Region is divided into Provinces. There are 110 provinces in Italy. Each province is headed by a President assisted by a representative body, the Provincial Council, and an executive body, the Provincial Executive. The three main jobs of a province are: Local planning and zoning
Italy is also a member of the G7, as it has the eighth largest gross domestic product in the world. Italy has become famous for its wine and its food. Some foods are different between regions. Famous dishes include various types of pasta, pizza, and grapes. Olives are much used. Before 1861, Italy was made up of smaller kingdoms and city-states.