The Italian Language
Known for being the language of music, and for its influence in fashion, design, and culinary arts, Italian is spoken by 64 million people worldwide. In Italy, where it is the official language, nearly 56 million people speak the language. It is also the language of the Vatican City.
Stemming heavily from Latin, the Italian language developed from Tuscan, a literary language. Italian’s Latin roots also carry over into its writing system, which uses the Latin alphabet and contains 21 letters. Outside of Italy, it is one of the most common languages of the European Union, and there are speaking communities in Switzerland, South America, and the United States.