ITALIAN CULTURE

Italians are warm, welcoming people who enjoy sharing the pleasures of life with others: a comforting meal, an inspiring sunset, and yes...a clever joke.

Can you experience Italy without sharing a laugh, breaking bread or taking in the last rays of the day's light with an Italian friend?

Yes, but how much better to learn about Italian culture, traditions and history while building bridges of mutual understanding!

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"Una giornata senza riso una giornata sprecata." is a common proverb: "A day without laughter is a wasted day." Whether in a classroom or strolling streetside, the Italian people express an authenticity and passion unmatched the world over.

Italian culture has a rich history that includes art, classic architecture, popular traditions, and customs. Includes links to trends in Italy today as well as resources on folklore, history, and artistic traditions.

Festivals and holidays in Italy:
There is always a reason to celebrate in Italy, whether it's an historical event, religious holiday, or festival. There are many festivals and holidays in Italy, for example, Christmas (Il Natale), Easter (Buona Pasqua!), etc.

Dancing in Italy:
As in many countries, dancing is an important component of Italian culture. Once such dance, the Tarantella (Tarantula), originated in the Middle Ages, and is said to be probably the most recognized song of all the Italian folklore music.

Drink & food in Italy:
One of the most enjoyable ways to learn a language is over a meal or in a bar, chatting to native speakers. It is a good idea to brush up on your Italian skills for ordering food and drink prior to departure on holiday abroad. Learn to cook this delicious food with this list of Italian recipes.

Italian Literature:
There are a number of Italian texts, both classic and contemporary, that are must-reads for anyone interested in the history, culture, and language of Italy. Whether it's a trip to hell and back, a year's worth of love poems, or ribald, coarse humor during the plague, there's a tale for everyone.

Italian Fashion:
Italians way of dressing is changing, it's getting more and more relaxed as the years progress; or, so it seems. Because nothing, absolutely nothing, in fashion, is accidental. Certain restrictions of the 80's and 90's have fallen by the wayside. To many, this is a good thing.

Italian Recipes

Italian Recipes

The Italian cuisine is extremely diverse, considered to be one of the world's most refined cuisines.
Italian Literature

Italian Literature

Literature was shaped by specific historical traditions and a firmly circumscribed code of priorities, ecclesiastical and secular.
Italian Music

Italian Music

Italian music has a tradition of popular music, includes the traditional styles of each region and also covers a wide spectrum of instrumental music and opera.



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