Since I arrived in the US three years ago every person that I met was asking me always the same questions. It is interesting to see how many stereotypes characterize my country and today I will talk about some of them that are very common and most of all not that true. Before starting reading these five explanations understand that the only personal goal is to clear some thoughts about Italy that have been generalized and are not the real characteristics of a beautiful country as that is.
- Talk with our hands
Let’s start with a common thing that is known to characterize the Italian population, the hands gestures. For the last three years I have been meeting a lot of people and I can assure you that most of them would show me their hands with the “usual” Italian gesture and start talking with an Italian accent. I’m sure we use our hands more than others but I cannot see great of a difference and push for using it as a stereotype for Italians.
The second thing that seems to characterize the Italian population is the MAFIA. Now it is known that a lot of things are owned by the mafia power in Italy but there are many more things that characterize Italy and that make it one of the most beautiful countries in the world and I can assure you the mafia is not one of them. So maybe we should concentrate more on the positive thins and the history of a country instead of the negative things that characterize it.
Another idea that is very common in America as regard to Italy is the use of mopeds. This common thought comes from different movies about Italy, like the Lizzie McGuire movie, in which it seems that the only thing they go around, is a moped. These ideas are a little generalized to the whole population but the reality is that it is not that common. I know that all our thoughts are just a consequence of stereotypes but I think sometimes we should look forward and realize what is the reality of things.
A thing that it is very true though is the loudness of people. It depends on which part of Italy you visit but most of the population can agree on the fact that Italians are really loud. It is not only when they are mad but in every kind of situation, especially when they are happy. I would say that one of the loudest places in Italy are the fresh markets where sellers would yell what they are selling. It is a very loud place but also a great experience.
- Pasta at every meal
The last common stereotype is the presence of the pasta at every meal. In the past, the meals in Italy were characterized by three main courses. The first one would be characterized by pasta, the second by meat or fish and vegetables and the last one with fruit or desert. However, now most of the meals are characterized by only two courses, so only pasta or meat and veggies and fruit. I wish I could eat that many courses and still be in shape, especially with pasta.