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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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Italian Proverbs

An extensive list of Italian proverbs in Italian and translated into English with book references. Popular Italian Proverbs A A cane scottato l 'acqua fredda pare calda. English equivalent: A burnt child dreads the fire. Mawr, E.B. (1885). Analogous Proverbs in Ten Languages. p. 2. A chi bene crede, Dio provvede. English...
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Biography and art works of Donatello

Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi (c. 1386 – December 13, 1466), better known as Donatello, was an early Renaissance sculptor from Florence. He studied classical sculpture, and used this to develop a fully Renaissance style in sculpture, whose periods in Rome, Padua and Siena introduced to other parts...
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Italian Literature: The Renaissance

The Renaissance reached its fulfillment in the 16th century. Italian, long eclipsed by the humanists’ preoccupation with Greek and Latin, rose to a new and conscious dignity as a medium of serious literary expression. Pietro Bembo, who exercised tremendous influence in the first half of the century, contributed greatly...
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Biography of Marcello Mastroianni

Marcello Mastroianni was an Italian actor made famous by the movies of Fellini such as La Dolce Vita and 8½. Mastroianni had a long acting career in Italy.
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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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Italian movie award winners

Click on IMDB (Internet Movie Database) to read about the movie Academy Awards - Oscars 1957 - Winner: La Strada (IMDB) 1958 - Winner: Le Notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria) (IMDB) 1959 - Nominated: I Soliti Ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street) (IMDB) 1959 - Nominated: La strada lunga un anno (Road a...
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Video animation of Mount Vesuvius eruption that destroyed Pompeii in 79AD

A Day in Pompeii The terrifying re-enactment of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, 79AD and final obliteration of Pompeii by the pyroclastic flow the next morning will give you an idea of what most likely it has been in reality. I recommend watching this video in full...
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Top Italian Music Artists

A list of best-selling Italian music artists that have sold 100 million records or more Italy has produced some of the most famous singers, first and foremost opera singers like Luciano Pavarotti, and pop singers such as Mina, Adriano Celentano, and Patty Pravo. According to a study that involved collecting data...
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Biography and art works of Bernardino Luini

(1475 - 1532) Bernardino Luini was a North Italian painter from Leonardo's circle, a conservative painter who took "as much from Leonardo as his native roots enabled him to comprehend". Consequently many of his works were attributed to Leonardo. Both Luini and Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio were said to have...
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Top Italian Movies of all time

A list of the top Italian movies of all time in USA rated by users, from Italian comedy to drama, Italian neorealism and western, horror, suspense and thriller.
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Italian Sunglasses for Women

Listen up girls! Oversized sunglasses are a must and we have some Italian sunglasses chosen just for you for this spring and summer, and fall... The following Italian sunglasses for women were chosen from a selection by Sunglass Hut, which is owned by Luxottica, the largest manufacturer of Italian sunglasses...
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Italian Phrases

Learning basic conversation in Italian can open doors to truly immerse yourself into the language Someone could argue that before starting to learn and speak Italian phrases one should need to learn proper grammar. Italian is no exception. And there are many, many rules and irregular verbs, and so on....
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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 Literature: The Foreign Influence

Italy, beginning in the late 15th century, was exhausted by constant wars as rival Spanish, French, and Austrian rulers made the country their battleground. At the same time, world trade was shifting from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, causing an economic decline in Italy. The once free-spirited,...
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Biography of Alberto Sordi

Alberto Sordi aka Albertone, was a beloved Italian actor and film director. He was also the voice of Oliver Hardy in the Italian version of the Laurel&Hardy
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Biography and art works of Michelangelo Buonarroti

Michelagniolo di Lodovico di Lionardo di Buonarroti Simone was born in Caprese in Tuscany in 1475. The son of a civil servant, he attended Latin School and then studied painting in the workshop of the Ghirlandaio brothers and sculpture with Bertoldo, a formal pupil of Donatello. Michelangelo's early training...
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Cinema of Italy: The Italian comedy movies

The movie won an Oscar in 1963 for best original screenplay. In this new genre, we can recall names of the main Italian actors of the times, from Alberto Sordi to Ugo Tognazzi, from Monica Vitti to Claudia Cardinale, from Vittorio Gassman to Nino Manfredi, not to mention Totò...
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Andrea Bocelli: A voice for all ages

Best selling albums and DVDs by Andrea Bocelli Part of Andrea Bocelli's success is due to the fact that he can sing opera and pop songs with ease. Andrea became famous at Sanremo Festival when, for the first time, he sang "Con te partirò", a lovely romantic song that really...
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The Most Beautiful Italian Songs

We have gathered some of the most beautiful Italian songs from the early 1960s up to recent times. You might recognize familiar artist names such as Mina, Adriano Celentano, and so on. It's difficult sometimes to choose a single songs by such artists, who have produced many beautiful Italian songs,...
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Biography and art works of Marino Marini

Marino Marini was born in Pistoia in 1901. He began his fine arts career in Florence, where he studied painting, graphic techniques and sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti. Between 1929 and 1940, Marini taught at the art school in Monza. He was made Professor of Sculpture at...

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Italian Proverbs

An extensive list of Italian proverbs in Italian and translated into English with book references. Popular Italian Proverbs A A cane scottato l 'acqua fredda pare...

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