Italy is a European country located in the Mediterranean Sea. Italy has a thriving history of the Roman Empire which left some of the most iconic landmarks in the world, such as the Colosseum and the Forum Romanum. Geniuses, such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, formed the Italian culture. The Age of Discovery would not be so significant without explorers such as Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus. The special elongated 'Boot'-shape of the country also leads to a diverse climate and vegetation from North to South.