Description : The art and culture of Italy has a long history with roots in Greek, Etruscan, Phoenicians, Samnites and Roman civilizations. The cultural heritage of Italy was always supported not only by the public, but also by private investors and benefactors. Considered the starting point of many educational and cultural reforms, especially the Renaissance, Italy gave birth to a plethora of well-known sculptors, musicians, poets, painters, architects and mathematicians. Art, fashion, music and tasty food are the most famous and appreciated elements of Italian cultural heritage. Some of the finest artworks of Italy such as the Milan Cathedral, the Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa have inspired artists from all over Europe. In literature, Dante Alighieri is considered the father of modern Italian language and the Divine Comedy, his greatest work is thought to be among the most important literary statements written in the Middle Age. Music has also played an important role in Italy’s cultural heritage. From classical to folk, Italians appreciate any type of music played with instruments like the violin or piano. Furthermore, Italy is also the birthplace of opera and composers like Verdi, Puccini and Rossini wrote the most famous operas that are still played around the world.