Italy has long been a country identified as the center of history, culture and art. Historical wonders can be found in every corner of its borders. Italy boasts fifty-three cultural UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Sites, more than any other country in the world. A few of the more well-known sites include:
- Valley of the Temples (Agrigento)
- Amalfi Coast
- Aeolian Volcanic Islands
- Mount Etna
- Medici Villas (Tuscany)
- Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata
Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples, Milan, and Vatican City are its most renowned cities of art, also boasting wondrous marvels such as:
- Castel Nuovo
- The Colosseum
- Grand Canals (of Venice)
- Ponte Vecchio
- Sistine Chapel
- St. Peter’s Basilica
Tourists can explore and discover a seemingly unlimited number of architectural and historical landmarks including (all approximations):
- 95,000 monumental churches
- 40,000 forts and castles
- 36,000 archives and libraries
- 5,600 museums
Tourists can also explore many of the 30,000 historical residences of ancient and noble families. Italy’s many historical offerings will take you on a journey through time, from the days of the Ancient Greeks to the Roman Empire and back to the present.
TIPS: The Italian term complesso is often used as both an adjective and a noun meaning “complex”, but in this lesson it is utilized as a noun meaning “group” or “band”.
A male “musician” is il musicista and female is la musicista. The ending does not change in the singular, only in the plural (i musicisti, le musiciste).