Ten Things Italy Is Most Famous For

February 4th, 2012 @ // Comments Off

Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. But why do people like to visit? Here are ten popular reasons why people choose to visit Italy. 1. Food. Whether it is pasta, seafood, cheeses, or desserts such as tiramisu or cannoli, authentic Italian food is a treat not to be missed. [...]

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Water and Waterways of Italy

January 31st, 2012 @ // Comments Off

Venice There are over 200 canals in Venice, the Grand Canal is the largest S shaped. 400 bridges cross these canals which are like our roads and streets. Gondolas the narrow black boats are used by tourists to experience the view of the city from these canals. It can be flooded in the winter months. [...]

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Life Expectancy In Italy

June 21st, 2011 @ // Comments Off

Italians have a lower infant mortality rate and live an average of slightly two years longer than Americans. Americans have a life expectancy of 78.11 years at birth. The Italian life expectancy is 80.20 years. This statistic applies to Italy overall, but on the Italian island of Sardinia, inhabitants frequently live to 100. This includes [...]

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History of Pasta

June 17th, 2011 @ // Comments Off

The first recorded date of putting together pasta with tomatoes was in 1839.  In the 1300s pasta was popular as it had a long shelf life and was therefore used on ships for long voyagers.  By law in Italy pasta must contain 100% durum flour and semolina flour and water. Durum wheat was introduced to [...]

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Italian Style Gardens

June 17th, 2011 @ // Comments Off

This style of garden design started out in villas then introduced fountains, water and statues to impress. Alot of visual, sound and smells make an Italian garden complete. Visual due to the statues and usually symetrical design mirror images. The sound of water in the form of still or running.  The smell of the herbs, [...]

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Plants and Trees in Italian Gardens

June 11th, 2011 @ // Comments Off

Cypress Tree This is the view of Italian scenes and the tall thin upright trees shooting up into the sky make a fabulous backdrop to the lakes and all over Italy. Lemon Tree The bright yellow fruit filling the lemon trees look so appealing in the Italian sunshine. You can marvel at just how the [...]

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Italian Health Food Benefits

January 5th, 2011 @ // Comments Off

Fresh Ingredients Fresh vegetables and ingredients go into making Italian food. Lots of herbs and spices are used to flavour dishes. Olive Oil Researchers have discovered olive oil has the ability to switch off genes that inflame e.g. arthritis and heart disease.  One of the best olive oils in the world comes from Tuscany it [...]

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Italian Food for Children

January 1st, 2011 @ // Comments Off

Italian Food for Children Introduction to Italian Food Originally pizza, pasta, macaroni are from Italy. Pizza originally came from Naples (Napoli) near Rome in approx 1860. Parmesan cheese came from Parma. photocredit Italian food is one of the oldest in the world. Dishes are copies of ones given to Roman Soldiers. Olive oil and wine [...]

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Art Culture in Italy

January 1st, 2011 @ // Comments Off

Art of Painting Florence is a cultural city of Art and many students come here to study art. Frescoes are paintings on fresh plaster which helps it survive so well in time as it becomes part of the wall or ceiling. Colours were made from mixing stones and minerals with a medium. Fine brushes made [...]

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Schools in Italy

December 29th, 2010 @ // Comments Off

The Academic Year The school academic year runs from mid September – end June. Schools in Italy are free to all children and must attend school from ages 6-16.  Text books are free until you reach secondary school. photocredit Primary School At primary age children only attend school from 8.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. 6 [...]

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