Italy is famous for a few things, not just pasta or pizza where every non-italians think that is all about italy!
There are another two ‘exports’ that Italy is famous for, and which is also what we are proud of when we travel around the world. People always asks what is Italy famous for… and here’s the two things we feel we need to share more!
1. Classical Violins
Do you know that violin is first invented in Italy? The creator of the first ever violin is Andrea Amati, way back in 1500s. Amati created the first model of the violin, and then went on to create model of the viola too.
Not only that, his sons continued his legacy to modify and create their own models of the violin. Here’s more about Amati vioin.
However, despite being the first creator of violin, Amati’s violins is not as famous as his disciples – Antonio Stradivari, and Andrea Guarneri. The violins created by these 2 disciples since hundreds of years ago have been passed down generations to generations, and have been played by different famous violinists through the ages.
Today, some of these violins costs millions and millions of dollars at auction houses. Many believed these violins can command such high prices because of the top quality of wood used to make the violin, only exist in the era of Stradivari and Guarneri… and the wood cannot be found today.
Watch the video above to have a feel of what an expensive violin sounds like!
After Italy, there are many other famous violin creators in the world, mostly in Europe. The art of violin making is originated from Italy, and has spread the art to other parts of the world.
Of course, today, Italy violins are getting less and less, as many other countries have picked up the art of violin making. China, probably the largest ‘factory’ in the world, also has some top notch violin makers who can product top end quality violins too.
But if you are looking for a real violin which rich history, go for an Italian one!
Have you always love the music of violin and hope to learn one day? Violin is very accessible to everyone these days. You can sign up for a violin class in Singapore, get a simple violin first, and then start your class.
When you progress further, then upgrade your violin to a higher end one (preferably one from Italy!)
That’s all for Part 1 !
What else if Italy famous for? Lookout for the next post!