American Life, the Italian Way

A few days back my sister-from-another-mister, Rome girl Sophia, shared a lovely little article from the Huffington Post called 7 Things Americans Can Learn From Italians.

I must say, I’m not usually one to toot my own horn, but I was happy to see that to one extent or another the list is made up of the things that stand at the heart of this blog.  What we learned and experienced first hand in Italy snuck back to America with us thankfully … and although we have by no means kept up with them all fully and completely (realistically, who can fight back against the hustle and bustle of American culture?  Starbucks and work on the go are unfortunately ever present these days) they are still a part of our lives.

Here’s a little photo journey of the 7 things the author listed, and to accompany them I included Roman and American versions of each.

1. Eat slowly, locally, and with others.

A lazy lunch in Piazza della Rotonda
Taking a panino break while exploring Florence
Rome Dinner 2013

2. Drink a little bit, but not too much.

Cheers to Bethany’s engagement at Miscellanea
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A Tiziano Christmas toast
Stateside drinks during Junior Moms Weekend

3. You should indulge a little every now and then … perche no??

The first of many gelato indulgences in Italy
Never enough pizza at L’antica Pizzeria da Michele in Naples
Dining Hall baklava … so sweet

4. Stop hurrying, start relaxing.

Lazy lunch for the group while visiting the Sea
Always time for a little seaside romp
Coffe, pastries, and people watching in Chicago

5. Having family nearby is the best thing ever.

**whether it’s by skype, or having friends who become family when you’re far from home

Much of the group, posing for a final Trevi fountain photo
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Skyping with the family in Indiana while I was in Rome
Golden Birthday celebrations with the family

6. Gather and spend time outdoors.

Taking it all in, in sunny Italy
Our own Sarah became a Piazza Navona street performer
Roommates in gorgeous La Jolla
The Belles at the Eiffel Tower
“Laughter is the sound of the soul dancing”
Artsy Belles heading out into the world to share the love

The full article by Lisa_Miller can be found here.  I highly recommend doing to the Italian thing, sitting down with a caffe, and reading up for some tips on achieving la vita bella stateside.

Wishing a very Happy New Year to one and all!


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