Italy is a country located partly on the European Continent and partly on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe and on the two largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily and Sardinia. Italy shares its northern, Alpine boundary with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The independent states of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within the Italian Peninsula, and Campione d'Italia is an Italian exclave in Switzerland. The territory of Italy covers 301,338 km² and is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. With 60.2 million inhabitants, it is the sixth most populous country in Europe, and the twenty-third most populous in the world.

Italian folk dancing has been an integral part of Italian culture for centuries. Dance has been a continuous thread in Italian life from Dante through the Renaissance, the advent of the Tarantella, and the modern revivals of folk music and dance.


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Qualche mago, qualche fata
Cicerennella s’ha rubata
Uhe vaglione piccerilli
Vui avite da strilla?

Suone e cante
Aluche strille
Fin che s’aggiada trov
Cicerennella, Cicere, Cicerenne.

Cicerennella chi s’a pigliata,
Cicerennella, Cicerenne,
Cicerennella ca nun cesta.

Se nun te trovo, Cicerennella,
Cicerennella, Cicerenne,
Voglioca subito presto muri.

What witch, what fairy
Hast stolen my Cicerennella
And has left me
Alone and distressed?

Sing and shout
Loud and strong,
Perhaps we can find her.
Cicerennella, Cicere, Cicerenne.

Cicerennella, who is caught,
Cicerennella, Cicerenne,
Cicerennella, who is not here.

If I don’t find you, Cicerennella,
Cicerennella, Cicerenne,
I want you to die right now, quickly!


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