Italy was the cradle of Western civilizations, from the Roman Empire to the Renaissance, and produced a unique cultural heritage. The Reputation Institute ranked Italy first in the world in 2013 for culture. Indeed, according to UNESCO (the cultural and educational agency for the United Nations) the most of the world’s cultural heritage sites are in Italy.
If you like arts, music, design, architecture, opera or food, Italian is the reference language. Knowing Italian is greatly beneficial in several career fields. Italy is a world leader in the culinary arts, interior design, fashion, graphic design, furniture design, machine tool manufacturing, robotics, electromechanical machinery, shipbuilding, space engineering, construction machinery and transportation equipment.
Students that learn Italian are bound to stand out in the crowd as those who have a robust background in humanities and understand Dante, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Rafael — as well as the multiple expressions of the Italian cultural genius. In a world that is increasingly flat and homogenized, people who speak Italian have a clear understanding of the “fundamentals” of our world. This is a definite plus in society for everybody, be they engineers, marketing managers or designers.