• Bulgaria!

    Bulgaria: An old Turkish bridge. Go Now!

    The isolated mountains of Bulgaria hide cultural gems around every corner, including this old Turkish bridge in the Rhodopi Mountains. Explore Bulgaria!

  • Italy!

    Italy: Rome' historic buildings. Go Now!

    Crumbling buildings in Rome (pictured) only add to the atmosphere in a country where old is redefined and western civilization begins. Explore Italy!

  • Denmark!

    Denmark: Landscape. Go Now!

    From cities like Copenhagen to islands, beaches, and vast fields (pictured), Denmark offers incredible history, architecture, scenery, and more. Begin Your Journey!

  • Czech Republic!

    Czech Republic: Astronomical Clock in Prague. Go Now!

    Czech Republic
    The Astronomical Clock in Prague (pictured) makes every tourist list, but the towns, including Cesky Krumlov, and the mountains offer a change of pace. Go Now!

  • Belarus!

    Belarus: Birch tree forest. Go Now!

    Tucked away and often forgotten in Eastern Europe, Belarus is home to low lands and Birch Forests (pictured) as well as hidden castles and a culture unlike any other. Begin Your Journey!

  • Spain!

    Spain: Guell Park and Gaudi architecture. Go Now!

    Fusion foods, lively music, historic ruins, and cultural events like the Running of the Bulls and La Tomatina make Spain and Barcelona (pictured) a favorite tourist destination. Explore Spain!

Ethnicity, Language, & Religion of Italy


Italians are an ethnic group which is quite varied from one region to the next, but arguably one ethnic group none-the-less. The common thread among them is their ties to Rome in the ancient times and the Latinization and unification of the entire peninsula, making transportation more easily accessible. For the most part, ethnic Italians are simply a combination of all the local people on the peninsula at that time and those who arrived due to the wide-reaching net of the Roman Empire. Italians are, therefore, essentially a combination of the indigenous people like the Etruscans and the settlers who arrive at various times, like the Greeks, Jews, Germans, and other Mediterranean people. Sometimes the Italians are considered Latin in an ethnic sense so are related, to varying degrees, to other Latin people, including the Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Romanians among others.


Italian is the official language of Italy. This language is a Latin-based language, commonly referred to as a Romance language today. Although based on Latin, having been in contact with many different languages and cultures over time, Italian today is quite different from Latin and is perhaps more closely related to French, which is also related to Latin. More distant languages include Spanish, Portuguese, and Romanian.

Most people in Italy are taught English in schools, but the degree to which they learn the language varies substantially, although most young people have at least a basic understanding of the language. French and German are also commonly taught second languages, especially closer to the borders of those two countries.


The majority of the population of Italy is Catholic. There are significantly smaller minority groups of Protestants and some immigrating Muslims.

Catholicism is a Christian religion that is one of the first Christian religions (founded after the death of Jesus in about 30-33 AD). Catholicism believes that there is a single God who created everything, a savior, the son of God, Jesus Christ who is the forgiver of sins, and there is the Holy Spirit, which makes up the last part of the Holy Trinity. Catholics follow the teachings of the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments. Much of the faith is based on the life and teachings of Jesus, which is found in the gospels (in the New Testament).

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This page was last updated: May, 2014