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Pirelli Calendar History
Saturday, March 15TH, 2014 by admin
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.  Surprisingly, this prestigious calendar which is given away to certain select VIP’s and celebrities started off simply. The Humble Beginnings of the Pirelli Calendar Giovanni Pirelli founded tyre and cable company in 1872, employing only 45 people.  Now the corporation employs thousands of people and earns...
Quirky Facts About Italy
Tuesday, February 25TH, 2014 by admin
  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 Italy. In Rome and Naples, it only snows briefly once every several years, while in New York snow is very frequent in the Winter. Pizza was "invented" in Naples around 1860s. Pizza is one of the very few words which is understood all over the world. Italy is slightly larger than Arizona. Almost 20% of Italy's population...
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 Italian man is different, although there are certain trends that hold true with many of us. While people from abroad may have certain stereotypes, Italians also view themselves in a particular way. The purpose of this article is to examine some of the common ways Italians see themselves and how...
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 certain lines and expect stereotypical behaviors to be always true, but that is not always the case. Here is a list of the most commonly heard clichés about Italians. Some are true, or partly true, but others are myths that should be debunked.   1. Italians Sing That image of an Italian in the...
10 Italian Cliches You Won't Find in Italy
Monday, January 20TH, 2014 by Glauco
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 U.S. is actually not Italian at all, but American. In Italy, asking for parmesan cheese and croutons on a salad would mean asking for quizzical looks in response, at least until recently. However, globalization has brought international menus to many Italian restaurants now,  and some have begun to offer it. Don'...
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-called processo di invecchiamento, ageing process, and its effects on the structure of the Italian population is currently in the spotlight. Some studies report that the continued ageing of the population is effecting the health of the country as a whole. Despite the fact population growth has slowed...
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 published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology showed that gossiping helps people to feel better as it lowers their levels of stress.   Italians really took these results at heart, as they love gossiping and talking about other people. In times gone by, it was not unusual to find old...
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 are quite famous for being effusive talkers that use hand gestures to underline most statements, but even these can change depending on which part of the country we are in: accent, tone of voice and gestures can all vary depending on which part of Italy you're visiting. Italian Gestures & History...
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. Technology has made the world a much smaller and culturally homogenous place however, when looking at a foreign country, we will always find differences between our traditions and theirs. Young Italians and young Americans, for example, albeit similar in many respects, have also some pronounced...
In Italy, as in many parts of the world, social structures and norms have changed dramatically over the last 20 years. The stereotype of the large Italian family is no longer true as Italy now has one of the lowest birthrates in the world. Most of the newer population in Italy comes from immigration. In the U.S. large families are still the norm especially in the Midwest and the Southern states. Traditionally Italians embraced the concept of extended families more than Americans. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins always played an important role in the everyday life of Italians...

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