A stereotype may be negative or positive, but even positive stereotypes present two problems: They are cliches, and they present a human being as far more simple and uniform than any human being actually is. – Nancy Kress

Ladies and Gentlemen, in my previous post we had reviewed some common stereotypes associated to Italy, Italians and Italianity… Let’s have a further look!

Italians Drink a Lot of Coffee

This stereotype is true! Italians can’t live without coffee, they drink a lot of it. Moreover, Italians do drink coffee several time a day – from dawn till dusk, actually.

What one must know is that Italian coffee is espresso, but Italians call it just “coffee”, i.e. “caffè”. Whereas you would like a cap (or a mug) of coffee, you should ask for an “Americano”. Rest assured that Italians will give you odd looks while you’ll be sitting and sipping on it. The point is, Italians rush into a bar, order it, talk about last night’s soccer game or the latest gossip for few minutes, then take it back in one shot and next minute they are out.

Besides, keep in mind that Italian coffee is black and bitter! If you want some milk in your espresso, you should order a “caffè macchiato”. And take sugar! 

Italians Love a Good Cappuccino

God bless Italy and Cappucino! In Italy all meals are sacred and breakfast is of no exception. Unlike a typical American or North European breakfast, an authentic Italian breakfast normally includes “una pasta dolce” (usually a cornetto o a croissant) and a cappuccino. The quality of cappuccino – as of every drink or food in general – is taken very seriously. The perfect mix of coffee, milk and foam is an art itself and Italians know places where to find the best cappuccino.

Italians are Fashion Addicted

Oh, yes!!! Italy is a wonderland of Fashion! Just look at all these famous designer names, including Prada, Versace, Armani, Gucci, Fendi, Trussardi, Dolce & Gabbana and so on! And, of course, Italians are fashion addicted! They have it in DNA to appear nicely and effectively, sexy and up-to-date. Italian people do like to wear branded clothes, yet not everything has to be designer – it’s sufficient to wear high-quality fabrics.

Fashion and individualism are very favoured in Italy, and Italians will dress stylishly for every occasion. So don’t be surprise to see men wearing yellow or red pants, pink or orange tie or stylish Borsalino hat. On the contrary, you’ll hardly meet anyone dressed against Italian fashion rules.

Italian men are very romantic ans sophisticated lovers

And here we go! Italian men do enjoy romance (I guess, just like everyone else in this world), but especially they know how to be sexy and fascinating. The real experts in seduction, Italians know how to be desirable in their own Italian way. They make their ladies go crazy. Also because often it is hard to understand whether it’s love or just sex attraction.

Gifted and sophisticated lovers, however, Italians rarely give their ladies flowers, send a chocolates or act romantically on every day basis. Who knows, maybe that’s why Italy has a high separation rate. According to statistics, a surprisingly huge number of Italian marriages are likely to end in separation or divorce within the first five or four years.

Italians are Real Gentlmen

According to courtesy manners, a gentleman will never let a lady go home unescorted, leave a lady’s glass empty and ask her to split a bill at a restaurant… With all due respect, Italians are fantastic, but the overwhelming majoruty of Italian men have no idea about how to be a gentlen… Sad but true.

Mamma rules the roost

In Italy, la mamma is still a dominant figure, whilst the family concept is very important. That’s why many Italians either live next to their parents, or even in the same house. Families often gather together over a meal and  maintain a close contact. Besides, the stereotype that most Italian men in their mid-thirties still live with their mamma is actually true. And, of course, mamma rules the roost!

Italians alway say: “Mamma mia!”, “Va fan culo!” and “Che due palle!”

This stereotype is so true…especially when it comes to soccer, politics or work issues. Italian people really do say these words, quite often. But who doesn’t, after all?

To be continued…

Have in mind other stereotypes associated to Italy? Please share and we’ll discuss them!

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