In Italy, the number thirteen is held as lucky because it is associated with the "Great Goddess," who is responsible for fertility and lunar cycles. Many Italians believe the number thirteen brings prosperity and life, and it is seen as especially lucky when gambling.
In the Western Hemisphere, the number thirteen is commonly associated with a negative superstition of being unlucky. However, in Italy, the number seventeen is associated with bad luck. When written in Roman Numerals, XVII, seventeen can be rearranged to spell the Roman word VIXI which means "I have lived." This phrase was often written on ancient gravestones. In Arabic numerals, seventeen resembles hanging gallows, so it is still considered unlucky.Learn More
The concept of a mafia has deep ties to Italy, with the word "mafia" first being used to describe independent paramilitary groups on the Italian island of Sicily, and while Italian-American mafias generally operate as sovereign entities, these organizations take cultural influence from Italy. For example, though American mobsters typically do not have direct connections to Italian mafia members, Italian-American mafias tend to use Italian mafia words and concepts such as "omerta," a code of conduct that forbids mafia members from providing information to the government. The word "mafia" itself has strong ties to Italy; though the word has taken on an English meaning, "mafia" is a Sicilian Italian word, an adjective that describes a blend of elegance and courage.Full Answer >
Some of the most common reasons why people from all parts of the world travel to Italy are to experience its rich culture, cuisine, art, history and fashion. Considered the birthplace of Western culture, the country houses the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites and more than half of the high arts, monuments and attractions of the entire world, according to Roman Homes.Full Answer >
Enjoyed by residents and tourists alike, the most popular type of food in Italy is pasta. Popular pasta dishes in Italy include Rigatoni alla Carbonara, Spaghetti con le vongole, Fettucine Alfredo and Penne alla Bolognese.Full Answer >
There are over 260 rivers in Italy. The top 10 rivers in Italy, according to Life In Italy, are the Po, Adige, Piave, Savio, Tiber, Alcantara, Arno, Coghinas, Belice and the Cenischa.Full Answer >