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, but as of right now-- May 2014--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 was a store for coffee grounds and coffee equipme...
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...
Italians on Two Wheels (www.blogpanorama.it)
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.
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 Vespa,...
Italian men: are they the best in the world?
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 because they are usually smil...
Ladies: Some Tips and a Look at Cultural Differences Between Italy and the United States
For the Ladies
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 always use your best judgment.
If you're hoping to find love during your trip to Italy, we've c...
Men: Some Tips and a Look at Cultural Differences between Italy and the United States
Love Tips for the Men
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, and person, is different, and that each must be approached on a case by case basis.
For the purpose of this article, let's assume that the couple in questi...
Italian Comics and Cartoons
Tex WillerThe most famous Italian comics strip is probably Tex Willer. Created in 1948 by Gian Luigi Bonelli and Aurelio Galoppini, is still published today by Sergio Bonelli, Editor. Tex Willer is a Texas Ranger who fights, with his three friends, against all sorts of evil… the classic good guy! Little like the Lone Ranger.
Diabolik (the name says everything), was created in 1962 by the Giussani sisters, who have taken the idea from the book ‘Fantomas’ (1911 by M. Allain and P. Souvestre). Diabolik is the king of thieves, but very a refined one. He, and his co...