Last month I posted a survey for Italophiles and asked what the big deal is anyway, with this stiletto boot-shaped country. I mean, yes we have wine. Yes, we have cheese. We even have nice hills and valleys. But come on people … what’s to love?
The answer was a resounding EVERYTHING. But to be a bit more specific, many respondents 1) professed their love of Italians (and come on, can you blame them? Those are some purty people.) and 2) ranted about the food and wine … and I gotta admit, the food *is* pretty darn good.
History and architecture came in a close third.
But not everyone agreed. Here is a breakdown and summary of other survey responses.
“(Italy) fits me. I am slower, more contemplative and I like pretty shiny stuff, too.”
“The sound of dishes clanking and the voices floating into my apartment during lunch time.”
“Sitting outside lovely cafes, people watching.”
“No one speaks English-and I love it!”
“Strolling in the piazza.”
“The opportunity to raise a bilingual child.”
And a few of the funnier responses …
– “You are not considered a wino for having a glass of vino with lunch.”
– “The RyanAir flight out … ha ha ha.” (Proof that not all expats are happy campers!)
– “I love the way Italians talk with their hands! I love the cobblestones … unless I am wearing high heels!”
And here are a few quotes from some of the more outspoken respondents who didn’t mind putting their name out there.
“Being Italian is always better!!!” – Paola (I know, Paola. My husband says the same thing!)
“Everybody, at least once in their lifetime, should get to vacation in Italy. It’s really a *must have* experience.” – Under Western Skies (I couldn’t agree more. Italy really *does* have something for everyone.)
“Sometimes it’s worth sacrificing modern convenience for the stately beauty of the past.” – Joanne (Sometimes it is, Joanne … sometimes.)
“I love being in a place where you can peel back the layers of art and history just walking down the street – from contemporary through baroque, renaissance, middle ages.” – Ciaochowlinda (Beautifully said, CiaochowLinda … it is like walking back through time.)
“You always want what somebody else has …” – Stephanie (So true, Stephanie. We might not have all-night pharmacies here, but life could be worse.)
“Find a way to save money and schedule a visit! Life is short.” – Martha (Amen!)
Special thanks to Think on It!, Always Italianissima, Under Western Skies, Amore e Sapore di Famiglia, Friends and Family in Italy, Un Calitrano Sordo, Lumignano Adventures, Frutta della Passione, Anne in Oxfordshire, Ciao Chow Linda, Andrea Unplugged and all of my other blogless friends for your assistance with this survey.
If you have read this list and still haven’t found enough reasons to love Italy, then read Italofile’s 20 Things We Love About Italy post. Surely you can find something there …
And lastly … do you remember that contest I had going on back in February? Well, we have a winner. Congratulations to Qualcosa di Bello, who interestingly enough made my day when I clicked over to her site after she won and saw “Light a candle for Cherrye and her family,” in response to the recent death of my father. I didn’t even realize she’d written that and it made a tough day a little easier to bear. So, thank you and congratulations on your prize.
Is there something you love about Italy that isn’t already listed? I love the laid-back atmosphere, being able to travel (mostly!) by train and the excitement of living in a stunningly beautiful country. What about you?