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Bars in Italy
Tuesday, September 16TH, 2014 by
  Bar della Pace, Rome (Photo from www.jetsetreport.com)   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 is a place for refreshments,...
Briscola
Tuesday, September 16TH, 2014 by
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...
Carpe Diem
Tuesday, September 16TH, 2014 by
Carpe Diem (Photo from www.psychologytoday.com)   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...
Names in Italy
Tuesday, September 02TH, 2014 by Anna De Filippo
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...
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...

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