Snooki to invade Italy

MTV has ordered a fourth season of its monster hit "Jersey Shore" -- and, by the way, declared war on Italy, where production will begin this spring.

"Going beyond the East Coast beachfront culture MTV viewers turned into a television phenomenon, America’s most talked-about housemates are leaving the boardwalk behind for the piazzas of Italy," said the network in a release this afternoon. "Poised to get their G.T.L. on abroad, ready to drop in on Vinny’s family for a famous Guadagnino dinner and excited to trade gorillas for Italian stallions, this wacky and dysfunctional family is about to turn 'the beautiful country' upside down."

As if Europe doesn't have enough problems.

Sure, Italy survived visits by the cast and crew of "The Sopranos" -- not to mention "Everybody Loves Raymond" -- but will it survive Snooki?

Come to think of it, will the too-often drunk and disorderly "reality" star even be allowed in the country by the time they're ready to shoot?