we like to think of the USA as the Melting Pot, but to let
the truth be told, Italy is the original Melting Pot. That
kind of thing has been going on here for centuries, if not millennia.
Jutting out into
the Mediterranean ocean, Italy has a very central location. People
have come to the peninsula from all over. They have come from the
Africa to the south. They have come from the Middle East. They have
come from the many different European nations to the north. Italy's
central location has made it a logical hub for trade since Roman times.
(even earlier some would say) Additionally, It's central location
has made it a desirable military location.