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Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
italian clichés
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
Thursday, October 6th, 2016
Carpe Diem- Photo Chris Parker on flickr (    This multi centennial Latin expression became famous and quite common in modern times after the release of the 1989 motion picture Dead Poets Society. The Italian translation of carpe diem is "vivi alla giornata" or "cogli l' attimo" (seize the moment) and the Italian title of the movie was not "La societa' dei poeti morti" but "L' attimo fuggente" (the fleeting moment). The movie showcased an amazing performance by Robin
Monday, October 3rd, 2016
italian political system
The Italian Parliament (Photo from Wikipedia)   Italy has a very different government structure from the United States. The biggest difference is in the role of the President, who in Italy is merely a public figure with little powers. He ensures  laws follow the constitution, he appoints the Prime Minister, and he has the capacity to teminate the Congress if he feels there is not enough political cohesion to form a new government.   Italy is a Parliamentary Republic, where power is divided
Saturday, September 24th, 2016
italians speak with their hands
Every country has distinct habits and cultural elements that make it unique and these features become a way to identify and differentiate cultures.   Italians are known for speaking a lot with their hands to express feelings and emotions  (La Vladina/Flickr)   Where Italy is concerned, cultural behavior varies based on territory. Italians are quite famous for being effusive talkers, keen on using hand gestures to underline their expressions and thoughts.
Monday, July 18th, 2016
political italian types
Berlusconi   If you watch tv shows about Italian politics,  you will see many politicians arguing or fiercely expressing their opinions, to the point you may think it is not a program of that type. Fiery and overheated discussions about politics may seem strange to you, but in Italy also ordinary people passionately express their opinions, especially if they have opposite ideologies.   In recent years, the country has often been politically associated to Berlusconi, who has been the prime
Sunday, June 26th, 2016
italian comics
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
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
lucca comics
Super Mario at Lucca Comics   Lucca Comics & Games is the most important event concerning the fantastic world of comics and RPG (Role-Playing Games) in Italy. The very popular event has taken place in Lucca, a very nice city in Tuscany, for forty-three years now. The event is a mecca for everyone and anyone into comics, manga, science-fiction, cartoons, table role-playing games and live role-playing games.   The Comics & Games Fair takes place in the center of Lucca, through the
Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
flowers meaning
Flowers are often appreciated in several parts of the world and so are in Italy. Given on birthday, anniversaries, special events, graduations, births or simply on a romantic dinner, there are some suitable for each occasion! However, the message flowers symbolically send may differ from one culture to another so much that, sometimes, misunderstandings can arise.    Whether you have to buy a present or for mere curiosity, here is a list of some of the most famous flowers in Italy and their
Monday, October 26th, 2015
bars cafes in italy
  A bar/café in Rome Ph. depositphotos/lucidwaters   The concept of going to a bar, and the definition of the bar itself, is very different in Italy from that held in any Anglo-Saxon or Northern European country.  A bar in Italy's a place for refreshments, where one can have a quick breakfast in the morning, usually consisting of a coffee or cappuccino (strictly drunk in the AM) and a croissant. Throughout the day, the bar usually serves coffees, juices and alcohol as well, but the point
Thursday, October 1st, 2015
italian nobel prizes
The Nobel Prize is universally considered the most prestigious – possibly because the best known – among all prizes. Born off the will of notable Swedish chemist and businessman Alfred Nobel (who, by the way, invented dynamite), the Nobel Prize is assigned each year to members of the science, art, political and economic communities, in six categories: peace, literature, medicine, physics, chemistry and economics.    Italy and Italian descendents have earned their share of Nobel Prizes since
Saturday, September 26th, 2015
Every nation has their Old Wives' Tales and Italy is no exception. I go to Southern Italy often on holiday to see my family and not one year goes by when I get yelled at for doing something that I shouldn't be doing on a certain day.   The main thing that Italians are aware off is Malocchio, meaning Evil Eye. Malocchio is best described as a curse, though strangely, can be something as simple as a compliment. For example, if someone tells you your baby is beautiful, the fates
Friday, June 12th, 2015
Health care system
  The Health Care System is a thorny subject in every country of the world: often tied dangerously to the political agendas of its creators, it is known to be one of those matters that could make a government capitulate.   Health care in Italy and the US: is there a better one? (401(K) 2012/Flickr)   In spite of being both wealthy, developed countries, Italy and the US have completely different approaches to health care. Italy has a public-based system, supported by
