Italy is known for its rich culture that has permeated throughout much of the world through fashion, food and sport.
One thing the nation is less known for is one of its most important musical instruments, the mandolin.
The Carlo Aonzo trio, who are set to finish their month long Australian tour in Ballarat this weekend, are trying to change that.
The trio is made up of world renowned Mandolin player Carlo Aonzo, guitarist Lorenzo Piccone and double bass player Luciano Puppo.
Speaking with The Courier, Aonzo said the trio has been thrilled with the response they have seen from the Australian audience so far.
"We've been on a month long tour through Tasmania, Canberra, Sydney, Byron Bay and Melbourne and we've been really pleased with the turnout so far," he said.
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"We already know we're coming back next year because there has been so much interest in what we're bringing to the stage. People have loved the tradition of the mandolin and our Italian music."
Playing a mix of classic Italian music and more modern acoustic songs, the trio believes it is important to bring Italy's rich musical culture to international audiences.
"Italian culture is very powerful all around the world... our fashion, cars, food is very well known all over the world," Aonzo added.
"Everything that comes from Italy is very well respected, so we think showcasing the symbol of Italian music, the mandolin, is very important."
Apart from the wonderful and passionate reception the trio has received by audiences, Aonzo added another big reason he will look to return down under in the near future.
"I have a special diet where I only eat fruit and Australia has the most beautiful mangoes in the world," he laughed.
The trio will perform at the Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute on Sunday from 2pm with tickets available here.
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