Italy is famous for many things and remains a tremendous tourist attraction for people around the world. All that Italy is loved for is the result of 25 centuries of glorious twists and turns in the paths of history. Italy had good times as well as bad times, which certainly makes sense. It may be up to the historians to make an account for the 2,500 years of Italian history, but it is up to the visitors of today to enjoy the results of this history.
It was the Greeks and the Etruscans that preceded the Latins in the Italian peninsula. Even though Italic tribes were present since the 9th century BC, it was around 350 BC when Rome emerged as a dominant power in central Italy. The Romans were brave warriors, brilliant organizers and above all great learners. They soon dominated the peninsula and moved on to declining Greece. Taking only the good elements of Greek philosophy they were impressed with, as well as parts art and culture, the Italians even adopted the Greek religion, or at least the parts of this that fitted in with their own beliefs. Naturally, this was after making the necessary changes to make the religion more “Roman”.
With the fall of the eternal city of Rome in AD 476, the Empire was split into many city states. The Middle Ages were harsh on Italy but the glorious Renaissance period (the Italian Quattrocento) gave new breath to the restless Italian spirit and made Italy the center of the world once again. The Vatican in Rome saw that the Catholic faith was spreading to the New World and blessed the establishment of the New Kingdom of Italy in 1861. The 20th century was shaded by WWII, which left Italy in ruins but it has since recovered and is once again the passionate country it has always been.
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