Italian culture is the result of thousands of years of legacy and tradition that can be traced all the way back to the Ancient Roman Empire and beyond. The arts, family, architecture, music, and food are all important aspects of Italian culture. It was also a significant center of the Renaissance and the birthplace of fascism under Benito Mussolini, and it was home to the Roman Empire and legendary individuals such as Julius Caesar and Nero. For ages, culture has flourished in the Italian peninsula. As of 1 January 2020, Italy has a population of around 59.6 million people, according to the Italian National Institute of Statistics. Although there are numerous different nationalities in Italy, ethnic Italians make up about 96 percent of the population. Italian is the country’s official language. According to the BBC, almost 93 percent of the Italian population speaks Italian as their first language. Sardinian, Friulian, Neapolitan, Sicilian, Ligurian, Piedmontese, Venetian, and Calabrian are some of the dialects of the language spoken in the country. In Milan, Milanese is also spoken. Albanian, Bavarian, Catalan, Cimbrian, Corsican, Croatian, French, German, Greek, Slovenian, and Walser are some of the other languages spoken by native Italians. Italians like spending time with their family and have numerous family gatherings. “Children are raised to stay close to their families as they grow older and to integrate their future family into the bigger network,” Wagner added.