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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...
Pirelli Calendar History
Saturday, March 15TH, 2014 by
Pirelli Calendar History: The Inspirational Pirelli Calendar  When Sophia Loren agreed to appear semi-naked for the 2007 Pirelli Calendar at 72 her decision was controversial.  This was nothing new for the producers of the innovative calendar who have always been ahead of their time....
Quirky Facts About Italy
Tuesday, February 25TH, 2014 by
  Here are some interesting facts that you might not know about Italy, its people, and its history:     Venice and its province are among the richest areas of Europe   Rome is further North than New York City. New York City is about the same latitude as Naples...
Italians, Italiani
Thursday, February 20TH, 2014 by Anna De Filippo
Stereotyping a nationality is pretty common but reality likes to tell us different stories: it is almost impossible to paint everybody with the same brush. For example, when an American woman asks a question like, "Should I marry and Italian guy?" it's really impossible to answer. Obviously, every...
Some Clichés About Italians
Friday, January 31TH, 2014 by Anna De Filippo
Every culture is associated to stereotypes that are hard to dispel, and the Italian's is no different. While we often hear about them, it's important to remember that we can't generalize, and think that the whole of a country acts the same way. People abroad often seem to think of Italians along...
10 Italian Cliches You Won't Find in Italy
Monday, January 20TH, 2014 by
There are so many things we believe to be Italian that you won't find in Italy at all. Read on, and learn which ones, among our best known Italian clichés are, in fact, not Italian at all.    1. Caesar Salad   The most famous salad served in almost every Italian restaurant in...
The Problem of Population Ageing in Italy
Tuesday, May 08TH, 2012 by Anna De Filippo
The Problem of Population Ageing in Italy The future strength of a country is dependent upon its population, but what happens if a country cannot rely upon future generations? This is the question being raised in Italy, where population ageing is creating fears for the county's destiny. The so-...
Italians gossiping
Tuesday, April 24TH, 2012 by Anna De Filippo
Italians gossiping Si dice- Mi hanno detto- ma lo sai che??- Non lo sai?? (people say-I was told- do you know that?-don't you know that?). These are the most common expressions used by Italians when they start gossiping. Some studies carried out at the University of California (which one?) and...
Italian speak with their hands
Wednesday, December 14TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
The Italian Way of Speaking: Communication through Gestures Every country has habits and distinct cultural elements that make it unique. It is these features that become a way to identify and differentiate cultures. Where Italy is concerned, cultural behavior varies based on territory. Italians...
Italian and American Youth: Some Cultural Differences
Tuesday, December 06TH, 2011 by Anna De Filippo
Italian and American Youth: Some Cultural Differences   Every country has certain cultural patterns making it unique. Of course, habits and customs between cultures and countries tend to overlap: the popularity of social media, for instance, ignores borders and breaks down cultural differences...

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