Boot-shaped country (5)
I believe the answer is:
'boot-shaped country' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)
This is all the clue.
(Other definitions for italy that I've seen before include "Country shaped like a boot" , "Original member of the European Economic Community" , "Problematical (informal)" , "Europe's boot, home to the Mafia" , "Rome is its capital" .)