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In this section you will find the Italian Culture in Art and Artists, Cuisine, Music including Classical and Jazz, Movies and Celebrities, Sports, Biographies, Language, Literature, and Fashion.


Italian Gourmet Food

Selected Italian Gourmet Food online Whether you're looking for an authentic Italian extra-virgin olive oil, Parmigiano Reggiano, Aceto Balsamico, and perhaps a gift basket, igourmet.com carries the best Italian gourmet food, from cheese to cured meat including prosciutto, balsamic vinegar from Modena, pasta, condiments, coffee, sweets and much more. I've been...
Tintoretto - Paradise

Biography and art works of Tintoretto

Jacopo (Robusti) Tintoretto, born in 1518, was one of the greatest painters of the Venetian school and probably the last great painter of the Italian Renaissance. In his youth he was also called Jacopo Robusti, as his father had defended the gates of Padua in a rather robust way...
lingua italiana

Overview of the Italian Language

The standard Italian language is spoken by Italy's 60+ million residents. It is also a minority language in Austria and Switzerland, as well as in Libya, Somalia, and Ethiopia, which were once Italian colonies. However, Italian pronunciation varies greatly between regions. In Tuscany, for example, Italian speakers pronounce "c"...
roberto benigni

Biography of Roberto Benigni

Roberto Benigni is an Academy Award-winning Italian film and television actor, writer and director. He won an Oscar for Life is Beautiful (La Vita e' bella)

Biography and art works of Beato Fra Angelico

Fra Angelico, a Dominican friar, was perhaps the most important painter of Renaissance Florence.
flavours italy

Join Flavours Holidays to experience Italy

Flavours Holidays offers cooking, painting, Pilates, and singles holidays in Italy Trying an extraordinary type of vacations that veers away from the usual course, like cooking, painting or Pilates in Italy can sometimes be a scary move. But Flavours Holidays has a bit of a pedigree. Founded in 1998 it...

Useful tips to choose an Italian language course

You want to enroll in an Italian Language course? Read these tips. A language course is useful to learn and improve the language, but it is a fundamental tool to get in touch with local culture and understand people as well. If you have just arrived in Italy, you will probably...

American singers singing in Italian at Sanremo

Famous American singers at Sanremo We have collected some videos of American singers performing at the Sanremo Festival of the Italian Song held every year in Italy. Back in the 1960s many artists from abroad were called to participate in the competition. The same song was usually performed by an Italian...

Biography and art works of Giorgio Giorgione

Giorgio Giorgione was born Giorgio Barbarelli in Castelfranco in 1477. Very little is known about this master who died of the plague at the age of 34, but who changed the entire course of sixteenth-century Venetian painting. Only sixteen of his works have been definitely identified. This can perhaps be...

Cinema of Italy: The social and political movies

In this context, new directors continue and expand the work already started years before by directors like Francesco Rosi, whose film "Salvatore Giuliano" recounts the life of the famous Sicilian outlaw in 1961. Some of the most relevant movies are "Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni...
Italian suit

The Italian Suit

The suit that stood the test of time The Italian suit is the exact opposite of the English suit. Italians have always wanted to stand out through the way they dress, to express their personality and joie-de-vivre. It's no surprise to anyone that Italians have always had plenty to say in...
italian ingredients

Italian Pantry Essentials

Your pantry should be stocked with these essential Italian ingredients by E. Marsili My family's Italian pantry. Growing up in a small Italian seaside town, I was often asked by my mother or grand-mother to get on my bicycle and go shopping at their favorite Alimentari, a grocery store located 3...
paolo uccello - san romano battle

Biography and art works of Paolo Uccello

Paolo Uccello (born Paolo di Dono in 1397) was a Florentine painter who was notable for his pioneering work on visual perspective in art. His nickname Uccello came from his fondness for painting birds. With his precise, analytical mind he tried to apply a scientific method to depict objects...
learn italian with pimsleur

Learn Italian with Pimsleur

The Pimsleur Difference Italian Phase 1, Units 1-30 Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and reading booklet Italian is the official language of Italy and San Marino, and an official language of Switzerland, Croatia, and Slovenia. It is spoken by about 58 million...
vittorio de sica with sophia loren

Biography of Vittorio De Sica

Vittorio De Sica was one of the world's most influential filmmakers, and as an actor he starred in 150 movies, built a career that spanned half a century.
Umberto Boccioni - Elastic

Biography and art works of Umberto Boccioni

Umberto Boccioni, Futurist theoretician, painter, and sculptor, was born in 1882 in Reggio Calabria and was a graduate of the Technical Institute of Catania when he began to study art in Rome. His earliest work was romantic and strongly influenced by the floral arabesques of Art Nouveau. In 1901, Boccioni...

Cinema of Italy: The 1990s

During the 1990s, with great directors gone, a weakness in commercial success and the inability to create new genres, the Italian cinema production will go on with improvisation. Unfortunately, the prestige and international success of some of Italy's directors (among them Giuseppe Tornatore and Roberto Benigni), is not enough to...

Top Italian names for boys and girls

ISTAT, the official Italian Statistics Institute has released the 2015 top Italian names for baby boys and girls. Very little has changed from the previous year. For boys, Francesco seems to be the preferred name for most of Southern Italy while in the North Alessandro is more popular. For girls, names...

The Music of Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone has won the Oscar for scoring The Hateful Eight by Quentin Tarantino Ennio Morricone has composed about 500 scores, from "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" to "The Mission", "Cinema Paradiso", "Malena", and in 2015 "The Hateful Eight" for which he has finally won his first Oscar...
Gitto - The Lamentation

Biography and art works of Giotto di Bondone

Giotto di Bondone, the father of modern painting and one of the greatest figures in the history of Western art, was born in a small hamlet in the valley of the Mugello, twenty miles north of Florence in 1267. We know very little about him and his exact birthplace...

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