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Introduction
Italy is rich in scenic splendour.

It is a land of soft mountains ,green valleys and an ever-changing coastline that defines the limit between sea and earth in an always astonishing and graceful way.

And its people, in tune with that extraordinary geographical variety are a multiform melting pot of cultures and languages, which stretch back into the mists of time.

Greeks, Etruscans, Romans, left their traces in the Italian spirit and culture no less than all those who followed.

From the Ostrogoths to the Longobards, from the Arabs to the Byzantines, from the Normans to the Swabians, all those populations who conquered our peninsula have left the sign of their passage in the language as well as in the regional dialects, in the toponyms as well as in the DNA of our people.

Strong evidence of that is confirmed by the rich variety of usages and customs, typical of each Italian region and village.

It is this variety that attracts and enchants tourists , above all those from Europe, who, without knowing the reason and before realizing it, feel themselves ‘at home’ when visiting our country.

Italians have made very good use of this inevitable contact with different races and culture. Each town or village has in fact its own history, visible in the local works of art and architecture and which can be enjoyed taking part in the traditional events and celebrations full of ethical and religious values.

Such a living proof of our cultural treasures , that are appreciated all over the world ,has been preserved in the largest cities as well as in the smallest villages of Italy. Their history is always unique and distinctive and if we consider them as a whole they create an harmonious polyphony of tradition and culture.

The first wave of emigration started at the end of the nineteenth century towards Europe and the Mediterranean coast , while at the beginning of the twentieth, emigration became a mass phenomenon towards North and South America. After this long experience ,the Italian people, being sadly forced to separate from their land , have maintained a spiritual as well as affective bond with their places of origin.

A connection which has marked the upbringing of their children, has shaped their social and business relationships, in a word, has brought the Italian spirit into the heart of the host nation.

In doing so Italians have shown how strong and intact the sense of being part of their nation and their place of birth is.

When we sets out on the adventure of talking about Italy through the history and culture of its villages we also want to pay homage to all those Italians who demonstrated great strength in difficult living conditions far from their homeland. They have kept alive ,through their memories as well as through their way of living , the strong belief of being part of an indivisible community, rich in spirit of initiative and humanity.

Whether we like it or not our age is an age of globalization .Talking about Italy through the variety of its villages is a way to claim diversity as a value and discover through the various traditions, usages and customs, an opportunity for meeting one another , that as such, represents a chance of ethical and cultural growth for all of us.
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