Italian Background

Located in Southern Europe, the Italian Republic with its enclave of the Vatican City has a population of 60 million people. As the Roman Empire it was once a political and religious center Western civilization, and the birthplace of Renaissance and Humanism. With the cultural heritage of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Dante, Italy has the greatest number of Roman Catholic churches per capita and is a popular destination for tourists for its Adriatic Sea beaches, Vesuvius volcano, the cities of Venice and Florence, architecture of the Colosseum and Leaning Tower of Pisa, opera of Verdi, pasta and Parmesan cheese, and fashion houses of Gucci, Versace and Prada. As a part of Indo-European language family, Italian is a Romance language, uses the Latin script and is currently spoken by 85 million people. Parents all over the world choose Italian names for their children because of their ancient ancestry, profound etymology, Latin-based linguistics and classy pronunciation.