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The A to Z of Italian Wonders
Italy is the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to some of the world’s greatest inventions. It’s the country that brought us travel innovations like the internal combustion engine, helicopters and jetboats, as well as modern medicine and the radio.
With flights to Rome and flights to Venice you can enjoy the real flavour of Italy. You could drink an original espresso or a stronger vermouth in the stylish surrounds of their homeland. Then you could hop on the Pendolino through Italy’s beautiful countryside, a high speed train designed in Italy and relied upon across the world, which takes curves at speed by tilting.
Our A-Z of Italian inventions shows you that you probably rely on something Italian in your everyday life, though you probably had no idea! Experience a taste of Italian life on a cheap trip to Italy.
Ambulance – the first ambulance service (run by horse-drawn carts) was instituted in 1244 in Florence.
Bank – the Bank of San Giorgio, the world’s first public bank, opened for business in Genoa, Italy in 1149.
Condoms – invented by Gabriele Falloppio from Modena, in 1564.
Dentures – developed by the Etruscans, ancient Tuscans, in 700 BC.
Espresso machine – invented by Angelo Moriondo in 1884 in Turin.
Frogmen – also known as combat swimmers (or incursori in Italy) these are men trained to swim in a military capacity. Their record can be traced back to World War I.
Geothermal energy – first harnessed to heat public baths in Aquae Sulis (Bath, England) by Roman Engineers.
Highways – the first highway, known in Italian as the Autostrada, was built in 1921.
Internal combustion engine – the first four-cylinder engine.
Jet boat – first demonstrated in Venice in 1932 by Italian engineer Secondo Campini, from Bologna.
Knockout mice – these are laboratory mice, genetically engineered to help scientists study the function of genes.
Liposuction – medical procedure invented by Dr Giorgio Fischer in 1974.
Medical School – the first medical school was the Schola Medica Salernitana in Salerno, southern Italy.
Newspaper – Notizie Scritte, the first newspaper, started circulating in Venice in 1563.
Oxygen rebreather – commonly used by maritime forces in the early twentieth century; they’re the inspiration for modern scuba diving.
Pendolino – a tilting train developed by Fiat Ferroviaria in the 1960s.
Quick release skewer – designed to help you attach a wheel to a bicycle was invented by Tullio Campagnolo, from Vicenza, in 1927.
Radio – first long-range transmission by Guglielmo Marconi in 1895.
Scissors – the first scissors to work on a pivot were invented by Romans around 100 AD.
Typewriter – the first practical and perfectly working typewriter invented by Pellegrino Turri in 1808.
Violin – first appeared in the Brescia area of northern Italy around the early 1500s.
Watermill – the Romans, along with the Greeks, were the first to operate the most common forms of watermill.
X-Rays – discovered by Nobel Prize-winning Physicist, Genoa-born Riccardo Giacconi.
Yo-yos – one of the most famous yo-yo designs, the RooYo, features an innovative golfball-like dimple finish, meant to lessen friction when doing grind tricks.
Zamboni pile – an early electrostatic battery, invented by Giuseppe Zamboni in 1812.