Friday, June 5th, 2015
Italian facts
Ten Facts you may not know about Italy   The weather is getting nicer and nicer and when Summer is in the air we all feel like to read light and breezy things: here is an easy peasy piece about some (possibly) unknown facts about Italy and its people.     Art, Nature and Science   1. Italy has the highest number of beaches in Europe You thought it was Spain? Or Greece? No. It's us. Italy has a coastline of  7400 km (4600 miles). Sandy or rocky, on the Tyrrenian, Meditteranean or Adriatic sea,
Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
made in italy
The ‘Made in Italy’ is for many people a guarantee. Several consumers want to buy Italian products because their quality, design and reliability is certified by a long tradition in the field of textile. Several Italian brands have become famous worldwide because they are the symbol of the ‘Made in Italy’ production but can we consider it the result of a complete truly Italian production? Before answering, one should first really understand when an item can be considered a ‘Made in Italy’
Friday, September 26th, 2014
quotes italy
  Italy is famous for its wonderful food and wine, its luxurious sports cars (Lamborghini, Ferrari), its innovative artists (Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Marinetti), its sophisticated fashion (Armani, Gucci), its poetry and music and, let's not forget, beautiful cities like Florence, Venice, Pisa, Rome, and Milan. Italy has exerted a tremendous influence over European and world culture ever since the Roman Empire became the centre of the known world more than 2000 years ago
Thursday, September 25th, 2014
types italian women
  If there are some men who are the mirror of a specifically Italian stereotype, the same can be said for particular groups of Italian women.   Czardas dancers by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner   Here are some of them, often been at the centre of movies, novels and generally associated to a particular type of Italian style femininity.   La Maniaca della Pulizia    Italian people are sometimes obsessed with hygiene and they often say that there is no European place that uses the same measures as Italy
Saturday, September 20th, 2014
inimitable Venice
  The charm and mystery of Venice always attracted the attention of many visitors. Enchanted by its beauty, most of them hope to visit unique Venice again. Distance can be an issue, but for some citizens of the world, things are easier than for others, because they may live near one of Venice's "sisters in beauty," cities that, because of their conformation, location and characteristics can be reminiscent of La Serenissima.  Others are less lucky and may be stuck near one of the many crass,
Saturday, September 20th, 2014
mammone, italian man
A few years ago, Italian cinema developed a trend: that of representing on screen stereotypical figures, characteristic of our country: the average Italian, with all his idiosyncrasies and peculiarities, comes in several forms and the silver screen exploited this creative line to the full. Take directors and actors such as Carlo Verdone: they brought stereotypical Italians to their extreme in a humorous way and created some of the most popular and well rounded characters of recent cinema. 
Saturday, September 20th, 2014
Have the baby name hand painted on an Italian ceramic set   > Italian Names A to G > Italian Names I to M > Italian Names N to Z > Italian Surnames > Italian Genealogy   Nina Female   Nicola Male   Nino Male God is gracious. From the name Gianni and Giovanni.  Nunzio Male A messenger.  Olga Female   Oreste Male   Orlando Male
Saturday, September 20th, 2014
Italian Names - baby names A to D Italian Baby Names - Italian Names A Great Present: Have the baby name hand painted on an Italian ceramic set > Italian Names A to G > Italian Names I to M > Italian Names N to Z > Italian Surnames > Italian Genealogy   Ilario Male Cheerful.  Ilaria Female   Imelda Female A floret.  Immacolata Female The immaculate conception.  Irene Female
Saturday, September 20th, 2014
Italian Names - baby names A to G Popular Italian Baby Names - Italian Names A Great Present: Have the baby name hand painted on an Italian ceramic set > Italian Names A to G > Italian Names I to M > Italian Names N to Z > Italian Surnames > Italian Genealogy   Alberto Male   Agnese Female   Agostino Male   Agostina Female   Alba Female   Aldabella Female
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
 Briscola: a very popular Italian card game   Briscola, along with Scopa, is one of those card games that almost everyone knows in Italy: in fact, it is known in most Mediterranean countries.   Italian cards used in Briscola   Briscola is easy to learn, but becoming a pro, it's not an easy task: it's a trick game, and its goal is to get more cards than your adversary.   Let's see how to play it   The easiest scenario is with two players,
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
When it comes to babies, ancient, traditional and foreign names have all marked significant trends, with relatively clear opposing tendencies: one supporting tradition, the other innovation. In the past, naming a baby was a family matter: names strongly associated with the family where passed on through generations, and they were mainly linked to saints and religious names. However, it was not only faith to call for such a habit, it was, quite simply,  just a common thing to do, as for many it
Saturday, March 15th, 2014
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. 
