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Italy today: Italian Lifestyle and Moderne CultureIn this section of Life in Italy, you will find articles and information about Italian culture in today's Italy. The many Italian gifts to mankind are not confined to museums and history books. Italians and Italian pop culture continue to shape the modern world. From cinema to fashion, motorsports to popular music, Italy is always on the cutting edge. Below are links to subcategories on Italian pop culture, including the latest news from Italy. Be sure to also visit our section on Classic Italian Culture.


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Taste of Italy
Tuesday, December 15TH, 2015 by FrancescaBezzone
  I lived abroad for fifteen years, and the taste of Italy, I certainly missed. During this time, I have learnt a lot about my country. Yes, because for some mysterious trick of the mind, it is always when you are far from a place or from someone that you truly begin to know them: does that not happen to lovers as well, sometimes? Anyway: fifteen years away from Italy, fifteen years where I learnt to look at it more objectively. It is hard, because right now, one may think that the cons of being in the country (high taxes, no work, a risible political force) are overwhelmingly...
While doing my doctorate and working in university in the West of Ireland, I got to meet and become very close to many people from the US. We all were part of the same department and soon we didn't only bond over work, but also shared a common need to feel "at home"  in a foreign country. We ended up becoming a family. Of course, it was through my American friends I was first introduced to Thanksgiving. In Italian, we call it "Giorno del Ringraziamento" and only know about it because we see it on American tv. We know there's roast turkey and that it's a fami...
Starbucks in Italy
Friday, October 16TH, 2015 by ancos
A Starbucks in Leeds, England (Photo by Onar Vikingstad via Wikimedia Commons)   These days Starbucks coffee shops are a common sight on almost every corner, in almost every major American and European city in the world--except Italy. There are rumors of imminent store openings in Milan and Rome, probably in 2016, but as of right now-- October 2015--the largest coffee chain in the world hasn't yet reached the shores of Italy. Think that's weird? Well, a quick review of Starbucks' history will show that it's probably not.   The first Starbucks...
Italians on Two Wheels
Friday, August 14TH, 2015 by Glauco
    Italians love vehicles on two wheels and it's safe to say that they're second to none when it comes to riding, designing and manufacturing them.   By the Sella Pass (MrHicks46/flickr)   Motorbikes are an excellent way to get around in Italy, especially in the city, because of the usually heavy traffic and the never-ending difficulties with finding parking. Famous and classic brands, such as Bianchi, took over the market's leadership, in Italy first, then all over the world. Companies like Piaggio introduced glorious designs like the Ves...
Italian men
Monday, December 01TH, 2014 by AnnaDe Filippo
    Italians have always been famous for being real charmers, but is this true, or is it simply a urban myth created by decades of stereotypes and old fashioned movies?     Whether true or not, Italian men are very much appreciated by women, especially when they come from abroad. Let's face it, our men have loads of characteristics which are not easy to find in others and are - give the name of ONE woman who doesn't think so - incredibly attractive!     What women like about Italian men   First of all women like Italian men becau...
You have just finished your tasty pasta cooked al dente, and there it lies on your plate: a whole layer of delicious sauce. How could you leave it there, wasted, to be thrown away? Impossible! is the answer many Italians would give to such a question: this is why we love the scarpetta  and cannot quite avoid doing it, even when, as Galateo says, we shouldn't.    A true Italian habit: fare la scarpetta (   This word can hardly be translated in other languages except if u...
Palio dei Mussi in Terrossa
Monday, July 28TH, 2014 by Katty
In Terrossa, a small village in the province of Verona, since immemorial time every 4th week-end of July takes place a festival to celebrate and pay homage to what was once the main assistant to the farmer, the donkey.         When the donkey was replaced by tractors at the beginning of the 70s, the festival was suspended, until 1997 when a group of friends of the village of Terrossa decided to bring back the old celebration and to reinvent it into a real race with a prize, a “palio”. Every “contrada” has a donkey and a jockey, and the riva...
Italian and American Families: similar or opposed?  In Italy, as in many parts of the world, social structures and norms have changed dramatically over the last 50 years. The stereotype of the large Italian family is no longer true –and hasn't been for quite a while, now– as Italy now has one of the lowest birth rates in the world. Traditionally large families were particularly common in the countryside and, in more recent decades, have become more associated with the South, rather than the North. Today, Italians hesitate to have children and most of the population's growth i...