Northern Renaissance: nation-states Italy: city-states Northern: strongly influenced by church Italy: less influenced by church Northern: began after Italy Italy: began before Northern Northern: focused on bible, church Italy: focused on classics (Greek/Roman)
The early development of Rome was influenced firstly by its location. It had hills for safety, a river that took them to the sea and it had easy access to the interior of Italy via the ford on the Tiber. Culturally early Rome was influenced both by the Etruscans and the Greeks from southern Italy.
Although Italy is only a fraction of the size of Australia in area, it has a much larger population. The population of Italy in 2015 is about 61 million, whilst the population of Australia is 23.5 million.