As a nation state, Italy has emerged only in 1871. Until then the country was politically divided into a large number of independant cities, provinces and islands. The currently available evidences point out to a dominant Etruscan, Greek and Roman cultural influence on today's Italians.
AmyT wrote:I figured it was probably very exaggerated.. but it made me laugh.
Amy thanks for that. It may be a bit exaggerated, but the first few are right on. The Bus especially, Italians transport systems are notorious (and rightly so I have been a few times and experienced it first hand)
for being NOT on time and a bit chaotic. I laughed so much. I have been all over Europe, and it is very true they certainly are unique in many ways. While so many other countries in Europe are so similar.
Well wedo share something. I have been skiing for the past 50 years going from wood skis and leather boots& shoelaces to current stuff and still ski downhill with an intense dislike of snowboards. thjats why i ski Taos since they do not allow those coal shoveling noise makers on their slopes......and don't forget to call out when your coming from behind!!!!! Peter
Taho is about 2.5 hours from me, so my friends go all the time, but they snowboard.. which I've tried all of once, and thought I was going to kill myself. So I've never gone, first because of the expense, and second because I value my never been broken bones... Thats not to say I would never try it if I had money and equipment, I think it would be a blast to try..
'If you never open doors to let anyone in, no one can get in, but neither can you get out.'