Mountains of the Italian Peninsula – June 17th, 201041.8N 12.4E
Italy, located in south-central Europe, comprises the boot-shaped peninsula extending far into the Mediterranean Sea as well as Sicily (visible in the lower left corner), Sardinia, and a number of smaller islands. The capital is Rome (central west coast).
Italy has an area of 116,346 sq mi (301,336 sq km) and a population (2009 est.) of 60,325,000. More than three-fourths of the country is mountainous or highland country. The Alps stretch from east to west along Italy’s northern boundary, and the Apennines stretch southward the length of the peninsula. Most of the country’s lowlands lie in the valley of its major river, the Po (visible to the North upon opening the full image).