This book is suitable for ages 9-14. Italy's long history began with the Etruscans in the north, followed by the rise of the Roman Empire and the many wars that led to the rebirth and prosperity of Italian cities. The Italian Renaissance and its role in the arts and sciences is featured along with the strength of the Italian family. Candid photographs show what life is like in Italy including education, sports, and fashion. The topics covered include: the Roman Empire and life in early Rome; Marco Polo and Galileo Galilei; the struggle during WWII and Italy's rebirth; modern Italy; the Italian people, their families and customs; city and country life; school and the Montessori method; soccer, bocce, and how to play morra; and, famous for fashion and food - make your own pizza!