Ah, Italy, a complex country, full of culture, beautiful scenery, good food and nice people … nice people? Looking stereotypes about Italians, rather than beautiful people, we should talk about people unsettling, very unsettling!
How do the world see Italy? Well … according beliefs accumulated in centuries of observation, the world sees Italians like mafiosi, pizza and pasta serial eaters, dedicated to an industrial consumption of garlic, singers, obsessed with sex, and rowdy!
But … is it really so?
But never mind! Of course not! What inaccurate and foolish accusations, especially seen in the light of the stereotypes about the various Italian regions. Oh yes, because the Italians, between them, have to be framed in different stereotypes.
By the stereotypes about Italian regions, we learn that pizza and pasta are not so popular: to beat them is definitely the polenta, which is thought to be eaten throughout the north of the country. We do not know where the people who invented this stereotype has seen this profusion of polenta, the fact is that the inhabitants of northern Italy have earned the nickname of “magnapolenta”! But why stop there? Why not name the classic “Vicentini magnagatti” (eaters cats) (which is not true, but now joined in the collective), the Venetians dedicated aperitif, and Friuli grappa lovers?
And the funny story of the garlic? Garlic consumed in abundance in Italy? Oh no, absolutely not! Parsley is the true ubiquitous vegetable in Italian cuisine, so much so that you hear often use the expression “you are like parsley” because this plant – which regularly gets stuck between the teeth – is used either as an ingredient or as decoration . And, believe me, the smell of garlic can be fought with the mints, but you try to remove the chopped parsley to a dish of the restaurant: before you’ve finished, you’ll be older than Methuselah!
And about mafia? Want we to talk about it? The world must have seen too many times the film series “The Godfather” and thinks that Italy is all made that way! Oh no, absolutely not … do not say nonsense! In reality the Mafia is not as widespread as people think: it has more to do with a more refined “magna magna” in which few people will make their interests, but most of the Italians is and remains honest!
And so on also with regard to sex (in fact the average Italian tries to do it often, but more often than not do it), confusion (take a trip in some locations in northern Italy after 22.00 P.M.: I assure that a cemetery is more lively) and all the other things invented in the centuries regarding the Italians.
But, coming from the stereotypes typical of Italy, there are many others just to have fun.
Here are a few.
“Piemontesi falsi and cortesi”: indicates that people living in this region has a great kindness, but as for personal gain! In short, this is not so, come on! Piedmontese people I met are not false and courteous. Like all the inhabitants of northern Italy, but tend to be shy, if you can win them over, get as much from them. Then of course, there are bad apples, but, you know, for those there is always the box of organic waste!
Still curious about Italian stereotypes? Hold on for the second part of this article!