The Italians: Shapers of Western Civilization

In exploring an immense Italian cultural heritage, the voyage encompasses Roman architecture and law; Brunelleschi’s dome and Palladio’s villas; Machiavelli’s The Prince, Dante’s Divine Comedy, and the realism of Boccaccio’s The Decameron; da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Michelangelo’s David; and Galileo’s and Fermi’s contributions to modern science and Marconi’s invention of the radio. As the first to develop universities, monasticism, the field of political science, and the modern orchestra, Italians can be said to have civilized the rest of Europe—and they continue to influence culture today in such areas as food, fashion, and design.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of how Italy influences culture in such areas as food, fashion, and design
  • Familiarity with Italians’ expansive cultural heritage
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