Welcome to Destination ItalyCulture - Introduction


Language: Italian
Location: Southern Europe (Boot Shaped)
Capital: Rome
Religion: Predominately Roman Catholic
Government: Republic

Culture Contributions:
  • The Renaissance period of Europe began in Italy during the 14th and 15th centuries. Italian art and literature had a lasting influence on the subsequent development of Western civilization, with the poetry of Petrarch, Ariosto and Tasso and prose of Castiglione, Boccaccio and Machiavelli, as well as the painting, sculpture and architecture contributed by artists such as da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Fra Angelica, including great, much loved works of arts like Leonardo's Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, Michelangelo's paintings in the Sistine chapel and his sculptures of David and the Pieta to name a few.

  • The musical influence of Italian composers such as Palestrina, Monteverdi and Vivaldi proved highly significant; in the 19th century, composers like Giuseppe Verdi, Gioacchino Rossini and Giacomo Puccini helped Italian romantic opera to flourished. Contemporary Italian artists, architects, writers, composers, filmmakers and designers contribute significantly to Western culture.

  • Italian cuisine has become world renowned, with pizza, spaghetti, and tiramisu finding its place on the plates of food lovers worldwide.



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