Italy has one of the richest cultural heritages in western civilisation and has been a world leader in literature, architecture, painting, sculpture and music for the past 800 years. Today Italy is one of the wealthiest nations in the world and an essential tourist destination. Italy is a major trading partner with Australia—and increasingly with South Australia. Italian is spoken by many Australians, with more than half a million Italian Australians using it every day. You can practise and use Italian in your own community! You may also use your Italian skills and knowledge in tourism, hospitality, music, fashion, design, architecture, science, education, technology, government services, international law, commerce or sport.