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Welcome to the Dante Foundation. Our mission is to provide engaging and accessible online resources that inspire a love of Italian language, literature, art, and history.

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The History of Italian Cuisine

Italian cuisine's tantalizing flavors and rich history have left an indelible mark on the global culinary landscape.
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The History of Italian Automobiles

Italian automakers have been responsible for some of the most iconic and stylish cars of all time, such as the Lamborghini, Ferrari,...
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Books

Straddling the Borders: The Year I Grew Up In Italy by Martha Cummings

The Straw Obelisk by Adolph Caso

Marconi My Beloved by Maria Cristina Marconi

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

The Secret Price of History by Gayle Ridinger

Garibaldi by William Rosenfeld

 

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Flying Over Italy

Take flight with an exciting aerial tour of Italy.

Rome
Venice
Florence
Tuscany

Rome is the capital city of Italy and one of the most iconic cities in the world. Known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture, Rome is a popular destination for tourists from all over the globe. The city is home to ancient landmarks such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Roman Forum, as well as world-renowned art museums and galleries, including the Vatican Museums and the Galleria Borghese. Rome is also famous for its cuisine, with a wide variety of restaurants serving traditional Italian dishes such as pizza, pasta, and gelato. With its warm Mediterranean climate and welcoming atmosphere, Rome is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in history, culture, and good food.

Venice is a unique and enchanting city located in northeastern Italy. Built on a network of canals, Venice is often referred to as the “City of Water” and is renowned for its stunning architecture, picturesque bridges, and gondolas. The city is home to several historic landmarks, including St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, and the Rialto Bridge, as well as a wealth of art galleries, museums, and cultural institutions. Venice is also famous for its traditional craft industries, such as glass-making and lace-making, which have been passed down through generations of Venetian artisans. With its romantic atmosphere, rich history, and unique architecture, Venice is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in experiencing the beauty and charm of Italy.

Florence is a city located in the heart of Tuscany, Italy, renowned for its rich history, stunning architecture, and cultural heritage. The city is known as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and is home to numerous world-famous museums, galleries, and historic landmarks, such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Duomo, and the Ponte Vecchio. Florence is also famous for its cuisine, with a wide variety of traditional Tuscan dishes such as steak, pasta, and wine. With its charming narrow streets, beautiful piazzas, and picturesque hills, Florence is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in history, culture, and Italian cuisine.

Tuscany is a region located in central Italy, renowned for its stunning landscapes, rich history, and cultural heritage. The region is home to several iconic landmarks, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Duomo of Florence, and the medieval hill towns of San Gimignano and Siena. Tuscany is also famous for its scenic countryside, with rolling hills, vineyards, and olive groves that produce some of the world’s finest wines and olive oils. The region is renowned for its cuisine, which includes traditional dishes such as ribollita, bistecca alla fiorentina, and panzanella. With its rich history, stunning landscapes, and world-renowned cuisine, Tuscany is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in experiencing the beauty and charm of Italy.

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