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Italian Cuisine
ITALIAN CUISINE is food typical of or originating from Italy. It has developed through centuries of social and political changes, with roots stretching to antiquity . Significant changes occurred with the discovery of the New World and the introduction of potatoes , tomatoes , bell peppers and maize , now central to the cuisine but not introduced in quantity until the 18th century. Italian cuisine is noted for its regional diversity, especially between the north and the south of the Italian peninsula. It offers an abundance of taste, and is one of the most popular in the world. It influenced several cuisines around the world chiefly that of the United States. Italian cuisine is characterized by its simplicity, with many dishes having only four to eight ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation. Ingredients and dishes vary by region
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Culture Of Italy
Italy
Italy
is considered the birthplace of Western civilization and a cultural superpower . Italy
Italy
has been the starting point of phenomena of international impact such as the Magna Graecia , the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
, the Roman Catholic Church
Roman Catholic Church
, the Renaissance
Renaissance
, the Risorgimento
Risorgimento
and the European integration . During its history, the nation gave birth to an enormous number of notable people. Both the internal and external faces of Western culture were born on the Italian peninsula, whether one looks at the history of the Christian faith, civil institutions (such as the Senate ), philosophy, law, art, science, or social customs and culture
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History Of Italy
Timeline Italy portal * v * t * e Part of a series on the CULTURE OF ITALY HISTORY PEOPLE LANGUAGES TRADITIONS Mythology and folklore * Mythology * folklore CUISINE FESTIVALS RELIGION ART LITERATURE Music and performing arts * Music Media * Television * Cinema SPORT Monuments * World Heritage Sites Symbols * Flag * Coat of arms * * Italy portal * v * t * e The HISTORY OF ITALY begins with the arrival of the first hominins 850,000 years ago at Monte Poggiolo . Italy shows evidence of habitation by anatomically modern humans beginning about 43,000 years ago. It is reached by the Neolithic as early as 6000–5500 BC Cardium Pottery and Impressed ware
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Italians
C. 135 MILLION Italian citizens: C. 55 MILLION Italian ancestry: C. 80 MILLION REGIONS WITH SIGNIFICANT POPULATIONS Italy c
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Languages Of Italy
There are approximately 34 living spoken languages and related dialects in Italy
Italy
, most of which are indigenous evolutions of Vulgar Latin , and thus are classified as Romance languages . Although they are sometimes referred to as regional languages , there is no uniformity within any Italian region, and speakers from one locale within a region are typically very aware of features that distinguish their local language from the speech of other places nearby. The official and most widely spoken language is Italian , a descendant of Tuscan . All Romance varieties spoken in Italy, except Standard Italian , are often colloquially referred to as "dialects", although for some of them the term may coexist with other labels like "minority languages" or "vernaculars"
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Traditions Of Italy
TRADITIONS OF ITALY are some set of traditions , beliefs , values , and customs that belongs within the culture of Italian people . These traditions have influenced life in Italy for centuries, and are still practiced in our modern days. Italian traditions are directly connected to Italian's ancestors, which tells us even more about Italian history. SEE ALSO * The Italian folk dance is a traditional dance, that has been practiced since the Renaissance
Renaissance
period and influenced famous writers and philosophers like Dante . * One of the most known and requested traditions is the Carnival of Venice , usually celebrated between the first and last week of February. * The city of Ivrea
Ivrea
is greatly known for the Battle of Oranges this should refer to Napoleone 's acts
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Mythology Of Italy
MYTHOLOGY OF ITALY refers to the mythology of peoples living in Italy . Important Gods and Goddesses of Italian Mythology: * ANTEROS is the Italian God of love and passion. Specifically, Anteros was the God of mutual love and would punish those who did not return love. * ARADIA is the Italian witch Goddess. She protects women against the aggression of masculine faith and symbolizes the air element and the moon. * CARMENTA is the Goddess of spells, known for chanting incantations in verse to ease the pains of women in labor and children facing illness. * FEBRUUS is the Italian God of purification who lives in the underworld. * FORTUNA is the Goddess of fate and fortune and also bringer of fertility. * JANA is the Goddess of the Moon, said to have 2 faces, one facing the past one facing the future. * JOVE is the Sky God
