“But we did the Pink Panther not in Hollywood, in Italy”. – Claudia Cardinale
The Radiance of The Italian Allures Fluctuating on The Surface
Now, my dear friends, before starting to explore the Italian culture and the Italian life style, let’s make a bit of brainstorming. Full-scale review of the Italian allures is a shortcut to remember why Italy is so attractive for creative professionals (including those of the Pink Panther) and artists, poets and critics, journalists and students, tourists and adventurers. People, of any age and interest from all over the World.
I know, I’ve promised “not to pour on you easily obtainable information”, but trust me, this brief brainstorming will lead us right to my core argument (i.e. In Italy in Love). Okay, let’s get started!
I would suggest arranging all information about the Italian allures in a kind of mental map representing the main panorama of the Italian style. According to conventional Baedekers of any nature, it is commonly thought to consist of eight major radiances.
The World Famous Italian Allures Fluctuating on The Surface
From Prada to Valentino, Gucci to Fendi, Versace to Armani, Miu Miu to Bvlgari, Salvatore Ferragamo to Missoni and, of course, Dolce&Gabbana, (to name just a few). These giant fashion brands full of radiance are followed by less expensive but not less beloved ones: from MaxMara to Blumarine, Mangano to Toy G, Moschino to LiuJo, Elisabetta Franchi to Manila Grace, Pinko to Danny Rose, Relish to United Colors of Benetton, Diesel to Gas and Fila, and so on.
luxurious sport cars:
Let alone “gone in 60 seconds” Ferrary and Lamborghini, Italy is a motherland to many prestigious car brands such as Maserati, Bugatti and Pagani. Fans of the motor racing won’t proceed without mentioning legendary Alfa Romeo and Dallara, while bike amateurs will surely name Ducati and Aprilia.
finest works in the Western architecture:
From the Colosseum of Rome and St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Piazza dei Miracoli to the Dome of Milan with its neogothic roof and the Dome of Florence Cathedral, and so on. Italy boasts vast gamma of diversified architectural styles, some of which widely influenced with their radiance the architecture of the world.
paintings and sculpture:
The masterpieces of Italian genius-artists such as Giotto, Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, and others, emit radiance and make our hearts beat faster. Don’t they?
the World’s oldest and most prestigious universities:
…fanned by radiance and impressive history of inventions and discoveries made by such explorers as Amerigo Vespucci, Christopher Columbus, Giovanni da Verrazzano, and Marco Polo.
the capital of Catholic Church and spiritual institutions:
…just think of Vatican, its power and meaning!
… with its outstanding sea-shores’ and mountains’ panoramas offers unmemorable summer or winter holidays, for each taste and preference.
incomparable cuisine and delicious vine….
No wonder, Italy is a homeland to 53 World Heritage sites. Notice, the highest number of any other country in the world!
By the way, have it ever occurred to you that “8” itself is an alluring number? Kind of a straw in the wind to Infinity? While the Roman eternal radiance still owns and transmits its power…
The Less Obvious Italian Allures Yet Fluctuating on The Surface
At this point the list of Italian allures seems to be completed… However, I can’t help myself mentioning that Italy just as it is would hardly be it without two more love attractions to consider. Two more allures that are crucial and fundamental for the in-depth understanding of Italy.
The Italian language
Italian is so melodic and seductive at the same time, that once you’ve heard it you’ll want to learn it. At least that’s how it happened to me. My first day in Italy and I was completely with bell, book and candle linguistically in love. With the language, not a man. (That’s the priority, no hurry!). The Italian language is a radiance of emotions itself. It is like music, each phrase seems poetry (o drama, according to the context). While reading Eat, Pray, Love by couldn’t stop admiring how deeply Elizabeth Gilbert has felt and accurately described the substance of the Italian language.
Personally, I find it terribly interesting to understand how does the Italian language affluence the Italian way of thinking, and how does it shape the mentality of those people for whom it’s not native but who, for some reasons, use it on an everyday basis. Just like me.
The Italian people, just as they are
Finally, last but not least of all the Italian allures are Italians themselves. They are always smiling and vivacious. Seems like, Italian people are so colourful and easy-going. They are so charming and attractive. So warm and heart-opened. Indeed or apparently?
There have been so many gossips about the Italian attitudes. Some people say Italians are incredibly loyal, others that they are absolutely unreliable. Many people retain Italians are naturally smart to find a way out from any difficult situation, others take them for lazy and ignorant. Some say Italians are fabulous speakers, others that they are somewhat food-football-fashion addicted. According to some love stories Italian love is intensive and long-lasting, while the real experience tells us that the very concept of love in Italy is somewhat unpredictable and shallow.
So, what kind of people Italians really are?
Who knows, whether the Pink Panther could shed some light on this last but not least Italian allure? Even if he would, in today’s hectic and globalized world, that information won’t be up-to-date. So, my guess is we’ll have to do all hard work by ourselves…
By the way, what kind of love Italians are up to? In Italy in Love, let’s find out….
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