The country of Italy has given birth to many events that have made their mark in the course of History. The 3 R’s originated from Rome – The Roman Empire that grew to become one of the largest empires of the ancient world. The Roman Empire left its mark on every country it invaded – by leaving behind remnants of its culture, language, architectural styles and much more. The Renaissance Era brought about so much change that advanced mankind in leaps and bounds in terms of Art and Inventions with some of the world’s most brilliant inventors and Artists living in this Age.

church-233564_1920Next, but not least with a presence more far reaching than the Roman Empire is the Roman Catholic Church. Just a random fact to throw in, but did you know that the Roman Catholic Church has the most amount of land in the entire world? Next is Mc. Donald’s by the way. The Catholic Church has spread far and wide with an estimated figure of 1.2 billion people in the world as followers. You can see their presence in the churches that dot your way as you drive to work.

There is so much more to Italy that what meets the eye. Home to famous elements of art, music, fashion and food, Italy was also the birthplace of Opera.  The cities of Italy hold significance in their own right. Rome was the capital of the Roman Empire and the papal seat. Florence saw the birth of the Renaissance which ended the Dark Ages. Turin, once a capital city of Italy is now one of the world’s foremost centers for Automobile Engineering. Milan hosts the Milan Fashion Week and has put Italy firmly on the fashion map, and Venice with her canals attracts thousands of visitors each day especially during festival seasons.

cinque-terre-340348_1920Due to the huge amount of contributions to the Arts from Italian Maestros, Italy is estimated to be home to half of the world’s art treasures. Italy also holds the record for having the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the World.

Ruins that showcase architectural and engineering brilliance of builders two thousand years ago are still standing today, a tribute to the genius’ that created them. These ancient and medieval structures hold some records that still stand unbroken or were untouched for many centuries. The Colosseum is the world’s largest Amphitheatre, the Leaning tower of Pisa is a wonder, and the dome on St. Peter’s Basilica is touted to be the largest in Christendom.

armani-store-265115_1280If fashion is your thing, then Italy is the place for you. Prominent designers like Armani, Gucci, Versace, Fendi and Prada all originate from Italy. Advances in science, technology and astronomy were brought forth by forward thinkers like Galileo and Leonardo da Vinci.

How can I not mention the food? Italian food can be found in nearly every corner of the world. We all identify and love Italian cuisines that range from Pastas to pizzas to Spaghetti to gelatos. I’m just making my mouth water here.

Italy has given so much to the world that mostly anything we do can be traced back to her. With a country that has such a rich heritage, it seems almost sinful not to pay our tributes to her beauty.

I am as Italian as can be. I grew up in Testaccio and had a lovely childhood surrounded by beauty everywhere I turned. I think living in Italy spoils you.

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