Italian Culture

Italian Culture

Italy is considered a cultural superpower and has given birth to an enormous number of inventors, scientists, painters, and other influential people. Today, Italy aspires and influences many cultures with it's innovative design, enchanting art, leading-edge fashion and much more.

Italian Culture Tours and Excursions

Culture and Tastes of Northern Italy Self-Drive

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Culture and Tastes of Northern Italy Self-Drive - Viator

Breath the real soul of the fashion capital by sipping a cocktail in the vibrant Navigli district Learn about the ancient art of Violin making from a local artisan in Cremona Discover the most genuine side of the Food valley and visit small villages, castles and food producers of Parma area Meet the local producers of the most excellent Italian products and taste Culatello, Parma ham, Aceto Balsamico, Lambrusco and Valpolicella wines Enjoy the slow life in the beautiful towns of Cremona, Parma, Mantua and Bergamo far from the tourist crowds Visit the hidden corners of Bologna, Verona and Milan thanks to our local buddy guides.

Best of Italy: from Rome to Venice

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Best of Italy: From Rome to Venice - Viator

Breath the atmosphere of the Eternal city and discover the vibrant Trastevere area eating like a local, with locals! Enjoy a funny Ape Calessino tour along the most fascinating Baroque sites Discover the hidden corners of Florence, Bologna and Venice thanks to our local buddy guides Visit the artisans shops in the most authentic quarter of Florence. Enjoy the slow rhythm of Siena and San Gimignano Treat yourself with an exclusive dinner in a noble villa in Chianti hills. Be surprised by the colours of Rialto Market and taste the local “cicchetti”, the real Venetian tapas.

Italian Myths

Much of Italian mythology comes from the Greeks and many of the Greek gods are basically just renamed. Many of modern Italians still believe in the evil eye and can be quite superstitious. Their traditions, values, beliefs and customs have been moulded trough the centuries of developed and shaped by the events and Italian culture. Below are some of the important Italian myths, gods, and beliefs:

  • Anteros is the God of passion and love, who was believed to punish those who did not return love for love given
  • Aradia is a witch Goddess who was believed to protect women agains the agression of men
  • Carmenta is the Goddess of spells know for her chants to aid women in labour and children in sickness
  • Februus is the God of purification who is believed to live in the underworld
  • Fortuna is the Goddess of fortune and fate, but also fertility
  • Jana is the Moon Goddess believed to have two faces, present and past
  • Jove is considered to be the Sky God and the king of all gods
  • Nox is the night Goddess and considered to be the oldest of all gods, all things are believed to have their beginnings from her
  • Umbria is the Goddess of secrets, shadows, and darkness, and just like Februus is believed to be living in the underworlds
  • Malocchio is last but not least - the The Evil Eye, many modern Italian people as well as American-Italians still believe in this and take precautions to avoid the evil and unfortunate spell that they believe it can hold 

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