Giorgio Armani is one of the most celebrated and influential designers Italy has ever produced. But it was only by chance that he broke into the fashion industry in the Sixties.
In 1964, armed with an in-depth knowledge of fabric and design, he was taken on as a designer for Nino Cerruti's men's clothing company, Hitman. Posts at Ungaro and Zegna were soon to follow. In 1974, Armani introduced his own menswear label, his first womenswear collection coming a year later.
Designed by the great neoclassical architect Giuseppe Piermarini, La Scala opened on 3 August 1778 with Antonio Salieri's opera L'Europa riconosciuta, to a libretto by Mattia Verazi.
Michelangelo Buonarroti is one of the greatest artists of all time, a man whose name has become synonymous with the word "masterpiece".
Mount Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe and one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
Due to its history of recent activity and nearby population, Mount Etna has been designated a Decade Volcano by the United Nations.
Born in 1947, Ferrari has always produced vehicles at its current site and has maintained its directions. It has progressively widened its range using visionary planning both on a design level and on the quality of work produced.
To learn Italian means understand Italian culture.
Italian is a musical language. Italian is the first language of music and opera worldwide.
Pizza, spaghetti, pasta, mozzarella, polenta, cappuccino, espresso, caffelatte, the list of Italian words which have come into the British High Street and become part of normal English goes on and on.
At the time of the Renaissance, Italy produced outstanding multi-talented artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti.
The architecture of Rome is still one of the marvels of the world.
Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Valentino, Versace are the names which are associated with elegance and style.
In the 20th century Italian design flair and engineering skills have given us exclusive cars such as Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini.
"A different language is a different vision of life".
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