Italy holds a soft spot in my heart. You can’t study the countries of the world in your homeschool without exploring Italy, so these resources for learning about Italy can help.
This post is part of the Ways to Help Kids Learn About the Nations Series
OK, so I get super excited when speaking about Italy. I act like I spend tons of time there with how passionate I am about the country.
The truth is, I didn’t spend much time in Italy at all. However, it was enough to know that I just HAVE to visit it again once more before leaving this earth – God willing.
My Brief Italian Adventure
One of the reasons I joined the military was travel. Coming from the Bronx, New York, and getting into bad things like I did made me think I would never have the opportunity.
So, I found a way to defeat those odds. I was eventually stationed in Spain, and it was truly the best thing that could have happened for my dream of traveling.
I was sent to conferences all over Europe, and I was grateful for every moment of it. Hands-down the most intriguing and awe-inspiring place I have ever been to was Italy.
I was traveling to Naples for a conference with one of the command’s highest enlisted officers. The conference ended early, and we had a long weekend before heading home.
We both knew what to do. There was no other choice but to head off for a short tourist adventure to Rome via train.
My neck literally had a crick in it for a week after leaving Rome. The incredible architecture stories up in the air – the colossal Colosseum – we were literally in awe. We walked for hours on end visiting every site we could reach by foot.
I could go on and on about it. Did I tell you I visited the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, and Catacombs? I am done now, I promise.
Italy is an amazing country to visit and an even more interesting place to study in your homeschool. With virtual tours, your kids can at least take a visual through the most breathtaking places in Italy.
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Explore these free resources for learning about Italy:
All About Italy FREE Resource | Globe Trottin’ Kids
FREE Italy Printables Read, Color and Learn About Italy for Kids | 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Italy FREE Unit Study | Peanut Butter Fish Lessons
FREE Beginners Italian Printables | Montessori Academy
Fun Facts About Italy That Will Amaze You! | Lazy Travel Blog
Italy Song – Learn Facts About Italy the Musical Way | Jeography Songs
Read Color and Learn about ITALY | Kindergarten Worksheets and Games
A Day in Italy (Around the World Series) | News with Naylors
FREE Italy Printable Pack | Case of Adventure
Facts about Italy FREE Resource Page | Making Friends
Fun Facts About Italy For Kids: Italy Facts for Kids They’ll Love | Learning Escapes
28 Fun Facts About Italy | Diana’s Healthy Living
Italy Facts for Kids | Kids World Travel Guide
About Italy | TheSchoolRun
Resource about Italy | National Geographic Kids
Geography for Kids: Italy | Ducksters
Italy Facts: Check Out This Beautiful Country! | NatGeoKids
All About Italy For Kids | Italian Dual Citizenship
Fun Italy Facts | Cool Kid Facts
School-Age Kids Resource – Italy | AtoZ Kids Stuff
Grab resources to teach basic Italian to your kids:
Simple Italian Lessons for Kids: Lezione 1 | The Chirping Moms
Italian For Kids – Language Resources for Kids Learning Italian | Bilingual KidSpot
Simple Italian Lessons for Kids: Numeri, Counting in Italian | The Chirping Moms
Learn Italian for Kids – Numbers, Colors & More (Video) | Rock ‘N Learn
Add some activities all about Italy to your lessons:
FREE Italy Lesson Plans, Games, Activities | MrDonn.org
A Crafty Italian Cultural Lesson! | Make the Best of Everything
Expedition Earth ~ Italy | Confession of a Homeschooler
Italy Resources from Crafts to Cooking | Eclectic-Homeschooling
Arts and crafts to go alongside your lessons about Italy:
19 Italy Inspired Arts & Crafts for Kids | Piccolo Italiano
Paper Plate Pizza Craft Idea | She Saved
Pop-Up Italian Roman Arenas | arteaScuola.com
Spaghetti with The Yeti – Kid Craft Idea w/FREE Printable | Glued to my Crafts
Michelangelo Resource for Kids | Happy Homeschool Nest
10 Magnificent Michelangelo Art Projects For Kids | Arsty Craftsy Mom
Leonardo da Vinci Art Projects for School Kids | Happy Homeschool Nest
Italy Map Coloring Page Color Online | Coloring Pages 101
Try cooking Italian food with your kids:
Kid-Friendly Italian recipes | Learning Escapes
5 Italian Dishes Kids Can Make | HowStuffWorks
Italian Cooking for Kids | Great Chicago Italian Recipes
Great Chicago Italian Cooking for Kids | Cooking for Kids
Italian Cooking Lesson | Kids Cooking Activities
Books to check out of the near-by library:
Simple Italian Lessons for Kids: Our Favorite Books | The Chirping Moms
What to Read Wednesday: Italy Books for Kids | Learning Table
Books About Italy For Kids | Castle View Academy
Kids’ Books Set in Italy | The Educational Tourist
Exploring Italy Through Children’s Books | Table Life Blog
Enjoy virtual tours all around Italy:
Italy with Kids: Virtual Tour & Global Learning Guide | Local Passport Family
9 Virtual Tours Of Italy To Explore The Magical Country From Home | Flourishmentary
Our Best Virtual Tours of Italian Cities and Museums | The Roman Guy
8 Wonderful Virtual Tours of Italy | The Crowded Planet
These videos provide visual learning tools to teach kids about Italy:
Introducing Italy | A KG
Italy: Facts & History | kidcyber
A wonderful way to wrap up your study on Italy is to talk about Ancient Rome as it pertains to God’s Word and Christian history.
Paul at Rome Kids Bible Lesson | Learning Scriptures
FREE Paul Writes Letters from Prison | Mission Bible Class
Make a Poster Map of the Roman Empire (Acts) | Future Flying Saucers
FREE Ancient Rome Unit Study | Homeschool Helper Online
Sorry if I was a little overly excited about Italy, it was just such a wonderful experience for me. I hope these resources for learning about Italy can help you get a glimpse of the Italy experience.
Here are a few interesting facts about Rome you can share with your kids to complete your lessons:
-There are three actual independent countries within the land of Italy: Vatican City, San Marino, and of course, Italy.
-Pizza was invented in Naples, Italy (I have had a Naples, Italy pizza!).
-85% of Italians are Roman Catholic.
-About 70% of all young Italians (18-34) live with their parents. (Note: It was like this in Spain as well. Many people just stay with their parents until they leave the country or gain a family of their own.)
-Italy’s real name is actually the Italian Republic.
-The story of Pinocchio was first published in an Italian newspaper.
-Last but not least, Rome was home to many civilizations. There are remains of many of them still like Etruscans (In Lazio and Tuscany), the Greeks (Sicily, south of Italy), the Romans (Rome, Pompeii, and many other locations), the Normans (Sicily), the Arabs (Sicily), and more.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!