Welcome to the Department of Italian at Rutgers
At the forefront of European and world culture for the last three millennia, Italy holds 44 Unesco World Heritage sites (more than any other country), and about 70% of the world’s recognized art is located on Italian territory. Its long tradition of architects, artists, composers, writers, singers, and actors has more recently been increased by its accomplishments in other fields, such as cuisine, fashion, and design, but also science and technology. The Italian Ambassador to the United States, Claudio Bisogniero, proclaimed 2013 as the year of Italian Culture in the US, with a particular emphasis on the image of Italy in the future. We expect to see many events take shape in the year ahead and the Rutgers Italian Department will be an active participant in this initiative.