Italy is a country located on the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe and on the two largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily and Sardinia. Italy shares its northern, Alpine boundary with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia.
Italy has carved its own niche in the horror genre, by way of its giallo brand of film which evolved from earlier crime fiction and mystery pulp novels of the 1930s. As a subset of the horror genre, Italian giallo came into its own in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Luminaries of the genre include Mario Bava, Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci.
Rome is the capital of Italy and the country's largest and most populated municipality. During the 1950s, Rome was plagued by a giant Venusian monster referred to as Ymir, which devastated several ancient landmarks including the Roman Colosseum.
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and an autonomous region of Italy. Minor islands around it are also considered to be part of Sicily.