Italian men: are they the best in the world?
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 because they are usually smil...
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 Italia...
Ladies: Some Tips and a Look at Cultural Differences Between Italy and the United States
For the Ladies
For many women, going on a date with a foreign man, in a country that is not your own can be an intimidating prospect. While it's always smart to be aware, and to follow the social norms of the place you're visiting, the best advice is to follow your heart without abandoning your common sense. If you like a guy, and think there may be potential for something more, go for it! Just remember to always use your best judgment.
If you're hoping to find love during your trip to Italy, we've c...
Men: Some Tips and a Look at Cultural Differences between Italy and the United States
Love Tips for the Men
While there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to affairs of the heart--dating is dating anywhere in the world, a sometimes messy and complicated business that is full of possibilities--there are some general tips that will help men looking to date in Italy. Of course, it's always best to keep in mind that every relationship, and person, is different, and that each must be approached on a case by case basis.
For the purpose of this article, let's assume that the couple in questi...
Italians on Two Wheels (Photo from blogpanorama.it)
Italians love vehicles on two wheels and it's safe to say that they're second to none when it comes to riding, designing and manufacturing them. Motorbikes are perfect in Italy due to the heavy traffic and difficulties with finding parking. Famous and classic bicycle brands such as Bianchi took market leadership in Italy first, before being exported worldwide. Companies like Piaggio introduced glorious designs like the Vespa that took over Italian streets along with high cylinder motorbikes like Cagiva, Gilera, MotoGuzzi, Laverda and, of cou...
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, but as of right now-- June 2012--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 was a store for coffee grounds and coffee equipment. After a trip to Mila...
Beauty According to Italians - A Tattooed Miss
Miss Italia 2010 during the Avon Running in Milan
What is beauty? From time immemorial philosophers, poets and singers have dealt with this abstract concept and tried to answer this age old question. While it may be true that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" every society has a certain standard of traditional beauty that they adhere to. If one thinks of female beauty it's impossible not to muse on just what our modern Western world finds beautiful at the moment and how different that might be from the ideals held up by previous generations...
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...