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PEOPLE AND CULTURE

Italians are passionate about their culture and the Italian language. Italian is a musical language that Italians sing with a joyful cadence. Italian descriptions are much more beautiful and flowery, and long winded than those in English. They will take two sentences to say what we can say in one. They love their Italian way of life and Italian traditions and stubbornly refuse to change it.

Why would one change something if it is perfect? They consider their Italian food to be the best in the world, their Italian wine the nectar of the Gods and their siesta the only way to live your day.

Life is Italy is a dichotomy. On one hand it is a European nation with all the modern inventions of 21st century life but on the other hand life is unchanged in the small villages and moves at the slow pace that it always has.

The traditions that have been lived for hundreds of years are still maintained with regional pride. A home cooked meal at lunch time has priority over any work appointment and rightly so. The quality of Italian food is valued highly and only the freshest ingredients will serve your average Italian cook. Mamma's cooking is supreme over some of the finest restaurants where you cannot trust what has been put into the dish. Food is to be shared, with friends, family and neighbours and to be endlessly discussed and is almost what you could call a national obsession. To be able to cook well is a source of pride and is widely acknowledged by all and sundry.

Italians on the whole believe in living life to the fullest. They laugh, shout, cry and argue at the top of their voices in public. They are always blasting their horns if you drive too slow. However they never take themselves too seriously and the Italian sense of humour is ever present.

They will not tolerate slow wit and will take advantage of the innocent tourist with money but will also be most generous and kind if you are sick or in trouble.

In general Italians could be classified as a warm race of people.

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