italian life style, italian style, fun facts about italy
italian life style, italian style, fun facts about italy

La Dolce Vita

"Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life" Anna Akhmatova

The Italian Lifestyle is hard to define. In Italian, it is called 'La Dolce Vita', or the sweet life. You will often hear Italians listing a litany of woes, covering everything from health to the weather, but especially taxes and politicians. But the list always ends with a sigh and the phrase, 'ma si vive bene in Italia...', meaning "oh well, but we live well in Italy..." And it's true! In Italy, you get the sense that people live for enjoyment, their own and those around them.

Laws are there to help their lives run more smoothly, and not all of them need to be adheared to all of time. If a motorist passes a friend in the street, the car will stop and they will chat. Motorists behind them have to make their own decision as to whether to wait or squeeze past. There will often be extended chats at supermarket checkouts. Those waiting need to remember that patience is a virtue, and that there really isn't any need to rush anyway. When you combine that attitude with wall to wall sunshine, gloriously fresh and delicious food and some of the finest wine in the world, you can see that it really is 'La Dolce Vita'!

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