The word rinascita, or rebirth, has never sounded so beautiful. We pronounce it ree-nah-she-tah, and it has the same root and origin as Rinascimento, or Renaissance, that period in Italian and European history that gave us Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raffaello and Lorenzo de’ Medici.
Rinascita is a noun that comes from a verb, rinascere (to be reborn), which in turn is cousin with nascere (to be born).
A “rinascita” is something that brings light into your life and lifts you up from trouble and worry, just like it happens with the phoenix rising from its own ashes; indeed, the phoenix (we call it fenice in Italian) is a common symbol of rebirth and renewal, in all cultures.
But we can’t talk about rinascita without spending at least a word or two about Rinascimento, that time period between the mid 14th and the end of the 16th century where the arts and the sciences flourished, and Italy became the heart of the world. Some may argue about the dates, especially that of its beginning: truth is that the Renaissance started in Italy much earlier than everywhere else, so while the rest of the world was still living a Medieval lifestyle, the Belpaese was toying with Classics again and rediscovering the centrality of Man in the universe.
In this particular moment of our history, the word rinascita seems particularly meaningful. During the lockdown, nature breathed fresher air and found itself reborn after decades of human abuse.
Many of us, while cocooning or isolating at home, had time to look into themselves and reflect about their goals, aims and future, sparking a rinascita of sort, a less materialistic and more spiritual, simple approach to life.
But rinascita is also that of Italy — and the world — in this long and difficult phase of cohabitation with the virus: we are all reborn, as it often happens after great tragedies and great traumas.
Per Marco, il nuovo lavoro è stato una vera e propria rinascita.
Marco was truly reborn thanks to his new job.
Grazie al turismo, questo villaggio sta vivendo una rinascita meravigliosa.
Thanks to tourism, this village has been given a beautiful second lease of life.
Verso la fine del campionato, si è assistito alla rinascita della squadra.
Towards the end of the championship, the team was reborn.