Italy Children and School
How is school in Italy?
Children in Italy can attend a kindergarten, the Scuola dell’Infanzia, before school. It’s voluntary. In many kindergartens it is common for the little ones to wear a smock apron. Then they go to elementary school for five years. This is the Scuola Primaria. They start school when they are six.
They then switch to middle school (Scuola Secondaria di Primo Grado) for three years. Up to this point, all children go to school together. So they are not yet being split. As with us, lessons are taught in school classes – but there is less discussion than with us, the lessons are more frontal: the teacher stands in front and tells.
At the age of 14, you continue in a high school (Liceo) or in a vocational school. There are high schools with different orientations, classical-humanistic, scientific, modern-language or artistic. The upper level lasts five years, but may be shortened to four years.
The English classes will begin in elementary school. In the German-speaking schools in South Tyrol, however, the first foreign language is Italian. There are also Ladin-speaking schools in South Tyrol. In the Aosta Valley, lessons are in French and Italian. Another foreign language can be learned from the 6th grade onwards. Latin is often added in high school.
There are also grades in Italy. They range from 0 to 10. 10 is the top grade and is also called Eccelente. With a grade between 0 and 5 you have unfortunately failed, so you have to achieve at least a 6. There are two certificates per school year, one in February and one in June. Check itypemba to see schooling information in other European countries.
The Abitur is now officially called Esame di Stato (State Final Examination), but it is mostly still referred to by the old name Maturità.
How do children live in Italy?
As with us, many Italian children today grow up without siblings. On average, every woman in Italy has 1.5 children (1.4 here). The Bambini (children) are often treated like little heirs to the throne. Even as toddlers, they like to be spruced up. By the way, older children are called Ragazzi.
Many parents buy their offspring branded clothing and expensive toys – if they can afford it. Not all families have enough money. There is often a lack of this, especially in the south of the country. Here unemployment is also much higher than in the north.
Italian children usually eat a croissant or bread with jam for breakfast. There is also warm milk. Pasta is popular for lunch or dinner. These are the Italian noodles and they come in countless variations and with many different sauces. Many families cook twice a day, so there is often hot food. This can also be a dish with rice or polenta. Often there are even two main courses: After the first course with pasta, there is a dish with meat or fish.
They like to go to the sea with their parents. It’s not far away anywhere in Italy. Romping in the waves and building castles on the beach without having to go on vacation – that’s great!
And what are the names of the Italian children?
The most popular boys names are Francesco, Alessandro, Lorenzo, Andrea, Leonardo, Mattia, Matteo, Gebriele, Ricardo, and Tommaso. By the way, you read that right: Andrea and Gabriele are male first names in Italy. With us that would be Andreas and Gabriel.
The most popular girl names are Sofia, Giulia, Aurora, Giorgia, Martina, Emma, Greta, Chiara, Sara and Alice.
The most common surname is Rossi. That means “the redhead”. The next most common surnames are Russo, Ferrari, Esposito, Bianchi, Romano, and Colombo.
Pinocchio is a character from a children’s book. The small wooden figure that becomes a lively boy after all kinds of adventures is also very well known to us. It was invented by the Italian Carlo Collodi. He renamed himself Collodi after his place of residence, actually his name was Carlo Lorenzini. Today there is a Pinocchio Park in Collodi and you can buy small Pinocchio figurines everywhere.
Fiat and Ferrari
Fiat and Ferrari are probably the best-known car brands from Italy. Fiat also owns Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Lancia. Fiat is short for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino. That means Italian Automobile Factory Turin. The head office is namely in Turin.
Ferrari builds sports cars and cars for Formula 1. The company was founded in 1947 by Enzo Ferrari, a racing driver.
The whizzing wasp
Typical vehicles in Italy are the Vespa and the Ape. Vespa means wasp and ape means bee. The Vespa is a motor scooter and the Ape is a small transporter with three wheels. Both have the advantage that they can get along well in narrow streets – and there are plenty of them in Italy.
Both are manufactured by the Piaggio company. They came on the market for the first time in 1946 and 1947. After the war they were cheap models that many people found easier to acquire than a car.
The Venice Carnival is world famous for its colorful costumes and elaborate masks. Today it has also become an attraction for tourists. Ten days before Ash Wednesday the hustle and bustle begins with the angel flight. An artist hovers on a rope over St. Mark’s Square, a famous square in Venice. There is then a parade and prizes are awarded to the most beautiful costumes.
The most famous operas were written by Italians. These composers are called Verdi, Puccini and Rossini. In fact, Italy is considered the birthplace of opera. One of the most famous opera houses in the world is the Scala in Milan. And famous opera singers also come from Italy, such as Enrico Caruso, Luciano Pavarotti or Andrea Bocelli.
Sports – football, formula 1 and bike races
Sport is very popular in Italy. Football is particularly popular. In Italian it is called Calcio (pronounced: Kaltscho). Clubs like Inter Milan or Juventus Turin are also very successful internationally. This also applies to the Italian national team. Italy has been world champion four times, namely in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006. Motorsport, cycling and skiing are also popular.