Not only is Italy famous for its food, but it is a huge contributor in the world of art, architecture, fashion, opera, literature, design and film.
The boot shaped country was made up of several different territories for being known as Italy in 1871. Territories included Papal States, the Kingdom of Sardinia and Grade Duchy of Tuscany. Although only young, Italy has already made a big impression internationally and has grown fame from production of different foods, art and gifts.
Starting with the obvious, Pizza, is one of the most loved throughout the world. The pizza making technique is known as an intangible cultural heritage recognised by UNESCO. Pizza is made up of a chewy dough with an incredibly crunchy crust and a choice of toppings which usually include mozzarella cheese and a tomato base. However, depending on where in Italy you are will depend on how your pizza is made. Romans make their pizza flat and crispy, Sicilians like it thick and fluffy and Apulians fry smaller pockets of dough.
When thinking of pizza, we automatically then think of pasta. Another firm favourite throughout the world, pasta, can come fresh or dried and can either be stuffed or coated with a sauce of choice. Each region has its own unique way of cooking it with a number of rules on what you shouldn’t do. For example, don’t overcook it, don’t eat with chicken and definitely don’t use ketchup as a sauce! Pasta is very versatile and comes in a variety of different shapes but above all is very easy to store which makes pasta very convenient.
Venetian Eye Masks
Next on the list, is venetian eye masks. Venetian eye masks can also be known as masquerade masks and are often disassociated with Italy due to their other uses. However, Venetian eye masks originate from the 12th century and was thought to be a response to the rigid class cultures throughout Europe in that time. These Italian masks are highly decorative and are intricately hand painted in many different styles. Usually the masks were worn during the carnival and still are now, but more commonly, the masks are worn at lavish balls to hide one’s identity.
It is a well-known fact that Italy is at the heart of fashion. Milan is seen as the fashion hotspot and the go to place for high-end shopping, seeing luxury brands such as Prada, Gucci, Versace, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino.
Let’s not forget the incredible artists that are highly celebrated throughout the world; Giotto, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Titian, Caravaggio and Bernini. Works by the artists are not only found within museums and art galleries but also elsewhere in Italy such as churches, castles, historical residences and of course Italy’s architecture.
Lastly, of course, is gelato. Gelato is commonly conceived as being the Italian word for ice cream, but in fact, the two aren’t the same. Gelato is lower in fat content and has much less air in it and is served at a slightly higher temperature than ice cream is. Gelato is much silkier, softer and flavoursome than ice cream and is seen as the best in the world. You can even study all things gelato at university!