A Peek Into Several European Countries
By: Tuva Aasen
How do Italians spend their leisure time, what music do they listen to? I also want to figure out what movies they watch as well as what films they have produced. It’s hard to determine exactly what music is enjoyed in a country, as it varies greatly between people, parts of the country and music itself is such a broad genre. It seems to me that Italy, as a lot of other western European countries are very Americanized in the music they listen to, such as pop, rock, rap and hip hop has made its way around the globe and gets played on the radio frequently. Italians also enjoy listening to classical music and jazz. However, Italians of all ages enjoy their own Italian rock music as well, and Zucchero and Vasco Rossi are examples of popular Italian rock artists. Italy is known for the creation of opera in the 17th century, and as a result has a long history of the production and composition of some of the world’s best opera. Yet, it’s important to remember that this does not mean that all Italians love, live and breathe opera.
The Americanization applies to the movie screen as well, but they still enjoy watching Italian movies. Among the most famous Italian films listed by foreignmovies.com and most frequently mentioned on the web are La Dolce Vita (1960), Bicycle thieves (1948), Cinema Paradiso (1988), The good, the bad and the ugly (1966) and Life is Beautiful (1997). In addition to this, Italian films have received 13 academy awards for best foreign language films as of 2013. Going to the movies are often considered a Sunday family activity in Italian culture, but movie theater visits have declined due to the growing popularity of watching TV in recent years.
We see that a lot of Italian culture revolves around the cooking and preparation of Italian foods, and sharing the great food and wine with others. Italians seem to take a lot of pride cooking, and we even see vast differences in foods between Italian regions. Besides cooking, Italians devote a lot of their leisure time toward sports. Soccer is huge and by far the most popular sport in the country. However, the sport of soccer is not limited to professional stars on the TV screen. You will find a lot of children and friends of all ages playing soccer in the park nearby. Roller-skating, basketball, fishing, baseball and cycling are also among the sports you’ll find enjoyed by Italians. Sundays often consist of family gatherings and trips to mountains or the seashore. It is also important to mention that Italy provides a unique center of books, architecture and art, and is home to some of the greatest art museums as well, which is considered world famous.
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