Italy is located on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe, and on the two largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily and Sardinia. Italy shares its northern Alpine boundary with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The independent states of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within the Italian Peninsula, while Campione d'Italia is an Italian exclave in Switzerland.

Italy has been the home of many European cultures, such as the Etruscans and the Romans, and later was the birthplace of the universities and of the movement of the Renaissance, that began in Tuscany and spread all over Europe. Italy's capital Rome was for centuries the center of Western civilization; it also spawned the Baroque movement and seats the Catholic Church. Italy possessed a colonial empire from the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century.

It has been featured in Tomb Raider II, Tomb Raider Chronicles and in the motion picture Lara Croft Tomb Raider.

Italy in Tomb Raider II

Venice is the set of Lara's adventure in Italy, in the second instalment in the Tomb Raider Series. In Venice Lara infiltrates Marco Bartoli's hideout. The levels provide the player with the first opportunity in the entire series to drive vehicles, in this case a motorboat. Additionaly, the level Opera House looks much like the real La Fenice opera house from Venice.

Italy encapsulates three levels in Tomb Raider II:

Italy in Tomb Raider Chronicles

In Tomb Raider: Chronicles Lara travels to the Italian capital, Rome, in search for the legendary Philosopher's Stone. Meanwhile she is constantly stalked by Pierre and Larson, enemies that were first seen in the original Tomb Raider. Lara eventually recovers the stone.

The Rome part of the game consists of three levels:

Italy in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Venice is once again the set of Italy's action, this time in the film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. However it plays a minor role, showing small scenes such as an Illuminaty meeting and anthor meeting between Lara Croft and Manfred Powell, both in exactly the same palce.

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