Think You Know Italy?

Italy is full of cultural gems, drawing millions of tourists to the country each year, but shockingly, many Italians are not aware of them! The recent results of a survey sponsored by a beverage company have revealed how little some Italians know about the wealth of cultural heritage within their midst.

Some 56 percent of those surveyed said they had never heard of Venice’s famous Rialto Bridge, while six out of ten thought that Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ is in Florence, rather than in Milan. Equally puzzling is that a large number of individuals questioned associated Alberobello, a town in Puglia famous for its unique trulli homes, with the former Formula 1 racing driver, Michele Alboreto. It was also revealed that many believed that Certosa di Pavia, a famous monastery in Lombardy, is actually a type of cheese. Meanwhile, 53 percent thought that the Cascate dell Marmore, a manmade waterfall created by the ancient Romans, is in the Alps. In fact it is in the central Italian region of Umbria.

Perhaps most curious was that 39 percent believed that Sicily’s Valley of the Temples was located in Egypt. Some 4,000 people, aged between 18 and 65, took part in the study. Italian men fared the worst, with 56 percent admitting that they didn’t know of their country’s most famous tourism and heritage sights, compared with 48 percent of women.

Yet another reason to read The Italian Tribune, where we cover these sites on an ongoing basis.

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