Chances are when you think about Italian culture, you instantly think of luxury, incredible food, breathtaking art and architecture, and a strong religious presence. There is no doubt that you have already experienced a small bit of Italy’s culture in your lifetime, but there is nothing quite like experiencing it in person.
Masterpieces Around Every Corner
When you visit Italy, you will be thrust into the world of gorgeous art. Whether you are in Rome, Venice, or Florence, you will have the opportunity to visit some of the best museums and galleries in the world - like the Uffizi Gallery in Florence where you can see the Annunciation and Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo da Vinci and other masterpieces from the Renaissance era. And of course, there is the statue David at the Accademia Gallery, also in Florence. Historical buildings like churches and opera houses are also adorned with well-preserved stunning artwork. Like the art on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican, painted by Michelangelo in the 1500s. This is a must-see on your vacation!
Dress To Impress
It is almost impossible to talk about Italian culture without acknowledging the fashion industry. The catwalks of Milan are adorned with iconic outfits created by well-known fashion houses such as Armani, Versace, Prada, and Gucci. Many in-vogue fashion brands sell high-quality leather handbags and footwear, jewelry, and clothing in every major city. For this reason, Italy is a shopaholic’s dream!
Once you have spent time picking out your perfect ensemble, don’t forget to get dressed up for a sophisticated night at the opera, ballet, or theatre! Look your best as you soak up this integral part of Italian culture.
Italians are very religious. About ninety percent are Roman Catholic, followed by only about ten percent who identify as Jewish, Muslim, or Protestant. You can take a trip to Vatican City in Rome to visit The Pope and witness one of the papal audiences that are held every week.
Major holidays such as Easter and Christmas are celebrated, and different regions of Italy will hold celebrations, such as the feast day of their patron saint. Many businesses will also close as family and friends gather to celebrate with events centered around food, drink, music, and dance during this time. Be sure to check the dates of your trip to ensure the places on your itinerary will be open.
It is part of Italian culture to socialize and celebrate together with loved ones whenever possible, so get ready to be welcomed to Italy with open arms. There is a fascinating blend of old and new waiting for you and you can expect to be continually entertained by the exciting culture of Italy throughout your entire trip. If you are ready to “Seymour” of the world with us, click here and let’s start planning your Italian Adventure together.
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