Italian Inventions

In most western households, forks are a basic part of a table setting — unless you’re all eating is soup.  The relationship Italians have with the fork is certainly crucial. How could we eat spaghetti without one?  When I was …

 Ok, I admit it: this may be far-fetched because it wasn’t Italians who created contact lenses as we know them today. But if it wasn’t for an Italian, they may have never been invented! And guess who’s the Italian I …

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Scientific innovation or inventions may not be the first thing coming to mind in relation to the Bel Paese. No offense to the many Italian scientists, from Trotula to Galileo, all the way to Rita Levi Montalcini, Margherita Hack, and …

Who isn’t familiar with – and tried to solve – the ubiquitous crosswords? Some of them, like those of the Settimana Enigmistica in Italy, the Guardian and the Times in the UK or the New York Times in the US, …

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Did you know that the invention of the sofa bed, the most valuable and essential item in every college student’s apartment, is credited to an Italian American? To be fair, the idea of combining a bed with a sofa is much older, …

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Not many know that the invention of the typewriter as we know it comes from the ingenuity of an Italian attorney from Novara (Piedmont), Giuseppe Ravizza (1811-1885). Because its keys were reminiscent of those of a piano, another famous Italian …

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It may – or may not – come as a surprise to you, but the blue jeans, one of the most iconic symbols of American 20th-century pop culture, are an Italian invention! In fact, if we really want to be …

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Were candles invented in Italy? Well, the claim is partially true, because if we know candles were common among the Greeks, we have also proof they were used by the Etruscans, who lived in the central regions of our peninsula: …

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If you’ve ever been camping, you definitely own one: the ubiquitous foldable chair. You may have one with a full back, or perhaps a simpler, more portable version, the one with legs shaped like an “X” and a seat made …

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