Lean, assured and always dynamically stylish, italic calligraphy looks like a model alphabet wearing a Milanese suit. Not surprising, given that the name ‘italic’ refers to the origins of the script in Italy.

Today, hand-written italic alphabets remain ever-popular for quotations, wedding invitations, art calligraphy and improving handwriting style.

This page offers you general practical information about how to write and recognise italic letters. You may also be interested in the more specific italic lettering page for detailed guidance on how to form individual italic letters, practice exercises etc.