Italy, with its location and long Mediterranean coastline, has been the seat of Roman civilisation for a long period in the past. Considered the cradle of renaissance, it made a powerful mark on medieval and recent history. Seat of art, sculpture and architecture, it produced a galaxy of geniuses from Michael Angelo, the polymath Leonardo Da Vinci to modern day writers like Roberto Calasso or Umberto Eco. Today it is the capital of the Roman Catholic Church and the centre of modern fashion. When it comes to education, Italy is making great leaps in catching up with big league institutions in Europe besides being home to one of the leading and world’s oldest university—the Bologna University.