Italy is a town in Ellis County, Texas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 1,863,down from 1,993 at the 2000 census.According to the United States Census Bureau, Italy has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), all of it land.
Italy was originally founded in 1879 by settlers who found the surrounding land suitable for growing cotton, corn, sweet potatoes, and wheat. The Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad reached Italy in 1890, with the railroad stop making the town an important market center. The population grew steadily, from 1,061 in 1900 to 1,500 in 1925, until the Great Depression sparked a decline lasting over three decades. The town began to see economic and population growth again in the 1970s.