Italian Culture in the World
Italian culture is one of the richest in the world. One could mention, art, architecture, cuisine, design, sports. As one can infer, Italians are a people who possess cultural wealth.
Italy was the place of birth of great civilizations, such as the Etruscan, the Romans, and the Greeks, who left their footprint deeply embedded in the evolution of Western culture. For example, art, philosophy, languages and politics are just a few of the many traces of Italy in today’s Western culture.
When one refers to Italian culture, one could talk about the arts, architecture, cuisine, design, music, opera and so on. The Tower of Pisa, the Colosseum, Venezia, are merely the tip of the iceberg of the distinctive architectural wonders in the country. Italian regions to the center and south of the country have been heavily influenced by Mediterranean culture.
Italy is perhaps a country that deserves to be considered a World Heritage Site as a whole. Let us remember that Italy ranks first on the UNESCO list as the country with the most World Heritage Sites. Its cultural influence since times immemorial, together with that of the Greek have shaped the West in more than one aspect, scientifically, philosophically, as well as artistically. In the Middle Ages, Italy was the birthplace of the Renaissance and until today, Italy has continued to be at the epicenter of art and literature. Let us, for instance, consider literary works by Dante, Castiglione Petrarch or Machiavelli. Or works of art by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, or even Donatello the acclaimed sculptor from Florence.
During the 20th century, Italy still managed to cultivate masters of contemporary film, despite the political instability, and, after World War II saw the emergence of Neorealism and names of the likes of Vittorini, Brancati, Morante, Pratolini, or Bassani, to name a few.