Holidays & Observances in Italy
Italy is a south European peninsula in the Mediterranean. It is one of the most important countries in the world to western history. Both the Roman Empire and the Renaissance movement were born in Italy and have greatly affected the rest of the western world. This is particularly true in the arts. From Italian Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo and Leonardo di Vinci, to musical geniuses such as Vivaldi and Verdi Italians have made a huge mark on every form of art. Today Italians excel in the modern world while maintaining a strong connection to their past. Roman Catholicism is almost the exclusive religion of Italy. It even finds its home base in the Vatican City, which, although not technically part of Italy, is located in Rome. Religious holidays are celebrated universally throughout the country. Today Italy is probably best known for its world renowned food and wine, so no holiday celebration would be complete without them.