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2 Religion: 84% Roman Catholic, 6% Jewish, Muslim and Protestant make up the rest Official Language: Italian

3 Italy's Cultural Contributions Europe's Renaissance period began in Italy during the 14th and 15th centuries. Literary achievements-- such as the poetry of Petrarch, Tasso, and Ariosto and the prose of Boccaccio, Machiavelli, and Castiglione--exerted a tremendous and lasting influence on the subsequent development of Western civilization

4 Italy's Cultural Contributions As did the painting, sculpture, and architecture contributed by giants such as Da Vinci, Raphael, Botticelli, Fra Angelico, and Michelangelo. contribute significantly to Western culture.

5 Italy's Cultural Contributions The musical influence of Italian composers Monteverdi, Palestrina, and Vivaldi proved epochal; in the 19th century, Italian romantic opera flourished under composers Gioacchino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi, and Giacomo Puccini. Contemporary Italian artists, writers, filmmakers, architects, composers, and designers contribute significantly to Western culture.

6 Tuscany-Florence Menu Roasted Pork Loin with Rosemary Risotto with Artichokes and Fennel Pears with Orange Ricotta Venice Menu Adriatic Fish Stew with Angel Hair Pasta Gelato with Pistachios

7 Liguria Menu Fricasseed Rabbit with Orzo Fennel and Arugula Salad Iced Peaches Espresso or Cappuccino Rome Menu Penne Arrabbiatta Roasted Pepper Salad with Basil Baked Rice Pudding with Pears

8 January 1: New Year's Day** January 6: Epiphany April 17: Easter Monday (in 2006) April 25: Liberation Day May 1: Labor Day** June 2: Anniversary of the Founding of the Republic August 15: Feast of the Assumption (also known as Ferragosto)

9 December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception December 25: Christmas Day** December 26: St. Stephen's Day (Boxing Day)

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