Updated: 5 September 2016.
History & Timeline of Italy
Here is a brief timeline of important events that have shaped the country; the focus here will be geared towards recent events (from 100 years ago or so), located towards the bottom, but we’ll begin with more ancient events first.
Mt. Vesuvius Erupts
Flavius Odoacer Becomes First King of Italy
Charlemagne Becomes King of Lombards
Napoleon Occupies Rome
Napoleon occupies Rome, exiles the Pope Pius VII, seizes the Papal art collections for the Louvre in Paris.
Italy Joins Allies During World War I
Mussolini Forms Government
Lateran Treaty Creates Vatican City
Italy Invades Ethiopia
Subsequently banned from League of Nations.
Mussolini Creates Rome-Berlin Axis with Nazi Germany
Albania is Occupied
Italian Start of WWII
Italy invades Greece from occupied Albania.
Italian Republic is Formed
Italy Joins United Nations
Italy is Founding Member of EEC
The European Economic Community is the European Union predecessor.
Summer Olympics in Rome
Italy Accepted into Eurozone
Italy Begins Using the Euro
The Euro replaces the lira.