Dating as far back as 960 A.D., the Italian language slowly evolved from "Vulgar Latin" into the 15th and 16th centuries. It was during that time when linguists allowed natural changes in the human tongue to be included into grammar, syntax and diction. Today, the language is distinguished by a largely Toscano dialect and pronunciation so passion-filled it has long been referred to as the "romance language."
Whether you're heading off to bask in jaw-dropping Roman architecture, learning to converse with distant relatives or working toward fluency, use this playlist to inspire you to learn one of the most linguistically diverse and robust languages in the world. Oh, and be ready to use your hands—a lot.