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.

Italians are mostly of the Roman Catholic faith. This is no wonder since the country of the Vatican City is located in Rome. The Pope is highly praised by most all Italians even those who are from other countries usually Germany, Albania and North Africa. Although, most of the population is about 80 percent Italian.

Food is one of the greatest and most notable cultural gifts of Italy. It is marked by fresh foods, vegetables, meats and cheeses all prepared according to local customs. Food is the center of another Italian love – that is the love of family.

Italians have much love and respect for extended family members not just immediate ones. Italian culture offers the world tremendous gifts in food, music, art and architecture and it has shared that culture with the world for centuries.