Italy Cultural Information

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The following resources will help you prepare mentally for your study abroad experience! The more you learn about your host destination pre-departure, the richer your experience will be!
 

Italy Official Travel Guide

Culture Gram

Local News

Television and Films

Recommended Readings

  • Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio by Amara Lakhous
  • Brava, Valentine By Adriana Trigiani
  • The Solitude of Prime Numbers By Paolo Giordano
  • The Prague Cemetery  By Umberto Eco
  •  In the Sea There are Crocodiles: Based on the True Story of Enaiatollah Akbari By Fabio Geda

 

 

 

Music

Cultural Activities

  • Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi)
  • Cinque Terre
  • Uffizi Gallery (Galleria Degli Uffizi)
  • Sassi di Matera 
  • Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra)

 

Recommended Websites

 

 

Common Italian Cuisine

  • Spumoni
  • Mortadella
  • Seppioline in umido
  • Prosciutto di Parma 
  • Chiacchiere

 

Prominent Italian Figures

Mario Barwuah Balotelliis an Italian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club Milan and the Italy national team. He started his professional football career at Lumezzane and played for the first team twice before having an unsuccessful trial at FC Barcelona, and subsequently joining Internazionale in 2007. Inter manager Roberto Mancini brought Balotelli into the first team, but when Mancini left, Balotelli's disciplinary record fell away. He had a strained relationship with new manager José Mourinho and was suspended from Inter's first team in January 2009 after a number of disciplinary problems.

Andrea Angel Bocelli, is an Italian tenor, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Born with poor eyesight, he became blind at the age of twelve following a football accident.

 

Federico Fellini was an Italian film director and scriptwriter. Known for a distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque images, he is considered one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century, and is widely revered. He won five Academy Awards, becoming the person who won the highest number of Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film in history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Politics

Giorgio Napolitano is an Italian politician who has been the 11th President of Italy since 2006. He is the longest-serving President in the history of the Italian Republic. The media often refer to him as Re Giorgio

Camillo Paolo Filippo Giulio Benso, Count of Cavour, of Isolabella and of Leri , generally known as Cavour was a leading figure in the movement toward Italian unification. He was the founder of the original Liberal Party and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia, a position he maintained (except for a six-month resignation) throughout the Second Italian War of Independence and Garibaldi's campaigns to unite Italy. After the declaration of a United Kingdom of Italy, Cavour took office as Italy's first Prime Minister; he died after only three months in office, and thus did not live to see Venetia or Rome as part of the new Italian nation.

Giuseppe Garibaldi was an Italian general and politician. He is considered, with Camillo Cavour, Victor Emmanuel II and Giuseppe Mazzini, as one of Italy's "fathers of the fatherland". Garibaldi was a central figure in the Italian Risorgimento, since he personally commanded and fought in many military campaigns that led eventually to the formation of a unified Italy. He was appointed general by the provisional government of Milan in 1848, General of the Roman Republic in 1849 by the Minister of War, and led the Expedition of the Thousand on behalf and with the consent of Victor Emmanuel II. He has been called the "Hero of Two Worlds" because of his military enterprises in Brazil, Uruguay and Europe.

Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini was an Italian politician, journalist and leader of the National Fascist Party, ruling the country as Prime Minister 1922 to his ousting in 1943. He ruled constitutionally until 1925, when he dropped all pretense of democracy and set up a dictatorship that ruled the country until 1943, Known as Il Duce ("the leader"), Mussolini was one of the key figures in the creation of fascism.

Victor Emmanuel II (Vittorio Emanuele Maria Alberto Eugenio Ferdinando Tommaso) was king of Sardinia from 1849 until, on 17 March 1861, he assumed the title King of Italy to become the first king of a united Italy since the 6th century, a title he held until his death in 1878. The Italians gave him the epithet Father of the Homeland (Italian: Padre della Patria).

 

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