Italy, officially known as the Italian Republic, is located in south central Europe. Italy is a narrow peninsula with most of its territory located no more than two hours from at least one of its coastlines. It is one of the largest economies in the European Union, of which it is a founding and leading member. Long known as a global cultural center, Italy offers access to art, music, literature, philosophy, science, technology and fashion. Its exports include clothing and footwear, automobiles (including world-famous luxury brands such as Lamborghini and Ferrari), machinery and pharmaceuticals. Tourism also plays a major part in the Italian economy. It is one of the most visited countries in the world.