Italian stereotypes Part II. See here for Part I.
I marchigiani (the inhabitants of Marche) are greedy: an old saying goes “better a dead in a house that Marchigiano at the door”, that’s because, centuries ago, they were tax collectors papal and this has brought forth the idea that in this region are all greedy for money. In fact, this question of greed runs a bit too many regions but, in reality, greed is not a matter of the region, but of people. Let’s say that in Italy some people compensate for the complete lack of feeling with the meticulous care of the current account. But few people, very few, and are those which stay away. In short, those who would like to know a rotten apple? Who would want us to do? Greed and avarice are not typical of the Italians, but only the bad apples that exist in this land. In general Italians, from north to south, more or less, they are very generous.
Milan could not miss in this article. According stereotypes circulating, the Milanese are icebergs, people very cold, emotionless. Here, too, it would have to make some distinctions. Now … except that I challenge you to find a Milanese DOC in Milan (now count them on the fingers of one hand, unfortunately), but the real Milan are lovely people, once they know you. As always, and this is one thing you need to consider for all Italians of the north, you have to let you know, then if you go into sympathy, also in the north that’s it!
Another stereotype on which you can have doubts is “Southerners have no desire to work.” It is not entirely accurate, given the people, from southern Italy, went to other parts of the world and the country to work. Certainly the fact that the existence of the “problem of the South”, does not help to remove this stereotype, such as the propensity of the people in the south do not mess … well, sometimes that is true, but it depends on the moment!
And we close with the Romans: they say that these are “hillbillies” (peasants and rude) but … it is not true! They are sanguineous and they have a habit of saying what they think, but … sometimes what they think can hurt! Unfortunately the Roman people are direct and is therefore difficult to reason with them, but they are not bad. It’s a little how to say that in Naples are all thieves! It is true that the city is not at the top of lists of safety and hygiene, but in reality some people are not honest, others a little less.
But according to you, what they think about Italians?
And therein lies the fun. An old Italian saying says “you are like the pot calling the kettle black” and, gentlemen, it is true! You try to put Italians from different in a room and bring back the stereotypes of the various regions: almost certainly confirm all the faults of others and deny those of their region. Who knows, perhaps out of shame or maybe for pride! The fact is that everyone likes to find the faults of others, but their also no.
Hope you liked it! And do let us know about your conception of a “typical Italian” in the comments below.