Italian Culture and Language

The Italian Alphabet (alfabeto italiano) and Language – Italian Culture for kids

The Italian alphabet has 26 letters from A-Z just like the English alphabet. The letters j  (i lunga), k (cappa), w (vi/vu doppia), x (ics) and y (i greca) do appear in the Italian alphabet, but they are thought of as foreign letters. These letters are used mainly in foreign words and pronounced how foreigners …

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Italian Traditional Music and Musical Instruments

Traditional music includes opera which began in the 16th century and classical music.  Italian folk music is an important part of the country’s musical heritage.  Many of the regions in Italy have their own style, instruments, and dancers.  Italy has a long history of church music since 90% of the nation is Catholic. The early ballet was accompanied by …

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Italian History

By 500 B.C., Italy was shared by a number of groups.  Small Greek colonies were on the southern coast and the island of Sicily.  Gauls, ancestors of the modern French people, roamed the northern mountain area.  The Etruscans, a group of people from western Turkey, settled in central Italy.  They built a number of city-states. …

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Italian Foods

Pizza is surely one of the most famous foods in Italy.   It is often baked in a wood-fired oven.  The pizza in Italy is usually very thin but loaded with fresh vegetables or thinly sliced ham, salami, artichokes, and olives.  The pizza was invented in Naples, Italy around 1860. Calzone, a popular variety of pizza, …

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Italian People

How can you describe the Italian people?  Italians love sports.  Cycling, skiing, soccer and motor racing are some of their most favorites.  The family is very important for Italians. Often, the grandparents will live in the same home as parents and children. Italians are famous for their inventions and discoveries. Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci …

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The Italian Flag

The Italian flag is called a tricolor because it has three colors:  green, white and red.  Some Italians think that the color green on the flag is for the hills and plains of Italy, white is for the snow-capped Alps and red is for the bloodshed during the war to win Italy’s independence to become …

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About Italian Culture

Italy Geography Italy is a southern European country shaped like a boot. The country is nicknamed “Bel Paese” which means beautiful country. Since it is surrounded by water on three sides, Italy is called a peninsula.  The southern part of Italy extends into the Mediterranean Sea. The country covers 116,306 square miles (301,230 square kilometers) …

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Popular Children’s Literature of Italy

–          Aesop’s Fables (Dover Children’s Thrift Classics): (Author- Aesop, Pat Stewart) Ages 4 to 8 –          The Adventures of Pinocchio: The Story of a Puppet: (Author- Carlo Collodi, Iassen Ghiuselev)  Ages 9 to 12 –          Pompeii: (Author- Peter Connolly) Ages 9 to 12 –          The Buried City of Pompeii: What It Was Like When Vesuvius …

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