Italian is the closest of the Latin-based languages and more similar to Latin than French, Spanish, Portuguese or Romanian - standard Italian is regarded as that from Florence though there are many dialects throughout Italy.
There are 64 million speakers of Italian, mainly in Italy itself but also people in Switzerland, San Marino and Slovenia.
Italian has just 21 letters in its alphabet. A good knowledge of Italian is the most essential skill required.
Google Italy is the dominant search engine, with 95% market share.
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