The Italian Republic, or Italy is a nation state in Western Europe. A democratic republic, it's a member of the European Communities, NATO and United Nations.
Italy's current prime minister is Silvio Berlusconi. The country is among the few Western European countries with a right-wing government, and is the biggest supporter of France in international politics.
The country's capital, Rome is also the location of the Vatican (The Holy See), central of the Roman Catholic church.