Friday, March 14th, 2014
forgery italian products
Famous and appreciated all over the world, a number of popular Italian products are constantly at risk of being counterfeited, especially abroad. Many companies have tried, today as in the past, to imitate them: similar names are often used as a brand, in an attempt to confuse consumers and get them to buy a product which is far from being an original in taste, manufacturing standards and origin. If you want to be sure to get the real thing, then look for what is the true distinguishing mark
Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
facts about italy
Quirky facts about Italy: deceptive signage   Here are some interesting facts that you might not know about Italy, its people, and its history:     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. The Pizza Margherita was invented in Naples in 1889 to honour Italy's Queen Margherita of
Thursday, February 20th, 2014
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.
Friday, January 31st, 2014
italian stereotypes
 Every culture is associated to stereotypes often 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: this is not always the case. Of course, some of what people consider "stereotypically Italian" correspond to reality, but
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Fast Facts About Italy ItalyItaly is known worldwide for a variety of reasons. Personalities, art, food and music are just some of the tip-of-your-tongue facts people who go on Jeopardy know all too well. Here are some fast facts about Italy for anyone interested in their mecca of culture. Italy has several volcanoes, and one that is still active even into our current century. Mount Vesuvius is one of three active volcanoes in continental Europe (the other two, Etna and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Lotteries inside and outside of Italy What is a lottery? A lottery is a popular form of gambling which involves the drawing of lots for a prize. Some governments forbid it, while others endorse it to the extent of organizing a national lottery. The first signs of a lottery are followed back to the Han Dynasty between 205 - 187 B.C.! How we have proof is because ancient Keno slips were discovered. The lottery has helped finance major projects such as the Great Wall
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian Population by region and city - Check Italy Populations by Regions and Cities Province e Regioni Nati vivi Morti Saldo naturale ISCRITTI   CANCELLATI Saldo tra iscritti e cancellati Popolazione al 31.12.2003 Totale Di cui da altro comune Di cui dall'estero Di cui per altri motivi   Totale Di cui per altro comune Di cui per l'estero Di cui per altri motivi                
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Scopa ("to sweep" in Italian) is one of the most popular card games in Italy. Neapolitan cards used to play Scopa Nearly everyone in Italy has played it at least once in their life, and in small towns it is still common to see people gathered around a table where four elderly are exchanging swear words and bantering over a heated game of Scopa. The game of Scopa may be easy to learn, but it is difficult to master. Traditionally it is played with a deck of Neapolitan cards. There are for
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Unforgettable Novels Novels Set in Italy Italy has provided an unsurpassed backdrop for many memorable novels. The art and culture of cities like Florence and Rome, the lagos of the North, the Tuscan countryside and the splendors of Venice-Italy conjures up a picture of life as only its spectacular regions can. The following finely crafted novels all portray Italy with great fervor-and Italy gives each work a rich sampling of Italian life. A Farewell to Arms
Friday, June 1st, 2012
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.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Lupo Alberto - Italian Cartoons by Guido Silvestri Lupo Alberto: Cartoon Character ©Silver/MCK The most marvelous Italian cartoon character is Lupo Alberto. He is from the most entertaining farm in existence, it's more chaotic than not - it may happen that you run into a mass of blue fur with bones as thin as cords, and bulging eyes on a face with a red reindeer nose; this would be Lupo Alberto. A victim of countless clubbing's by a dog named
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Giving gifts that are relative to a person's heritage may be more meaningful than other kinds of gifts. Throughout history into the contemporary world, Italy has produced a vast array of specialty items that represent its people, its arts, its entire culture. Italians are famous for so many things that to give such an item to someone special is to give a gift that represents the best part of an entire nation. The following gift ideas are suitable for people of all ages and there is something to
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Is Free Speech on the Internet Illegal in Italy? Internet censorshipTo put it mildly, Italian democracy is highly bureaucratic and perhaps the most recent example of this is the Italian view of freedom of speech and of the press. Laws passed decades ago are now bearing bitter fruit - an unbelievable judicial ruling that in Italy, the Internet may be illegal. Of course, back then, nobody would have expected that technology would allow anyone to become a publisher/author in the form of