5 MORE CURIOSITIES ABOUT ITALY
Italy is a constant journey of discovery. You never really know it until you see it with your own eyes – interesting facts are everywhere, you just have to give yourself time to find them out!
Let’s discover 5 curiosities about Italy together today!
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FIND OUT HERE THE OTHER CURIOSITIES ABOUT ITALY FROM THE PREVIOUS ARTICLES:
- 1: The Italian flag
The Italian flag was designed taking inspiration from the French one.
The three colors stand for prairie and hope (green), snow-capped mountains and wisdom (white), the blood of patriots and love (red).
The day of the “Tricolore” (3 colors) is January 7th.
The Italian flag was used for the first time in Reggio Emilia.
- 2: Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian scientist, inventor and artist.
A man of genius and universal talent of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci was considered one of the greatest geniuses of humanity.
Many discoveries are due to him.
Among many, Leonardo da Vinci was the first person to demonstrate that the world was round and not flat.
This Tuscan genius was born in Vinci, in the province of Florence, in 1452.
- 3: Sunglasses
Italian people and sunglasses: a typical cliché.
Well, perhaps the Italian habit of wearing sunglasses always and in any case, derives from the fact that it was the Italians who invented sunglasses in the 13th century.
The first glasses with lenses to filter UVA rays are produced in the glassworks of Murano, in Venice, where copies of the eighteenth century have survived.
These glasses, also called “gondola glasses” or “dama glasses” with green glass were used by the Venetian nobility to preserve the view from the constant reflection of light on the water of the lagoon.
- 4: Cinecittà
The Cinecittà in Rome is the largest film facility in Europe.
Many famous Italian directors and actors have worked in Cinecittà such as Federico Fellini, Ettore Scola, Sergio Leone, Luchino Visconti, Anna Magnani, Alberto Sordi, Vittorio De Sica, Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, Claudia Cardinale, Pier Paolo Pasolini but also foreign directors and actors, including Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.
Some 3,000 films were shot in the studios, 90 of which received an Oscar nomination, which was won by 51 films.
It has been the filming location for classic films such as Ben Hur, Cleopatra and many more.
- 5: Matera
Matera also called the “City of Stone”, is the second oldest human settlement on Earth (after Petra, in Jordan) as people have continuously inhabited the city since the Paleolithic.
It is known worldwide for the historic Sassi districts, which make it one of the oldest still inhabited cities in the world.
The Sassi were recognized on 9th December 1993, in the assembly of Cartagena de Indias (Colombia), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the first site in southern Italy to receive this recognition.