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Italian People, History, and Culture

Updated on April 13, 2010

Italians are famous for many things including fashion, romance, food, and their ability at soccer. Italian people and culture are rich in a history that includes art, classic architecture (like classic Italian villas), traditions and customs. When you look at the history of Italy, it is amazing to see how much their people have contributed to the rest of mankind. On top of that, the culture in Italy today is still as rich and beautiful as it always has been.

Italy is known worldwide for its history, culture, literature, cuisine, and art. Italy historically has been known for its talented people who have excelled in all fields from the family of Medici to the infamous vocals of Pavarotti. Many famous Italian people have come from Italy; among one of the most famous is Marco Polo. Marco Polo was a 13th century trader most known for his accomplishment of being the first person from Europe to visit China. He also is known for meeting the grandson of Genghis Khan. Durante Degli Alighieri, known as Dante, is one of the most famous poets of his lifetime. Dante lived in Florence and his most famous work is The Divine Comedy. His work is thought to be the greatest literature from the medieval period. One of the most famous discoverers from Italy is Christopher Columbus, someone we are all familiar with.

Art is one of the products Italy is most famous for. Donatello is one of the most famous artists of the fourteenth century from this country. He was a sculptor and artist and to this day his work remains unparalleled. Italy is also known for its history of literature. One Italian person famous for his work on philosophy, poetry and music is Leone Battista Alberti. He is also famous because he was the first to study scientific perspective. Leonardo Da Vinci was also famous for his paintings of Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. He was also known as an inventor, sculptor, and anatomist. Michelangelo is also named among the famous Italian people. His famous works include the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and the dome of St. Peterís Bascilla in Rome. Raphael was a master painter and well known for his renowned work the Madonna and Child. Galileo an amazing scientist, Vibaldi the baroque music composer, and Mussolini the political leader are also among the many famous Italian people of history.

The Mona Lisa by Leonardo
The Mona Lisa by Leonardo

Another big part of Italian culture is their cuisine. Italian people enjoy eating many different types of food, but their main diet consists of pasta, salads, and different types of meat, which include chicken, beef, and fish. Italy is also the biggest exporter of wine in the world, and they are famous for their vineyards worldwide. It is very typical for Italians to drink wine with their food, and finish off with a cappuccino.

Religion is a very important part of the Italian People and culture. The most dominant religion in Italy is Roman Catholicism. This comes from the history of the Roman Catholic Church in Italy, and it remains the world's largest Christianity center. The faith of this religion represents over half of all Christians and one sixth of the population of the world. Rome, the capital Italy is the home of the Vatican. The majority of the history of the Roman Catholic Church is based in Italy, and it has had a major impact on the rest of the world.

Soccer is also a very major part of Italian culture. They have won four FIFA world cup trophies, second only to Brazil who has one five. On top of that, the Italian Soccer League is one of the most respected leagues in the world, including famous teams like A.C. Milan and A.S. Roma.

Italy is also home of some of the most famous fashion designers in the world. Some of the most famous names in fashion from Italy include Dolce and Gabbana, Versace, Diesel, Prada, and Armani. The city of Milan is one of the four fashion capital cities of the world, and celebrities are spotted there all the time. Many famous celebrities are also spotted visiting the Italian Lakes.

Overall, Italy is truly an amazing place. Their history has impacted the rest of the world in such a dramatic way, and it continues to be a source of much influence to this day.  If you are planning to travel through Italy, be sure to check out great Italian Traveling tips.  

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      Ti Amo Mio Belllo Tropppo 

      7 years ago

      Com ESTA?? Ti AMO too mio Fidanzato!!!!! x0x0x0x im currently engageed to my GORGEOUS ITALIAN FIDAZATO WE HAVE BEEN FRIENDS FOR 18 YRS!! HE IS THE BEST EVER AMO ITAly

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      Cook Italian Food 

      7 years ago

      A great all around look at Italy and what makes Italy what it is today. Thanks for the informative post.

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      8 years ago

      Italian's History is very interesting

    • infoguider profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      I have dated Italian women before, and I'll tell ya, its something else! :)

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      8 years ago

      I have a slight bias for all things Italian - my beautiful other halves family come from there!

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      8 years ago

      a beautiful country and weather! (it's been raining here for a couple of weeks non-stop- wish I was in Italy)

    • infoguider profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      My bias for Italy comes from when I did study abroad there for 4 months in Rome - AMAZING!!!

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      Kori Lee F.P. 

      8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      I agree- we take so much for granted and it comes from Italy- plus the people are amazing. A great bunch of working-class heartful people. I am married to one-sort of bias.


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