Cultural Info: Italy

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The writer Bram Stoker, who became world-famous for his character Count Dracula, was from Dublin. The story itself was inspired by the Irish legend of Abhartach. Click here if you want to read the full story.

Italy is founding member of the European Union (EU) and the NATO.

The highest peak in Europe is in Italy. Monte Bianco (White Mountain) is 15,771 feet high and is part of the Alps.

Ireland is referred to as the "snakeless" land. In fact, since the island does not have any connection to mainland Europe (differently from Great Britain), there are no snakes on the island. The legend says that, in the 5th century A.D., St. Patrick exterminated all the snakes by driving them into the sea.

Italians claim to have taught the rest of Europe how to cook. Italy is responsible for introducing the world to ice cream (via the Chinese), coffee, and fruit pies. In addition to Belgium and France, Italy also claims to have made the first French fries. The first Italian cookbook was written in 1474 by Bartolomeo Sicci.

The festivity of Halloween has Gaelic origins, from the festival of Samhain, a harvest which was held on October 31 and marked the end of summer. Later in the Middle Ages, this festivity merged with the day of All Saints, November 1st, creating Halloween.

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Page last modified January 24, 2020