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Culture and Tradition in Italy

Italy has played a major role in the history of the West. The cradle of the Etruscan civilisation, the centre of the Roman Empire... the country has also been shaped by numerous artistic currents that have given rise to an extraordinarily rich cultural heritage. 

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Italian Culture, a Priceless Treasure

The city of Florence, the heart of the Renaissance, is in itself a showcase of art and history where one architectural gem follows another. From the Ponte Vecchio to the Bartolini Palace, an unforgettable journey through time awaits visitors. 

Italy is synonymous with the great names of art, such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, whose works have moved visitors for centuries.
In April, the Week of Culture is a great opportunity to experience and discover this Italy of art, with free access to some museums and landmarks.

The May of the Monuments of Naples is another major cultural event that offers many highlights for enthusiasts, with a series of guided tours, concerts, etc.
An important facet of the country is Catholicism, which has undeniably shaped its identity. Every town and village has a patron saint who is the subject of all sorts of rituals and celebrations. This religious facet is of course visible in the grandiose setting of the Vatican, with its museums, the famous Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica.

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Italian Traditions: from Cuisine to Lifestyle

A Mediterranean people, Italians are known for their friendliness and easy rapport, with a life often punctuated by traditions. The family is a pillar of Italian society, and any excuse is valid for getting together with friends and family around a good table. Meals are at times never-ending, from antipasti to coffee, leaving plenty of time for lively discussion. And Italians love to converse, not only at home, but also in public places such as squares, which are the true centres of social and cultural life.

A nonchalant atmosphere sets in after lunch, especially during the summer months. It is a time for siesta, an institution that has lasted since antiquity. The city falls asleep, the shops close and everyone has a rest in order to be reborn. At the end of the afternoon, life returns to normal and entertainment is in full swing.

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