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Famous Italians and what to know about them

One good reason to go to Italy to Au Pair is the people. With over 58 million people in an area about the size of the state of Arizona, Italians are said to be some of the friendliest people in the world. Their love of life, food, people, art and their great culture steeped in thousands of years of history makes Italy a great destination. You will find that the people are charming and charismatic. They love family life and music and tend to be freely giving of their affection.

During your time in, you will notice that Italians are proud of their heritage and are passionate about everything they do. They are very welcoming to strangers and quick to share their food and offer their wine or even a joke or a story.

Who are some of the famous Italian people that may be featured at some of the sites you may visit in Italy?

Leonardo da Vinci "The Last Supper"

One of the most famous Italian people is Leonardo Da Vinci. Not only did he paint perhaps the most recognizable picture of all time "The Mona Lisa" but most people around the world have heard of him because of his painting "The Last Supper." This has become the source of several controversies such as the one portrayed in the book and the movie "The DaVinci Code." During your time in Italy, you will undoubtedly come across several places that are tied to the name of this famous Italian. For example, he was born and spent much of his youth around Florence in the Tuscany region and later on moved to Milan. Unfortunately, you will not find the Mona Lisa on in Italy but the Last Supper is found in a famous church called Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

Math, physics, and astronomy genius!

Galileo is another famous Italian also from the Florence area known for his contributions to math, physics, and astronomy. You can visit the University of Pisa during your time in Italy if you are curious to know where things began for Galileo. You can also visit the bronze chandelier in the Cathedral of Pisa which is said to be where Galileo first started thinking about his swinging pendulum theories. He is said to have timed the swings with his pulse while sitting in this cathedral.

Marco Polo is another famous Italian. He was a Venetian who traveled and explored the world. He was buried in the Church of San Lorenzo in Venice and the house that is said to be his actual birthplace in Venice also exists and is frequented by tourists.

Michelangelo is also a famous Italian whose name will come up during your stay in Italy. As a painter and sculptor, he was said to be a rival of Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Judgment" a huge mural he took 6 years to paint that is on a wall at the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City. It describes the apocalypse or the second coming of Christ. Michelangelo also designed the dome of the St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City which you will be able to see when you are in Rome.

When visiting Italy be in the know and read up some more on these legendary Italians.

Buon Viaggio! (happy travels)

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