Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the European Space Agency (ESA) and features a look at northern Italy from the International Space Station.
The view includes the top half of the Italian Peninsula, along with Corsica and Sardinia off the coast.
This image was captured by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli on his third and final mission to the Space Station.
Northern Italy (Italian: Italia settentrionale or just Nord) is a geographical and cultural region in the northern part of Italy. Non-administrative, it consists of eight administrative Regions in northern Italy: Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. As of 2014, its population was 27,801,460. Rhaeto-Romance and Gallo-Italic languages are spoken in the region, as opposed to the Italo-Dalmatian languages spoken in the rest of Italy (the Venetian language is generally considered one of the Italo-Dalmatian languages; however, some publications define it as Gallo-Italic.
For statistic purposes, the Istituto Nazionale di Statistica (ISTAT) uses the terms Northwest Italy and Northeast Italy for two of Italy’s five statistical regions in its reporting. These same subdivisions are used to demarcate first-level Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS) regions (“NUTS 1 regions”) within the European Union, and the Italian constituencies for the European Parliament.
Image Credit: European Space Agency