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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.


Italy Museums and Historic Sites

Few countries can claim as extensive a heritage of artistic expression. To experience Italy's art firsthand is to touch the soul of the country. From archeological sites to architecture, museums and galleries, you will discover the many ways Italy's craftsmen and artists have articulated their passion over thousands of...

Le Arti at Festa Italiana Seattle

An Art show of works about Italy at Festa Italiana Seattle Festa Italiana Seattle is pleased to announce its latest event taking place on September 24-26 2016, inviting all artists to participate with works about Italy to be exposed in the grounds of the Space Needle in Seattle for the...
School of Athens by Raphael

Biography and art works of Raffaello Sanzio (Raphael)

Raphael, the last of the three greatest painters of the Renaissance, was born Raffaello Sanzio in Urbino, in the province of Umbria in 1483. It is probable that he took his first lessons from his father, a provincial painter named Giovanni di Santi, before going to Florence, where by...

Italian recipes from italianfoodforever.com

Italian Recipes from Italian Food Forever Blog from Italian Food Forever Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato, & Ginger Soup {Immune Boosting}   We have now been back in the states for two weeks, and although I do miss the local outdoor markets we visited weekly in Umbria, there are some perks to shopping for...
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...

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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Aquazzura, Ivanka Trump and Wild Thing Shoes

Aquazzura footwear is imitated by many Perhaps you've heard that lately Ivanka Trump and Marc Fisher were sued by Aquazzura for copying the design of one of their most famous shoes, called Wild Thing Shoe. I looked at the two versions and it's clear to me that they indeed copied the original...
Raoul Bova

Style Icon: Raoul Bova

Italy is known for its sartorial history - and there's no doubt about it. If you ever see a picture taken in the street, where everyone, without any exception, is stylish, rest assured that picture was taken in Italy. But what if you're looking for some Italian inspiration that doesn't...
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"...

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
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)
Alessandro Manzoni

Italian Literature: Classicism and Romanticism

Liberation and unification had been a hope of Italian writers since the 13th century. At that time nationalism had been manifested, among other ways, by the development of an Italian literary language. The hope of liberation was stimulated further by the French Revolution, which released a fervent nationalism throughout...

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...

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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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...
Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco’s Death is a Great Loss for the Literary World

Umberto Eco: A Giant of Italian Literature Today, February 19th 2016, at the age of 84, Umberto Eco has passed away. Umberto Eco was a Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist. He became famous around the world in 1980 for his groundbreaking novel "The Name of The Rose" which was...

Biography and art works of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Gianbattista Tiepolo, as a youth, was apprenticed to Gregorio Lazzarini, a mediocre but fashionable painter known for his elaborately theatrical, rather grandiose compositions. Tiepolo soon evolved a more spirited style of his own. By the time he was 20, he had exhibited his work independently, and won plaudits, at an...
Giuseppe Zanotti

The World of Giuseppe Zanotti

Who is Giuseppe Zanotti? Giuseppe Zanotti was born in 1957 in the region of Emilia Romagna, and became famous in the eighties when he launched his line of footwear. After acquiring a shoe factory near his hometown of Rimini, he took a big chance by establishing his own style, not only...

Sports in Italy

Popular sports in Italy Read all the latest Sport news from Italy Shop ITALIA Soccer Jerseys and gear Many sports are played in Italy today, here's a short list Soccer Perhaps the most popular sport in the world is also the most popular in Italy as well. The Italian national team has won the World...

Cinema of Italy: Cinecittà & monopoly (1937-1939)

Mussolini approved the project and an area South-East of Rome was selected and after two years of building, on April 21st 1937, he participated at the inauguration of Cinecittà, with a new slogan "Cinematography is the strongest weapon". Cinecittà was conceived like Hollywood, with everything a film maker could desire...

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