Italian Friendliness and Creativity!

Photo by Sandra Thompson

I read a newspaper on line called “The Local, Italy” and one of the articles today made me smile. After making a couple of changes to reference Colledimezzo, I’m sharing it with you. It sums up what makes life in Italy so special.

The ten positives you’ll notice when moving to Italy from the US (or the UK)

The beauty
The way you can “stumble upon” beauty anywhere. The gorgeous architecture in churches and other buildings as well as small points of beauty such as the way someone has arranged their garden flowers.

The patience
The patience of the people with my poor Italian, the way they apologize because they don’t speak English! (Not necessary to apologize — this is Italy!).

The church bells
The sound of the church bells ringing, randomly as well as gloriously at 12 noon in the piazza.

The kindness
I asked the pharmacist how to contact the physiotherapist that lives in the village. When she couldn’t reach him by phone, she ran across the street and knocked on the door of his grandmother’s house to see if she knew where he was.

The friendliness
The way at holiday time, everyone greets each other with Buon Natale or Buon Anno.

The openness
The way you can meet people in a restaurant and become friends for life.

The history
No need to explain, it is overwhelming. The tiny village pf Colledimezzo (my home) brags of castles, palazzos and enough WWII stories to keep you enthralled all night.

The seasons
Here in Italy every season unfolds with such beauty and is distinct and wondrous.

The people
The old men sitting in cafes talking endlessly and watching the world go by. And the way every single Italian has an opinion on most things, and loves to share it.

The security
The feeling that I am safe and never alone. People are always willing to help.

The creativity
The creativity used to make everything work… somehow.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. clauluca08
    Nov 16, 2021 @ 12:31:56

    I stumbled on this little gem of a blog!

    My mother is from Colledimezzo; I’ve been back a few times and my father was an annual fixture there pre Covid.

    It’s intriguing and fascinating to see how the town is evolving.

    I look forward to visiting with my family soon, once Covid calms down. I hope to meet you!

    Reply

  2. Stacey Penlon
    Jan 18, 2022 @ 14:14:23

    Hello!! I am an American looking at property in Colledimezzo and found your blog. I was wondering if I can write you directly with some questions I have. I’m 51 and thinking about buying a place now for my future retirement. Thank you!!
    Stacey

    Reply

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