Comitato Culturale

Italian Culture in the 21st Century

Facets of Italian Culture

Italian culture is marked by food, architecture, art, music and, perhaps most important of all, family. In Italy, almost the entire population is fully Italian although there is a small percentage of other ethnicities including German, North African, and Albanian.

Most Italians speak the Italian language which is the country’s native language. This language is spoken in various dialects around the country. In the island of Sicily, the native people speak with a Sicilian dialect.

Italians are mostly Roman Catholic and have a tremendous respect and focus on the family. Around these gatherings is food which is served in large portions and makes use of all manner of local produce, cheeses, and meats.

In the West, many people think of family in a nuclear, two-point-five children manner. In Italy, it is meant to encompass the entire extended family from grandparents to uncles and cousins.

The Vatican City which is its own country within Italy clearly influences the culture. The Pope is revered highly by Italians who are about 90 percent Catholic. (more…)

Hallmarks of Italian Culture

Italy has provided the world with fantastic art, music, architecture and of course, food. In Italy, the culture is fueled by almost an entirely Italian population although there are other ethnicities that fill out the population. These include Germans, Albanians, and North Africans.

Religion is a big part of the culture with most Italians subscribing to the Roman Catholic faith. This faith spills over into the love and respect of family. Italians enjoy relationships with more than just the immediate family members and tend to make an effort to keeping up relationships with grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.

Almost all Italians speak the Italian language but most of them speak it in various dialects depending on where they live. For instance, Sicilians speak with a Sicilian dialect and Napolitanos speak in their own dialect.

Italians have gifted the world with their influence on art, music and architecture. The most famous buildings are the Coliseum and the leaning Tower of Pisa. They are known for the Roman style, Neoclassical style and Baroque or Renaissance styles of architecture.

The most famous artists are Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raphael and Donatello to name a few. The most famous work of art exists today in the Vatican City. Michelangelo’s 1508 Sistine Chapel ceiling is still a marvel that attracts tourists from around the world. It is believed to have taken him several years to complete the work oftentimes lying on his back.

Italy is also the birthplace of opera and many famous composers include Vivaldi, Rossini, and Verdi. Today’s most popular Italian composer is Ennio Morricone who has spread his elements of the culture all the way to Hollywood.

Italian culture is marked by the manner in which people related to one another. In public, it is impolite not to look someone in the eyes when speaking with them. It means you are hiding something.

Italy’s Cultural Gifts

Italy is home to some of the world’s greatest artists like Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and Raphael. Michelangelo’s most famous work today on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City. It took him about four years from 1508 to 1512 to complete this magnificent image. Artists around the world have been impressed by the Italians.

Its culture also brought great music into creation. Composers like Verdi and Vivaldi impress listeners to this day. Visitors to Rome are still amazed at Italian architecture in the form of the remains of the Coliseum.

Perhaps the greatest evidence of Italian culture is the way Italians behave with one another in public. They freely kiss, hug and when talking they insist on making eye contact. Fail to do this and you are thought to be hiding secrets.

Italians are also highly influenced by the work they do. If you work with your hands you are thought to be less than those who work using paper and pens or computers. (more…)

Take The Opportunity To Enjoy A Piece Of Italian Culture

Do you feel like you get a sense of Italian culture when you taste a great piece of pizza or enjoy some nice authentic Italian food? Maybe you’re related to someone that is Italian or you have an Italian friend. There is a certain Italian restaurant and pizzeria a block away from my condo on the boulevard. It was run by an Italian family who sold it to another family who runs it the same way. That is how I get my piece of Italian culture.

I always said that if I were to visit another foreign country, Italy would be at the top of the list. It is a country with picturesque scenery, the best architecture, a great history and much more. What do you know about Italian culture and the country of Italy? One thing you should be familiar with but may need a reminder about is the fact that Italian culture has everything to do with family.

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Italian Culture: What Is It All About?

The Italian culture is one that is deeply rooted in family, arts, food, music, and architecture. Italy is actually the home of the Roman Empire, one of the Renaissance’s major centers, and has a culture that has flourished for hundreds of years. As you consider what makes up the Italian culture, read on to learn more.

One of the most important parts of Italy’s culture is family. And when it comes to an Italian family, it reaches much further than their nuclear family of mom, dad, and children. Their idea of family is cousins, aunts, uncles, and everyone in between. They enjoy regular family gatherings.

Another important part of the culture is their religion, Roman Catholicism. The heart of the religion is located in Rome where the Pope lives. Nearly 90 percent of Italy’s population is Roman Catholic, although a lot of them don’t practice the religion.

Architecture is a big part of the Italian culture. Some of the styles that started in the country are Baroque, Neoclassical, and Renaissance. Some of the world’s most famous structures are actually in Italy. The Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Colosseum are both in the country.

The country is also very art-centered. There are many famous museums in Rome, Venice, and Florence. Art can also be seen in many of the public buildings and churches.

Opera is another form of art that is deeply rooted in Italy’s culture. The country regularly hosts performances and many professional opera singers come from Italy. Also, many important operas were written in Italy.

In conclusion, the Italian culture is one that can be traced back many centuries. The art, the architecture, the religion, the huge family unit, and the music is quite an important part of the country and the culture of Italians.

Hello and thanks for stopping

Hi there! My name is Angela and I love Italian culture. My dream is to spend my honeymoon there and “forget” to come back! I totally want to live there, on the Mediterranean, then jet off to Rome, and maybe tour wine country.

Anyhow, I wanted to write this blog to see what Italian culture is like, so I researched a lot and have a lot to say! I hope you enjoy it and maybe learn some things too. Love ya! -A