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Learn About Italy in Your Homeschool

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Learn about Italy with this fun unit study!  The food, the music, so many famous people makes this country so interesting.  Plus each area has its own personality!  Not to mention, Rome plays a major role in ancient history!  Check out all the resources below and grab the FREE printable portion.

Note: For ideas on how to organize your unit study and see the other 12 countries in this series, visit the Learn Countries of the World page.

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Printables to Learn About Italy

The printable portion of the unit study contains Italy Notebooking Pages, a Map Scavenger Hunt, a Following Directions activity, a math activity about Italian currency, Famous People notebooking pages, and book summaries.  Grab all 23 pages below and gain access to the printables from the other 12 unit studies, too!

Printable notebooking pages for Italy FREE Unit Study.

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Videos About Italy

This video is a good introduction to learn about Italy.  (6:28 minutes)

Another good overview to learn about Italy.  (8:23 minutes)

Video about Ancient Rome (4:51 minutes)

Research More About Italy

Kids World Travel Guide contains a lot of information to learn about Italy along with beautiful pictures.

Ducksters has a variety of information about Italy including information about the geography, economy, and government of Italy as well as famous Italians with links to learn more about them.

National Geographic Kids has a slideshow of related pictures, fast facts, the history of Italy and more.

Cool Kid Facts has a narrative version of facts about Italy written in a larger font making it a good place for younger children to learn.

Hands On Activities

Leaning Tower of Pisa -make with toilet paper roll and white pipe cleaners.  And watch this video about it.

Gondola -use this template to make your own gondola or challenge your children to make one on their own.  Check out this video about gondolas.

Mt. Vesuvius -check out these resources for making your own Mt. Vesuvius. Or get this kit to make your own volcano.  Here is a video to watch with it.

The Sistine Chapel -tape paper under a table and have your children lay under it and paint to mimic how Michelangelo would have painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  Here is a video showing details of the ceiling. (Note: there is nudity in the paintings.)

Make Italian Food

You could have a family pizza night or cook up some pasta with a simple tomato sauce (this is my favorite).  Or find an authentic recipe over at Recipes of Italy.  Here are a few to get you started.

Pasta e Fagioli

Bolognese Meat Sauce

Stuffed Tomatoes

Squash Risotto


Some of our Italian dinner:

Four plates of caprese salads with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil.
Triangular piece of tiramisu on a white plate with a fork.

Famous Italians

Included in the printable portion of the unit study there are notebooking pages for the following famous people of Italy.  Here are some resources to research them:

Cicero: Research, Video

Julius Caesar: Research, Who Was Julius Caesar?, Video

Marco Polo: Research, Who Was Marco Polo?, Video

Leonardo da Vinci: Research, Who Was Leonardo da Vinci?, Magic Tree House, Fact Tracker, Video

Check out the FREE Leonardo da Vinci study here.

Michelangelo: Research, Book and book, Video

Galileo Galilei: Research, Who Was Galileo?, Video

Benito Mussolini: Research,  Video

Sofia Loren: Video for older students

Mario Andretti: Research, Video about childhood experience with World War 2Video about his racing.

Andrea Bocelli: Research, Performance Video

Play Italian Music

Find an Italian playlist on your favorite streaming service or listen to this collection from

Learn Italian

Rock ‘N Learn offers 30 minutes videos for a variety of categories of Italian words.  Aimed toward younger learners.

This a good beginner Italian video to expose older students to common phrases.

Listen to common picture books in Italian.

Duolingo is another free way to learn Italian.

Non-fiction Books to Learn About Italy

Books from some of our favorite series:

C is for Ciao: An Italy Alphabet (Discover the World)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Grodin, Elissa D. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages - 12/09/2008 (Publication Date) - Sleeping Bear Press (Publisher)

G is for Gladiator: An Ancient Rome Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Alphabets)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Shoulders, Michael (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages - 06/29/2010 (Publication Date) - Sleeping Bear Press (Publisher)

Where Is the Colosseum?
  • O'Connor, Jim (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 01/24/2017 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)

What Was Pompeii?
  • O'Connor, Jim (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 03/13/2014 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)

Fiction Books About Italy

There are many children’s books set in Italy.  Here are just a few to get you started.

The Strega Nona Series by Tomie de Paola is a great set of books set in Italy for preschool and primary grade children.

Strega Nona
  • Literature Favorites Strega Nona
  • Tomie dePaola (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages - 09/03/1979 (Publication Date) - Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Publisher)


Other books for elementary grades:

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Vacation Under The Volcano
  • Osborne, Mary Pope (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 96 Pages - 03/24/1998 (Publication Date) - Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

Galen: My Life in Imperial Rome
  • Hardcover Book
  • Moss, Marissa (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 48 Pages - 10/01/2002 (Publication Date) - HMH Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

Gladiator Fight for Freedom
  • Scarrow, Simon (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 352 Pages - 11/22/2011 (Publication Date) - Puffin (Publisher)

Math and Science Themed:

Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Hardcover Book
  • D'Agnese, Joseph (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages - 03/30/2010 (Publication Date) - Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (Publisher)

Galileo's Leaning Tower Experiment: A Science Adventure
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Hardcover Book
  • Macdonald, Wendy (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 02/01/2009 (Publication Date) - Charlesbridge (Publisher)

Middle School:

Daughter of Venice
  • Napoli, Donna Jo (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 288 Pages - 12/09/2003 (Publication Date) - Laurel Leaf (Publisher)

GETORIX: The Eagle and the Bull: Celtic Adventure in Ancient Rome
  • Geary, Judith (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 262 Pages - 07/07/2016 (Publication Date) - Foster Books (Publisher)

Mystery of the Roman Ransom
  • Winterfeld, Henry (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages - 11/01/2002 (Publication Date) - Clarion Books (Publisher)

Detectives in Togas
  • Winterfeld, Henry (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 272 Pages - 11/01/2002 (Publication Date) - Clarion Books (Publisher)

Movies About Italy

Dream of Italy from PBS has six episodes, each just under 30 minutes, that take you to different areas in Italy.

Rick Steves’ Europe has several episodes about different parts of Italy.  25 minutes each.

Roman Holiday (1953): Best for ages 9 and up.  Included with Amazon Prime membership.

The Lizzy McGuire Movie (2003) is set in Italy and can be rented through Amazon.  Ages 7+

The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996) is available to rent through Amazon.

“Go to” Italy

Here are 20+ museums in Italy with links to their virtual tours.

Here is another list of five museums with virtual tours.

Check out one of these 35 webcams around Italy!

Download Printable Activities

What other activities have you used to learn about Italy?

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Valerie

    This is just fantastic!!! Thank you!!

    1. Randi Smith

      You are welcome!

  2. Debi

    Thank you for this series of studies. We are working through the Magic Tree House books in chronological historical order and this unit is just in time for an upcoming unit based on 2 of the MTH books which take place in Rome.

    1. Randi Smith

      Awesome! Glad the timing worked out so well!

  3. Brenda

    Wow! This is fantastic! Thank you ?

    1. Randi Smith

      You are welcome! We are enjoying it ourselves! 🙂

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