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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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La scarpetta: a ritual for Italians
Monday, November 07TH, 2016 by admin
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 (farelascarpetta-mariagloriadamico.blogspot.it)   This word can hardly be translated in other languages except if u...
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...
Italians on Two Wheels
Friday, August 05TH, 2016 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 flic.kr/p/ekGHES)   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...
Best Sex Scandals in Italy
Friday, July 01TH, 2016 by admin
Every nation and every era have their own sex scandals and Italy, in its glorious history, certainly had also its share. Since the Roman's times, Italians have tried to hide what happened in the secrecy of their bedrooms, but some events were simply too much to hide, or weren't hid to begin with. Talking about sex and the Italians isn't a cheap way to intercept voyeuristic intentions, but is a way to understand how italian society has evolved as a whole. What was forbidden in the past, very nearly became commonplace behaviour just a few years later. Let's look at some of the most spoke...
Italian Comics and Cartoons
Sunday, June 26TH, 2016 by admin
Italian Comics and Cartoons Comics are usually associated with the US or, if you're more into big-eyed, funky-hair-colors characters, Japan. However, Italy has, throughout the year, produced a seried of memorable characters. They may not be as popular around the world as Mickey Mouse and Sailor Moon, but they do have a pretty hefty cult following and they are themselves just another representation of Italy's own creativity.    Tex Willer is one of Italy longer lasting comics.   The most famous Italian comic strips is probably Tex Willer. Created i...
If you're a keen web surfer, you may have come across a popular meme with the picture of a girl eagerly washing her hands in a bidet, its caption highlighting her question about why Europeans have such low sinks in their bathrooms... This is just a funny example of the confusion the presence of bidets in our bathrooms often rises in our non-bidet using's visitors.  Truth is bidets are so ubiquitous in Italy and many other parts of Europe, we feel pretty confused when travelling for the first time to a country where they're not part of the décor. Their history's long and curious, s...
Men: Some Tips and a Look at Cultural Differences between Italy and the United States   Tips for dating a woman in Italy. Ph. drufisher on flickr (flic.kr/p/sKNHRH)   For dating tips for ladies, click on the link.    While there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to affairs of the heart--dating is dating anywhere in the world, a sometimes messy and complicated business that is full of possibilities--there are some general tips that will help men looking to date in Italy. Of course, it's always best to keep in mind that every relationship,...
  Dating tips for foreign women in Italy. Ph. Martin Rowe on flickr (flic.kr/p/pctCd3)   For dating tips for foreign men in Italy, click on the link.    For many women, going on a date with a foreign man, in a country that is not your own can be an intimidating prospect. While it's always smart to be aware, and to follow the social norms of the place you're visiting, the best advice is to follow your heart without abandoning your common sense. If you like a guy, and think there may be potential for something more, go for it! Just remember to alw...
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...