1. If you like arts, music, design, architecture, opera, food, etc. this is the reference language. Knowing Italian is greatly beneficial in several career fields. Italy is a world leader in the culinary arts, interior design, fashion, graphic design, furniture design, machine tool manufacturing, robotics, electromechanical machinery, shipbuilding, space engineering, construction machinery, and transportation equipment.
2. Italian is the fourth most taught non-native language in the world, and about 90 million people worldwide speak Italian as their first language.
3. Italian is the closest living language to Latin, and knowledge of Italian will help you to understand the English language, which has 60% of words derived from Latin.
4. Italy is one of the top economies in the world, and many employers are seeking people who speak both Italian and English. An estimated 7,500 American companies do business with Italy and more than 1,000 U.S. firms have offices in Italy, including Chrysler, IBM, General Electric, Motorola, Citibank. Many Italian firms have offices in the U.S, especially in the NJ, NYC, PA, CT areas.
5. A UNESCO study placed over 60% of the art of the world in Italy. No other country in the world has such a rich heritage of artistic creativity. Italy has also the highest number of UNESCO Heritage and Cultural Sites in the world.
6. Italy has played a major role in the cultural and social development of the whole Mediterranean area, deeply influencing European culture.
7. A recent study showed that enrollment in Italian language classes at U.S. high schools and colleges is growing 15 to 20% faster than enrollment rates for Spanish, German and French.
8. Italian is recognized as one of the most beautiful spoken languages in the world.
9. Italian combines well with studies in other foreign languages, history, political science, international relations, business, communication, film studies, theater, medicine, law, as well as the sciences.
10. Today, Italy has the seventh-highest GDP and the 17th-highest Human Development Index rating in the world. It is a member of the G8 and a founding member of the European Union, having signed the Treaty of Rome in 1957. Italy was also a charter member of NATO.
Adapted from: https://blogs.princeton.edu/italian/2013/08/29/top-ten-reasons-to-learn-italian/