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Italian “firsts”

There have been a number of Italian “firsts” throughout history (perhaps too many to count), but here are just a few of Italians’ contributions to history as the “first” to do or create something.

By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com

Columbus Ship

New Land:

Obviously this week we pay tribute to Cristoforo Colombo. After 523 years, we still celebrate his birthday and honor his first discovery of a new land.

Blue Jeans:

Blue jeans originated from Genoa in the 17th century, where the very durable cloth (then a reddish-rust color) was used by sailors. The term was coined by the French referring to the material that came from Genes. Mr. Levi Stauss, under contract with the Genovese manufactures, brought it to America.  He was very successful in the new world and when Levi Straussthe Genovese could no longer fulfill all of his needs, he went to a new manufacturer in Nimes, France. Thus the new material, now blue, was referred to the one that came from de Nimes (denim).


Newspapers can be traced back to Venice in 1556, when the local government published a monthly hand written news-sheet called AVVISI.   It carried Political, military and economic news only.


The first thermometer was made by Italian inventor Santorio Santorio (1561–1636) of Padova.


The first whirlpool bath was in fact designed as a hydrotherapeutic device to soothe pain.  It was invented by Candido Jacuzzi in 1949.


First battery was invented by a man named Alessandro Volta (1745 -1827) from Como.

Rosario Mariani is the owner/CEO of Europe By Choice, which promotes travel to Italy and other select European countries. He has more than 40 years of experience in the travel industry, previously serving as Director of Italy Product for Italiatour and Club ABC Tours, and also in other positions with EuroFly, Alitalia and Air France.

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