Even someone who has never encountered Italians in real life has a certain idea of their character, borrowed from films and books. The same goes for Italian women; they are legendary for their hot temper and their emotionality. But is it true? Here are some things you should know about Italian women.
If you imagine a typical Italian as loud-voiced, dark-skinned people, always surrounded by a bunch of kids, then you fell victim to stereotypes. Large families in Italy are in the past: the average family consists of 2.7 people, and the birth rate has completely dropped to a minimum. Curly hair and olive skin are characteristic only for natives of the south Apennines (and even not for everyone), and among the northerners, there are a lot of light-eyed people with brown and even light brown hair. Nevertheless, Italians are still easy to recognize in any crowd, not only by their characteristic gestures but also by their peculiar behavior.
The meaning of life in Italian
What can be said about the beautiful Italian women that weren’t said before? Their character is very much legendary, and many men sacrificed their time, money, and even status in order to conquer the heart of an Italian girl. But why is that? The main feature of the Italian character is the love of life and the ability to enjoy it. Congenital Italian hedonism manifests itself in everything from excellent cuisine to a love of festivals. Italians love themselves, maybe a little less than life, but just enough to be considered optimists. To torment, repent, strengthen the soul with suffering – this is not something that can be said about Italian people. But without tasty dinner with a glass of good wine, friendly gatherings in the company of relatives or bosom friends, an invariable siesta and, of course, there is no life for an Italian person.
The distinctive features of Italian hedonism are a) lack of connection with age; b) amazing ability to get comfortable with maximum comfort in any circumstances; c) special attitude to money. According to Italians, the joys of being can be enjoyed not only at 20 but also at 90, and to live with taste, it is not necessary to be a millionaire.
Theatrical passions and household disagreements
The emotionality of Italians is not an exaggeration. The low percentage of cardiovascular diseases in this country is largely due to the national tradition of not hiding emotions but instantly splashing them out, taking out everything that frustrates them. Whether the long-awaited son was born to a cousin, Lazio lost to Juventus, a computer broke, there can be no doubt that an Italian will express their emotions about what is happening right away and do so out loud, even when alone. In public, children’s immediacy risks escalating into theatricality. Regardless of gender and age, Italians like adopting certain images, depicting either a proud beauty, a magnanimous man with a hear of gold, or an honest, poor man. The latter image, by the way, is not so rare: The Italians love to be stingy. Whether others envy or sympathize them – this is not the most important thing for Italians; the main thing is to be in the spotlight.
However, all the stormy emotions, as a rule, are shallow and unstable, and in no way affect the ability of Italians to think quickly and sensibly when it comes to their affairs, especially financial ones. Italians know how to count money quite well; they are not inclined to party until there’s no money left or make rash financial decisions, and the ability to save is considered one of the national virtues.
System of values
In the first place in the heart of any resident of Italy will always be family and home. The importance of family-kinship in their lives is difficult to exaggerate. A lone Italian is as rare as snow in Sicily. Hence, by the way, addiction to mobile phones – after all, with each member of the family you need to chat at least once a day.
Football takes the honorable second place, and the passion for it knows no exceptions. Only in Italy, both a 17-year-old boy and his 70-year-old grandmother can turn out to be equally ardent fans.
In the third place is friendship. At the same time, Italians clearly share purely friendly relations, arising, as a rule, even in childhood, and business friendship on the principle of “you give to me and I give to you.”
The other values are different based on a given Italian person. For some, it is a success with the opposite gender, for some, it is money, while for someone, it’s a favorite hobby. Do Italians love their country? Of course! But this does not prevent them from cheating when paying taxes and cleverly slipping between paragraphs of countless laws. Workaholics are rare among Italians; after all, life is too good to spend most of it on work.