People of Italy- By Region
Recently, I had the great fortune to be able to travel through Italy, from Milan in Lombardia, in the north central region of the country to Catania, Sicily nearly the southern most destination in Italy. What I found interacting with the Italian people, was a warm reception everywhere we went. Italians are a people in love with their country, brimming at pride over their products, from fine grain supple leather goods, to the most incredible tomatoes (arguably, on the planet), to their incredible design aesthetic (think: Milano runways, Fiorentino jewels, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Lancia and potentially one of the most celebrated, extensive repositories of art, architecture and artifacts dating back to pre-recorded history (8,000 yrs). Not to mention the genius of Leonardo Da’Vinci. Why wouldn’t they boast?!
Yet, I never once encountered arrogance nor an uninviting glance even from a native, while visiting their fascinating land. On the contrary, I met folks from many walks of life, many ages, many educational backgrounds and financial stations. All seemed willing, correction, eager to assist in ensuring an optimal experience while in their country. Notwithstanding the fact that I admitted to being American, not speaking their language fluently and all in the midst of our possibly most fervently volatile presidential election in the history of the US.
Not even going there, only to say that it was at a time when one or another of them might have cast aspersion on the idea that I am American. It did not happen. They embraced me as if they already knew that my visit to their country was one of fascination and an innate identification with their culture, that I so wanted to be a part of. In fact, they spoke to me of ways I could return and how they would help me when I expressed my love for their country, its flavour and inhabitants.