Rome, Florence and Venice prosper during the Renaissance, a period of renewed interest in culture. Without the Renaissance the world be lost without the catalyst of knowledge and enlightenment.
Italy becomes a unified nation under King Victor Emmanuel II.
Italy enters World War I on the side of the Allies.
Italy sides with Germany and enters World War II. In 1943, dictator Benito Mussolini is forced to resign.
Italians vote to end the monarchy and make their nation a democratic republic. The Italian people now have a voice and strong voting power.
Catholicism is no longer Italy's formal state religion. Though it is the most practices religion in Italy, it is not the official religion.