How to Live La Dolce Vita from Home
La Dolce Vita was immortalized in Federico Fellini’s iconic film in 1960*. Translated literally, la dolce vita means the sweet life- a life that is lived to the fullest.
While la dolce vita might be equated with Italy, you don’t have to live in Italy to enjoy the good life. Living la dolce vita is about allowing yourself the pleasure of small luxuries.
Here are five ways to live la dolce vita wherever you may be!
- Embrace the “perchè no?” philosophy. Perchè no means why not? It is easy to apply the principle to so many of life’s little indulgences. For example: Should you book that weekend getway? Why not!
Is it really ok to have cookies for breakfast? Why not!
Would you like a second glass of wine? Why not! Allowing space for a small splurge is what the good life is all about.
- Make time for your passions. Life can pull us in so many different directions, but every now and then it has to be me Take the time to invest in what you are most passionate about – be that old films, DIYing around the house, family time or taking Italian classes. La dolce vita means being a tiny bit selfish every now and again.
- Learn il dolce far niente. Sometimes doing nothing is better than trying to do everything. Il dolce far niente is the pleasure of doing nothing at all. Give yourself a break from the busyness of everyday to take a walk in the park or host a picnic with your favorite Italian foods in the backyard. The point is that there does not have to be a point! Slow down and enjoy.
- Fall in love. In Fellini’s film, Marcello falls head over heels for Sylvia, the famous actress. He lets himself become totally caught up in the emotion. Love is a critical part of the good life, but does not have to be of the romantic variety. It could mean remembering how much you love your favorite book and losing an afternoon re-reading it. Or, you could fall in love with your hometown, wandering the streets with fresh eyes. The trick is to let go and let yourself get carried away.
- Appreciate the beauty in the small things. La dolce vita usually brings to mind beach lounging, but it does not take sunny skies to live the good life. All you have to do is spot the beauty already around you. It could be the perfect fall-hued oak tree, the first frost, or a perfectly wrapped gift. Savour it!
*P.S. Did you know that Fellini’s movie popularized more than just the term “la dolce vita”? It is also where we get the word paparazzi. In the film, there is a photographer who is always trying to get a photo of the two stars. The pushy photographer’s name? Paparazzo.
Natalie moved from California to Italy in 2010, and is the writer behind the blog, An American in Rome. She provides accessible Italian lifestyle tidbits each month for the Mazzoni Wines blog, Live Like an Italian.