Are you ready to test your knowledge of Italian culture and history? Here are 19 tricky questions divided into 4 categories. See how many you can get right. We’ll publish the answers next week
A sculpture by Bruno Banana?
1. Which contemporary Italian sculptor, famous for his bronze spheres, is named after a fruit?
2. What was the nickname of the composer of Le Quattro Stagioni?
3. Who was the pizza Margherita named after and why?
4. Several Italian female first names are taken from flowers. Name at least 5
5. A number of Italian male names end with the letter ‘a’. Name at least 5
6. The Cambridge English Dictionary defines ‘volt’ as “the standard unit used to measure how strongly an electrical current is sent around an electrical system”. Too complicated for me! Where does the name for this unit of measurement come from?
7. Which important treaty was signed in Rome on the 25th of March 1957 by six European countries, and why was it created?
8. Which pre-Roman culture invented the stone arch?
9. In 1860 Giuseppe Garibaldi lead a group of volunteers, known as I Mille, to conquer il Regno delle Due Sicilie in the south of Italy. Where did the landing take place?
10. Which victory does the colonna Traiana (Trajan’s column) celebrate?
11. One of Italy’s biggest cities, it was founded by the Greeks in the 8th century BC and takes its modern day name from the Greek for ‘new city’. What is it called?
12. Which is the longest river in Italy?
13. Which is the highest mountain in Italy?
14. What is the name of the mountain range that forms the dorsal spine of Italy?
15. In which geographical area of Italy is most rice cultivated?
16. In which church can you admire Il Cenacolo di Leonardo Da Vinci (Da Vinci’s Last Supper)?
17. Which famous Italian villa, with its impressive array of fountains, nymphs, and grottoes, inspired some of Liszt most famous piano works.
18. Once upon a time it was the capital city of the western Roman Empire. What is its name, and which works of art is it famous for?
19. He was described by the chronicler Giovanni Villani as “the most sovereign master of painting in his time, who drew all his figures and their postures according to nature”. Who painted the influential medieval frescoes shown in the photo above?