More Italian Culture Emersion

Pot in the shape of a sun

Italian culture is interesting to see. The food is really the one that stands out the most as it is what you would see every day. Breakfast is first and is most disconcerting to an American at first glance. It consists of, in general, sweet bread, such as a croissant, filled with Nutella or a vanilla cream, and a coffee. A bit different from toast and eggs and the like. Lunch is next and is regarded as the biggest meal of the day. A first dish containing a pasta or vegetable is very common, a second dish with a handmade pizza or a type of cooked meat in the next, fruit for dessert, and coffee after that. Dinner is the same as lunch but served with wine and may take several hours to eat and include an alcoholic dietary drink so that you can eat even more.

The people are also interesting to watch. A large number of them know some English but haven’t used it in so long (I’m told they are taught it in the third year of primary school and then are only exposed to it in music and other media) that they find it fairly difficult and slightly embarrassing. A number of people I’ve talked to have apologized that they don’t know English better, and criticized their education system.

In addition to the English language Italians are much more laid back than Americans. This can be seen first in the closing of businesses around the hottest part of the day and even more so on Sunday when it becomes hard to find any business open during that time. They seem to also be more casual in their speech and a keeping a time schedule is not very high on the list of priorities.

The last thing I’d like to mention is the music. You can definitely tell that Italian modern music is based on the more globalized American styles of rock. But they also have their more traditional music which is very fast and very, very fun to dance to.

This post authored by Andrew Zirkle.