Hand made ceramic MACCHIA SU MACCHIA. 3D Dessert plates. by Jade Maitre. Watch the animated picture book for this story . Music has always played an important role in Italian culture and the country is known as the birthplace of the opera. Story Reads: 138,406. Some of the most famous French and German tales stem from Italy (see the Introduction). Some Italian towns and cities are truly special for those in love, also because they have been the backdrop to some of the most famous historic, literary and legendary love stories of all times. The tales here have been modified somewhat. Set of 6 white & blue plain plates. Firenze. ... Add your comment to this story. Scroll down further for more information on famous Italians. Modern day Italians too are upholding the image their forefathers built. Marble tray. SPECIAL PROJECTS. Italian folktales were put down in writing from the Middle Ages (Decameron, legends) and onwards. Custom-made Murano glasses FOUR SEASON HOTEL. The Little Peach Who Spoke Italian. SHOP. SHOP. SPECIAL PROJECTS. A boy falls in love with a peach stone, which he carries around Italy on vacation. Whether it is their risqué stories or heart-warming sonnets or even deep and meaningful poetry, Italian writers have given the world masterpieces of literature. Whether real or not, every Italian knows the names of these lovers , some of them famous because sang by our poets, others simply because they automatically spring to mind when thinking of Italy and love. The first Italian novel is a 17 century love story of Renzo and Lucia who are prevented from marrying and forced to flee by a cruel tyrant on a backdrop of war, revolution, religion and disease. Green Guatemala Marble BRAMANTE VERDE. Handmade ceramic ARCIMBOLDO. Italian Folktales (Fiabe italiane) is a collection of 200 Italian folktales published in 1956 by Italo Calvino.Calvino began the project in 1954, influenced by Vladimir Propp's Morphology of the Folktale; his intention was to emulate the Straparola in producing a popular collection of Italian fairy tales for the general reader. Interestingly, Italian writers have covered all the major genres of writing, be it novels or short stories, poems or sonnets, fiction or non-fiction and so on. STORIES OF ITALY X. Well, one of the best Italian writers of the last century was a Italo Calvino. You mean… aside from Pinocchio, right? SHOP. Some made X-rated films before they were famous, ... which was re-released as Italian Stallion after the actor’s career took off. In Italy, ‘The Betrothed’ holds almost the same status as the writings of Dante and it is generally considered one of the greatest European historical novels.