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.