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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.

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Top 10 Italian music videos

The top 10 Italian music videos in Italy featuring the most popular songs and Italian singers of the moment.
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Cinema of Italy: Pier Paolo Pasolini

A case apart from the cultural and cinematographic landscape of the times is Pier Paolo Pasolini, director, actor and author, who in his work showed an opposition to the morals of the times. A true anti-conformist, until his death (occurred under obscure circumstances in 1975) he never tired of fighting...
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Italian jazz

Italian Jazz has been popular since the early 20th Century Jazz may have its roots in the United States, but the genre has been wildly popular in Europe after it was introduced in the early 20th century. This is nowhere more true than in Italy, where cities like Rome, Turin,...
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Biography and art works of Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli was born in Florence in 1445. The most humanistic of the Renaissance painters, he was at first apprenticed to a goldsmith. He became, in 1465, a pupil of Fra Filippo Lippi's, and remained with him for about two years. It is believed that he later worked with...
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Honey (Miele) by Valeria Golino

Synopsis Irene lives alone on the coastline outside Rome. To her father and her married lover, she’s a student. In reality, she often travels to Mexico where she can legally buy a powerful barbiturate. Working under the name of Miele ("Honey"), her clandestine job is to help terminally-ill people to die...
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Cinema of Italy: Animation

The pioneer of Italian animation has been Francesco Guido, better known as "Gibba". In 1946 he produced his first animated movies for the Italian cinema: "L'ultimo sciuscià" with neorealist undertones and in the following years "Rompicollo" and "I picchiatelli" in cooperation with Antonio Attanasi. In the 1970s, after...
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Italian cuisine or Italian-American cuisine?

Authentic Regional Italian Cuisine or American-Italian Cuisine? You Decide! When thinking of Italian cuisine, one may think of hearty soups and even heartier plates of pasta. However, the varying regions in Italy offer a variety of specialty foods that are highly dependent on their climate and local culture. Some of...
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Art of Italian Jewelry

Creativity abounds in Italy, so it's no wonder why Italian jewelry designers create some of the most amazing and unique pieces in the entire world.
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Images, photos and posters of Italy

Italian Images, featuring beautiful landscapes of Italy from the Amalfi Coast to Venice Italy features some of the most breathtaking views in the world. From magnificent architecture found in Florence, Rome and Venice, to the beautiful landscape of Tuscany or the coastline along the Amalfi coast and the Italian Riviera,...
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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...
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Biography and art works of Il Bronzino

Agnolo di Cosimo di Mariano, called Il Bronzino, was born in 1503 in Monticello, outside Florence. He was first a student of, and then assistant to, Jacopo Pontormo, one of the founders of Florentine Mannerism. Pontormo, after studies with Andrea del Sarto, was influenced by Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Durer, and...
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Biography and art works of Masaccio

Tommaso di Giovanni di Simone, known as Masaccio, was not only the greatest Florentine painter of the early fifteenth century, but remains one of the most important figures in the history of Western art. In only a few brief years, he created the early Renaissance style of painting. Masaccio was...
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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...
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Italian movies and cinema of Italy

The earliest known Italian film is a brief 1896 documentary from director Filoteo Alberini. This lost work depicted Florence's king and queen in action. In 1905, Alberini directed "La Presa di Roma," the nation's first non-documentary, a drama about Italian unification set in 1870. During the 1910s, Italian directors began...
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Italian Fashion Designers

Italian Fashion Designers Italian fashion designers have been preeminent in the world even before Italy became a united country. All one has to do is look at the sumptuous garments worn by the sitters in such portraits as Raphael's paintings of the Donis or Titian's Portrait of a Bearded Man....
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FLOS: The Art of Italian Lighting

The most beautiful Italian lighting available in US Perhaps you've seen beautiful Italian lighting such as floor lamps, chandeliers, table lamps on a TV show (the floor lamp Arco in Modern Family), or in a movie, or in an upscale lighting store. Most of those lamps are made by an Italian...
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Italian classical music

An Extended Look into Italian Classical Music and Opera For many centuries, Italian classical music has been the center of music in Europe. The types of romantic melodies that are known to have been created in this area of the world are still important pieces of Italian classical music heard...
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Cinema of Italy: Authors from 1950s to 1970s

It is useless to classify a movie genre so deeply tied to their authors, a genre that began to develop during that decade and virtually ended with the death of Fellini in the early 1990s. Michelangelo Antonioni (with movies like "Le amiche", "Il grido" and the trilogy "L'avventura" in 1960,...
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How Technology Can Transform Your Italian Language Skills

Learning Italian is a popular choice. With over 60 million speakers around the world and several countries in which it is dominant, this is a language that is really in demand. But how can technology help you? Is picking up an e-book or a newspaper written in Italian the...
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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...

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How Technology Can Transform Your Italian Language Skills

Learning Italian is a popular choice. With over 60 million speakers around the world and several countries in which it is dominant, this is...

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