As markets become more globalized and economies more entwined, it's impossible to ignore the importance of investing in international stocks. Mutual funds, index funds, and exchange-traded funds have all combined to make your international choices simpler, quicker, and in many cases, more efficient.

But for many of you, investing in a passive index fund just isn't enough, because you're interested in country-specific stocks. You want to invest in companies on the ground -- not in a basket of companies in a mutual fund. Maybe you want direct exposure to Chinese agriculture, Spanish communications, or German banking -- and this is where you'll find it.

In a country-by-country rundown, we're taking a tour across the globe to find out which foreign stocks are traded on major U.S. indexes. Hopefully it will help you get going.

Today, we'll look at companies based in Italy.

Company

Industry

Market Cap

Recent Price

Eni (NYSE:E)

Integrated oil and gas

$36.7 billion

$50.74

Luxottica Group (NYSE:LUX)

Specialty retail

$11.7 billion

$25.59

Natuzzi (NYSE:NTZ)

Home furnishings

$177.1 million

$3.23

Telecom Italia (NYSE:TI)

Telecommunications

$20.9 billion

$16.11

Does not include stocks with market caps less than $100 million.

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Jordan DiPietro doesn't own any of the shares above. Natuzzi is a Motley Fool Global Gains selection. The Fool's disclosure policy got engaged in a small fishing village off the coast of Capri.