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...
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 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 (farelascarpetta-mariagloriadamico.blogspot.it)
This word can hardly be translated in other languages except if u...
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...
Cooperative Revives Land Formerly Belonging to Mafia
CORLEONE, Sicily — Anti-mafia organizations are transforming former land of those who were convicted of having mafia ties into business opportunities and an educational tool for Italy’s youth.
The cooperative Lavoro e Non Solo has been reviving since 1999 confiscated land and enterprises in the terrain surrounding the town of Corleone, formerly belonging to Mafiosi such as Cosa Nostra top boss Salvatore Riina who was arrested in 1993.
Response to Mafia
Headquartered in a home that belonged to the Riina family, jointly with the social org...