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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_Italy

 

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultura_italiana

[...]FROM ANTIQUITY UNTIL THE MID-17TH CENTURY, ITALY WAS CONSIDERED AS THE CENTRAL PLACE OF WESTERN CULTURE.

 

[...] BOTH THE INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL FACETS OF WESTERN CULTURE WERE BORN ON THE ITALIAN PENINSULA, WHETHER ONE LOOKS AT THE HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH, CIVIL INSTITUTIONS (SUCH AS THE SENATE), PHILOSOPHY, LAW, ART, SCIENCE, OR SOCIAL CUSTOMS AND CULTURE.

 

[...] ITALY IS THE WELLSPRING OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION AND HAS BEEN A WORLD CROSSROADS FOR OVER 2,000 YEARS.

 

[...] CONTINUOUS LEARNING, CREATIVITY, AND TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT ON THE ITALIAN PENINSULA HAVE SHAPED VIRTUALLY EVERY ASPECT OF WESTERN CULTURE.