Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2015

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Modern Languages and Literatures

First Advisor

Rotter, Marcel

Second Advisor

Lewis, Betsy

Major or Concentration



In this thesis I am presenting the topic "The German's longing for Italy" or "Germans' Italy-Nostalgia". This paper covers the development of Germans' longing for Italian culture, art, food, fashion, music, landscapes, beaches and the Country's weather. It presents the historical content of how far in history Germans traveled to the Country of their ideals, inspiration and education. This paper contains facts about similarities between both countries, as well as their contrarieties. I am presenting the evidence of development of German's longing, starting at Dürers era in 1494, Winckelmann in 1758, and Goethe in 1786. I am expanding my research up until today, including Hitlers and Mussolinis dictatorships, Italian guest workers immigrating to Germany after Worldwar II, Film, Music and Cuisine. My thesis has been backed up through book research, articles, online resources and personal experience. I have lived in Germany for over 30 years and I have strong roots to Italy, the Country of my origin and nativity; therefore I am able to describe both countries' development also through personal experience. Today, we can still witness Germans longing for Italian history, culture, art, food, music, fashion, education and most of all, vacation. Germans' Italy-Nostalgia is still present today, and it has left roots that have been growing for Centuries.