Imagine how life would be without pizza or pasta. Or Parma ham, or Mortadella or wine. I would not want to live in a world without it and I guess neither would you. But what about the Renaissance with its wonderful painters and sculptors like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Bernini. And what about law, streets and concrete? All things that were first developed or perfected in Italy should be grateful at some point in time.
But Italy didn't just give us great food and art, it also helped spreading Greek and Roman culture, philosophy, science and religion all over Europe and later huge parts of our world. It is said that Western Civilization was built on three hills: The Acropolis hill in Athens, the Capitoline Hill in Rome and Golgotha in Jerusalem.