Italy has much to offer in terms of language and culture, and Italians are very proud of both. No cultural overview of Italy is complete without touching upon the Literature, Fashion, Sports, Art and Opera of this beautiful country.
Here, you'll find links to websites that offer loads of information on all facets of Italian life and culture.
This is a comprehensive site dealing with Italian culture, history, demographics, etiquette, etc. If you need information that is slightly more academic in nature, this is the best website to get it from.
This is a history of Italian literature dealing with only the 13th and 14th centuries. These are the core years which established Italian as we know it as the language of the peninsula.
Here is a very comprehensive history of the Italian language, from more of a Catholic point of view. It is, in fact, impossible to study its origins without discussing St. Francis of Assisi, Savonarola and other ubiquitous religious personages.
This website is dedicated entirely to exploring the most popular work of Italian literature, as well as the book that kick-started the Italian language: Dante's Divine Comedy.
A good list of Italian sports cars which have become famous in Italy and abroad. Yes it includes Ferrari and and Maserati.
While soccer, Formula one and skiing may all come to mind when discussing Italian sports, bocce is still one of the biggest sports, practiced almost entirely by the older generations. Discover the history and the rules of this interesting sport right here.
This is a great introduction to Italian art. It features the pre-Roman origins (yes, the Etruscans were at it before the Romans) and continues to the modern day.
Are you interested in any specific artists in Italy? Then this is the website for you. From Masaccio to DaVinci to Michelangelo to Giotto to Raphael and more. It has a brief introduction to each artist.
Of course, you can always go more into depth. This website seems to be enamored with Handel, but it has excellent links, stories and videos of Italian opera.
This is a video of the history of Italian opera. Opera is, after all, best experienced live, but video is the next best medium. If you link to the videos on the sidebar you can get a very comprehensive history of Italian opera.
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