Italian is spoken by about 63 million people, in Italy, the Republic of San Marino, Vatican City,
the Swiss Canton Ticino, Slovenia and Croatia.
It is a language related to Latin, as are
French, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Romanian and Romansch.
Italian and English share a large number of words; Italian sounds like it is written, making it much easier to learn than English
and French which have irrational spelling conventions.
There are still many dialects in Italy, but almost everyone knows and speaks Standard Italian, even if it is with a regional accent.