The two largest islands that belong to Italy are Sicily and Sardinia. The largest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna, is located in Sicily. Sardinia is known for its exquisite beaches.
Sicily and Sardinia are located off the west coast of the Italian mainland peninsula. The peninsula is noted for its boot-like shape. They are both popular travel spots for foreigners.
The mainland of Italy shares its borders with Slovenia, France, Austria and Switzerland. The entire country, including its islands, covers a land and water area of over 300,000 miles. Islands smaller than Sicily and Sardinia are part of Italy. Some of them were created by volcanic activity.