Italian Studies



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Franco Baldasso
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Italian civilization needs no presentation, as its present and past artistic, poetic and cultural achievements passionately engage with the major questions of today’s world. Italy boasts the largest number of UNESCO sites: from Roman and Greek heritage to Medieval architecture, from the stunning achievements of the Renaissance to the the charm of its cinema. Italy’s controversial modern politics and its history of a migrating nation all contribute to the allure of a civiltà that is not only the cradle of Western Civilization, but also a place of encounter for cultures, people and ideas. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean sea, Italy plays today a key role in the challenging negotiations between Europe, Africa and the Middle-East.