Concept

Southern Italy

Summary
Southern Italy (Sud Italia ˈsud iˈtaːlja or Italia meridionale iˈtaːlja meridjoˈnaːle; 'o Sudde; Italia dû Suddi), also known as Meridione (meriˈdjoːne) or Mezzogiorno (meddzoˈdʒorno; Miezojuorno; Menzujornu; Midday) is a macroregion of Italy consisting of its southern regions. The term Mezzogiorno today refers to regions that are associated with the people, lands or culture of the historical and cultural region that was once politically under the administration of the former Kingdoms of Naples and Sicily (officially denominated as one entity Regnum Siciliae citra Pharum and ultra Pharum, i.e. "Kingdom of Sicily on the other side of the Strait" and "across the Strait") and which later shared a common organization into Italy's largest pre-unitarian state, the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. The island of Sardinia, which had neither been part of said region nor of the aforementioned polity and had been under the rule of the Alpine House of Savoy that would eventually annex the Bourbon-led
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