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Folklore Of Italy
FOLKLORE OF ITALY refers to the folklore and urban legends of Italy
Italy
. CONTENTS * 1 Folklore
Folklore
* 2 See also * 3 References * 4 External links FOLKLORE This list is incomplete ; you can help by expanding it
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Public Holidays In Italy
The following days are public holidays in Italy
Italy
: DATE ENGLISH NAME LOCAL NAME REMARKS 1 January New Year\'s Day Capodanno 6 January Epiphany Epifania Monday after Easter Easter Monday
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Religion In Italy
Religion
Religion
in Italy
Italy
according to the _Global Religious Landscape_ survey by the Pew Forum , 2012 Christianity (83.3%) No religion (12.4%) Islam
Islam
(3.7%) Buddhism
Buddhism
(0.2%) Hinduism (0.1%) Other religions (0.3%) RELIGION IN ITALY is characterised by the predominance of Christianity and an increasing diversity of religious practices, beliefs and denominations. Most Christians in Italy
Italy
adhere to the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
, whose headquarters are in Vatican City
Vatican City
, Rome
Rome

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Italian Art
Since ancient times, Greeks
Greeks
, Etruscans
Etruscans
and Celts
Celts
have inhabited the south, centre and north of the Italian peninsula respectively. The very numerous Rock Drawings in Valcamonica go back to 8,000 BC, and there are rich remains of Etruscan art
Etruscan art
from thousands of tombs, as well as rich remains from the Greek colonies at Paestum
Paestum
, Agrigento and elsewhere. Ancient Rome
Ancient Rome
finally emerged as the dominant Italian and European power. The Roman remains in Italy
Italy
are of extraordinary richness, from the grand Imperial monuments of Rome
Rome
itself to the survival of exceptionally preserved ordinary buildings in Pompeii
Pompeii
and neighbouring sites
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Italian Literature
ITALIAN LITERATURE is written in the Italian language
Italian language
, particularly within Italy
Italy
. It may also refer to literature written by Italians
Italians
or in Italy
Italy
in other languages spoken in Italy, often languages that are closely related to modern Italian. An early example of Italian literature is the tradition of vernacular lyric poetry performed in Occitan
Occitan
, which reached Italy
Italy
by the end of the 12th century. In 1230, the Sicilian School is notable for being the first style in standard Italian. Dante Alighieri
Dante Alighieri
, one of the greatest of Italian poets, is notable for his Divine Comedy
Divine Comedy
. Petrarch
Petrarch
did classical research and wrote lyric poetry
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Music Of Italy
THE MUSIC OF ITALY ranges across a broad spectrum of opera and instrumental classical music and a body of popular music drawn from both native and imported sources. Music has traditionally been one of the cultural markers of Italian national and ethnic identity and holds an important position in society and in politics . Italian innovation in musical scales , harmony , notation , and theatre enabled the development of opera in the late 16th century, and much of modern European classical music , such as the symphony and concerto . Instrumental and vocal classical music is an iconic part of Italian identity , spanning experimental art music and international fusions to symphonic music and opera. Opera is integral to Italian musical culture, and has become a major segment of popular music
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Telecommunications In Italy
TELEPHONES - MAIN LINES IN USE: 20.031 million (2008) TELEPHONES - MOBILE CELLULAR: 88.58 million (2008) TELEPHONE SYSTEM: modern, well-developed, fast; fully automated telephone, telex, and data services domestic: high-capacity cable and microwave radio relay trunks international: satellite earth stations - 3 Intelsat (with a total of 5 antennas - 3 for Atlantic Ocean and 2 for Indian Ocean), 1 Inmarsat (Atlantic Ocean region), and NA Eutelsat; 21 submarine cables
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Television In Italy
TELEVISION IN ITALY was introduced in 1939 , when the first experimental broadcasts began. However, this lasted for a very short time: when fascist Italy
Italy
entered World War II in 1940 all transmissions were interrupted, and were resumed in earnest only nine years after the end of the conflict, on January 3, 1954. There are two main national television organisations responsible for most viewing: state-owned RAI
RAI
, accounting for 37% of the total viewing figures in May 2014, and Mediaset , a commercial network which holds about 33%. The third largest player, the Italian branch of Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications
, had a viewing share of 5.8%. Apart from these three free to air companies, News Corporation 's satellite pay TV platform Sky Italia
Sky Italia
is increasing in viewing and shares
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