Haveyou ever wanted to travel back in time? Well, then allow me to takeyou on a journey to Europe’sItaly! Italy is a country full of many magnificent things, butspecifically, it is full of culture, history,and religion. Culture is a very important part of Italy.
In Italythey speak Italian but most everyone knows at least a little English.A lot of Italians can speak or at least understand some Spanishbecause it is so similar to Italian. My title means ‘Hello! Goodbye!’in Italian. In Italy they use euros for money. I like euros becausethe bills have pictures of places like the Colosseum and I think thatthey are much prettier than US dollars.
Euro bills are differentcolors too, rather than all being green. Italy is famous for pizza,but if you go expecting American pizza, you will be disappointed.Italians like to put things on pizza that Americans would think arestrange. I actually had a slice of pizza with french fries on it!Italians usually eat in 9 courses. You would start out with a drink,probably wine, then you would have a bread, cheese, and hamappetizer. After that you would have the ‘first course’, a hot dish,usually a type of pasta. Then the ‘second course’, the main dish,usually some kind of meat with potatoes. Next, the ‘side dish’ thatcould be salad or cooked vegetables.
Then some kind of cheese andfruits. After that you would have dessert, which could be cakes,tiramisu, cookies, or gelato. Then they serve coffee. At the end, youwould probably have more wine. Going to Italy is like walking into a historymuseum. There are buildings that are over a thousand years old! Thereare many famous historic landmarks in Italy. The Colosseum, in Rome,was completed in 80 AD, and is approximately 1,938 years old! ThePantheon is another old historic landmark.
It was completed in 126AD! That makes it approximately 1,892 years old! Trevi Fountain,completed in 1762, is not extremely old, but it is still a veryfamous historic landmark. There are many famous historic landmarks inItaly. In Italy religion is everywhere. Roman Catholicismis the main religion in Italy. I went to Italy this fall, and I wentto Assisi. In Assisi, they elevate Saint Francis because he wasoriginally from Assisi. I went to Saint Francis’s tomb and therewhere dozens of people praying to him while holding candles.
It wassad to see so many people worshiping and praying to this dead man totake away their sins. They do not know or understand that he has nopower. Monks and nuns are everywhere.
If the rope they have tiedaround their waist has three knots it means that they belong to thechurch of Saint Francis. In conclusion, Italy is a beautiful countryoverflowing with culture, history, and religion. I went to Italy inOctober and I hope to go again because it is an amazing experience.Italy is a remarkable place that I highly recommend you visit if youever get the chance.