What are the pros and cons of moving to Italy? I am
recently retired and was thinking of renting or buying a
small apartment which l could rent as an Airbnb.
Here are 25 reasons why I love Italy !
1. It is the wellspring of western culture
2. It has an exciting and spectacular history
3. It creates art and beauty everywhere; even in the remotest village on a
mountain top one is left in AWE !
4. It has the best cuisine (I do not believe anyone has ever catalogued every
dish - each city and town and even village tend to have their own unique
5. It has the best wine (again, there are so many types and brands of wine
that I am not sure anyone has ever catalogued them)
6. It has the best coffee (coffee is a religion in Italy)
7. Its women are elegant and feminine like nowhere else in the world (Italian
women are difficult to conquer which makes them even more precious)
8. It has produced an incredible percentage of the world’s classical music (in
the classical music station to which I listen, they list the pieces which have
played before and will play afterwards. Frequently , half of the composers
9. It created opera and has created the world’s most beloved operas
10. It is genuine (there’s a sense that it is REAL and human)
11. It is a bottom-up organized society
12. One experiences an odd sense of FREEDOM living in Italy (bottom-up
13. Its language is beautiful and elegant
14. Its people readily express their emotions (perhaps that’s why there is
such little violence in Italy)
15. Italians are very accepting of other people (in its long history, it has been
invaded and colonized by many cultures)
16. Its incredible array of colorful, marvelous hand gestures used to
reinforce communication (indeed some of them are really funny)
17. People love to communicate with each other; indeed it tends to have
precedence over everything else - e.g.; an invitation to have a coffee is a
sacrament of friendship and cannot be refused
18. In Italy people's’ identity is not tied to their job (how many times have I
been in a milonga and I ask my dance partner what she does and she
answers, "Oh I am employed", meaning she works for someone, and if you
dig a little deeper it turns out she is an assistant minister of foreign affairs or
some such important post)
19: It is not at all difficult to find people, young people, who are devoting
their life to poetry.
20. Doctors, even renown surgery specialists are very normal people and
very accessible people (see no. 18)
21. Medical care is a human right. Universal quality medical care for
22. Italy has Naples and the Neapolitan people are incredibly friendly, open,
gregarious, generous even in dire moments. I remember several years ago I
was traveling from Florence to Rome on train. It was a hot summer day, the
train was packed, there was no air conditioning and everyone was
miserable, pi**ed off in a bad mood. There was only one group of people,
standing in the end space of the car (there were no seats left) who were
happy, laughing and having fun and sure enough they were from Naples.
People from Naples are famous for their attitude for living. Perhaps this
comes from the fact that Naples is built around and in many volcanoes
several of which are still smoking and could blow up up at any minute.. One
example is the neighborhood of Campi Flegrei where my dear friend Osvaldo
lives and whom I visit often and have personally seen the plumes in the near
distant as we drive on the highway.
23. The Italian passion for graffiti - the Italian passion for art and self
expression is so deeply ingrained in the DNA that it compels them to create
graffiti in walls in buildings and train stations. The graffiti is always
beautifully and artistically done and of course it gives vent to many societal
frustrations. There have been determined campaigns in some cities to
change this behavior tbut to no avail; the Italian soul will express itself at
any costs. It is a tradition which goes back to the Roman Empire.
24. Artisans, Italy still has many traditional artisans who have survived
modernity and commercialization, who makes things by hand in the old way
25. Church bells - there must be thousands of church bells in Italy. Even the
smallest village high in the mountains will have a church with church bells
which have been ringing for roughly 1700 years at appoiinted times to
inform people of celebrations and births and funerals. They provide a
reassurance for people.
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