Italy is one of the top five economies in the world, and many employers are seeking people who speak both Italian and English. An estimated 7,500 American companies do business with Italy. A recent study by KPMG has shown that 'Made in Italy' is the third most recognized brand in the world after Coca Cola and Visa. A knowledge of Italian allows you to study the original work of renowned Italian designers such as Versace, Gucci, Armani, Benetton, and Prada, to name but a few, and find employment at one of the world famous Italian fashion houses.
A recent UNESCO report states that over 60% of the world’s art treasures are to be found in Italy.
Italian language is key to study and research in the fields of art history, literature, archaeology and philosophy. Knowing Italian enables you to better appreciate and enjoy classical music. Musicians and opera singers consider it a key professional skill. Mozart wrote more masterpieces in Italian than German. As a culinary leader, Italian is the language with the highest number of words for naming food, restaurants, dishes and produce!
Italian is an official langauge in: Italy, Sardinia, Sicily, San marino, Vatican, Southern Switzerland (Grigioni and Ticino cantons)