5 More Italian Customs Americans Should Adopt

A few months ago, we published a post called “5 Italian Customs Americans Should Adopt,” that shared our favorite aspects of the Italian lifestyle. We were overwhelmed by how much you, our readers, enjoyed the post and incorporated many of the items on our list into your everyday lives.  Today, we thought we’d share a few more ideas about how Americans can live like Italians!

Thank you to our Mazzoni fans who shared their thoughts on how to live the Italian lifestyle after our last post. Some of you might see your ideas in the list below – take a look!

1. Wine CultureMZI_29

When it comes to wine, Italians know best.  Known internationally for producing some of the best wines in the world, Italy is home to many a wine lover.  While Americans often choose a great bottle of wine for special occasions or to celebrate, Italians are known to have a bottle on the table at nearly every meal.  Appreciated as an everyday delicacy to be enjoyed by all, wine is an essential part of life in Italy. And we’re not complaining…Salute!

2. La Famiglia

Italians are well-known for their love of family. In fact, many Italian children live at home until well into their 30s, or don’t leave their parents until they’re married! Italians understand that family is a reminder of where you’ve come from, and spending lots of time together is a way of life. Whether it’s Sunday pasta dinners at grandma’s house or taking a summer holiday together, there are plenty of ways Americans can adopt Italians’ love for la famiglia!

3. That’s Amore

Showing a great deal of affection is second nature to Italians. While Americans are often more reserved, Italians greet family and friends with two (or more!) kisses on the cheek, and are always quick with a hug or a “Ti amo.”  When meeting in bars or at a coffee shop, Italians are much more likely to say hello or even sit and converse with strangers. Of course, Italians also show their love by preparing delicious, multi-course meals for their loved ones. We think America could use a little more affection, and a lot more authentic Italian home cooking!

Piazza Navona in Rome (via Shutterstock)

Piazza Navona in Rome (via Shutterstock)

4. Love of the Arts

In any Italian city, it’s not hard to find art. Whether it’s the beautifully preserved historic architecture, the public museums and sculptures in piazzas, or the street performers and painters, art is everywhere.  Of course, like Americans, Italians also have an undying love for sports, especially soccer, but there’s a certain appreciation for the finer parts of culture in Italy.  Americans, take note – surround yourselves with art!

5. Travel Culture

If Italians know anything, it’s how to travel. Many take the entire month of August off for Ferragosto, or summer holiday. Many city shops and restaurants shut down, and Italians take to the beach or to a neighboring European country for a little rest and relaxation. Maybe that mental health break is what makes Italians so friendly! Trenitalia and Ryanair also allow tourists to travel within Italy and to other European countries quickly and inexpensively. Americans could benefit from a little extra summer vacation time to explore other states or our neighboring countries!

So what do you think? Can Americans benefit from living like an Italian? Anything you think we forgot? Let us know in the comments below!

8 responses

  1. Awesome list!

    April 1, 2015 at 10:14 am

    • Terlato Media

      Thanks for stopping by, Diana! Salute!

      April 1, 2015 at 6:11 pm

  2. Are you kidding? Americans are highly suspicious of la dolce vita in any form. The Puritan heritage, that’s what we suffer under.

    April 1, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    • Terlato Media

      Here’s hoping we can learn to live a little more like Italians, right Connie?

      April 1, 2015 at 6:11 pm

  3. Kathleen

    Love the list and try to live by it as much as possible. I wonder if these aren’t latin traits to a certain extent. I’ve lived in Costa Rica most of my life, and for the five traits mentioned we have similar versions, especially 2, 3, and 5. The others have homegrown interpretations. Viva la bella Italia!

    April 2, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    • Terlato Media

      That struck me as I wrote this post – I think you might be right! Lots of similarities, aren’t there? Good observation, Kathleen!

      April 3, 2015 at 1:33 pm

  4. Tina

    Si, Si, Si !! It is no wonder Italians have less medical problems than other countries. Happy is good for you and in Italy one feels happy.

    April 7, 2015 at 6:21 am

    • Terlato Media

      There’s a lot to be said for a positive outlook, isn’t there? Salute, Tina!

      April 8, 2015 at 12:22 pm

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