Italy is one of the cradles of Western civilization and, as such, its past and present blend into an impressive array of history and cultural expressions found in every aspect of its people and in every corner of the country. Some of Italy’s landmarks and locations are known around the world, such as the cities of Rome, Florence, Pisa, the beauty of the Dolomites, and the incredible architecture and artwork. Indeed, Italy has long exerted a huge influence on art, history, cuisine, music and fashion, and continues to do so to today.
Because of its rich past and present, Italy is one of the most visited countries in the world and the country, with more World Heritage sites than any other. Aside from its fascinating places to visit, the many traditions and delicious cuisine draw just as much attention from visitors. This is hardly surprising, as Italian food is one of the most popular ethnic cuisines in the world.
Italy is also the country where most Italian speakers in the world can be found. That said, “Standard” Italian is actually one of the many different varieties of the language currently spoken in Italy and is based on the Florentine dialect spoken in Florence. Virtually all Italians can speak the standard form, but different dialects are used in each region of the country.
Highest concentration of Italian speakers in the world.
Outstandingly well-developed infrastructure for language-learning tourists.
Each region of Italy has a specific set of traditions making it a very culturally varied country.
Italian has a close relationship with other Romance languages, meaning speakers of French, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian will have an easier time understanding and being understood.
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• strolling around or taking a Vespa tour in the Eternal City, Rome.
• participating in one of the most iconic carnivals in Venice.
• skiing or snowboarding in the Italian Alps, where some of the best ski resorts in the world are located.
• eating your way through Italy’s vast gastronomic offers, which is much more than just pasta, pizza, and coffee.
• plunging into the beautiful Mediterranean Sea from the coasts of Sardinia, Sicily, the Amalfi Coast or the Rimini Riviera.
• discovering ruins of various civilizations with every step, including those in Rome, Pompeii, and Syracuse.
• aweing at the seemingly endless art all over the country, and especially the Renaissance masterpieces of Florence.
• wandering around any city, big or small, to see its plazas, bell towers, and houses, while taking in the picturesque atmosphere.
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Rome,the capital of one of the world’s greatest empires, is today known around the globe for its rich history, culture, cuisine, and for the huge influence it exerts in fashion, media, and tourism. Landmarks like the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Trevi Fountain dot the city, while charming piazzas and picturesque corners help make Rome a place that must be visited at least once in a lifetime.
Florence, the cradle of Renaissance, perfectly represents Italy at its best: architectural masterpieces, priceless art, fascinating history, breathtaking landscapes, and amazing food and wine are just a few of the reasons why Florence is one of the most visited cities in Europe. And, as if all this was not enough, the Florentine accent is the closest to standard Italian, making it the perfect destination for language learners!
Milan, Italy’s second largest city, is the country’s main financial, commerce, industrial, and transportation center. And yet, Milan is famous around the world for its status as a fashion capital and the influence it exerts in the design, car manufacturing, and high-tech industries.
Turin, the third-most prosperous city in Italy, is the home of fantastic architecture, cradle of Italy’s cinema, foundation of the country’s automotive industry, and host of the largest Italian language book fair. The city is full of rich palaces and grandiose buildings that highlight the city’s aristocratic atmosphere, and its close proximity to the Alps make it a favorite destination for nature lovers and adrenaline junkies.
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