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Old 11-10-2008, 12:38 AM   #1
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Any Mamas in Italy? Tell me about Italy!

I am so excited to hopefully visit Italy. I wanted to know some things about Italy and thought I could find the info here from the Diaperswappers mamas. I saw Angel's post and she said that I could use her questions. Anyway.. PLEASE give me all the details, tips, etc.
Also if you know of some great places to visit on vacation with a family would be. {we have teens, a 3yr. old & baby}. Also a vacation spot/spots for two adults{couple alone}.

Here are the questions~ {Thanks again Angel for letting me borrow your words/questions}.
I have also included some of my own.

I can look up and google all day about another country (I am in U.S.) but that isn't going to tell me about the personal experience of what it's really like to live there. We have often thought of what it would be like in other countries, to at least visit.
For those of you there via military from U.S. would probably be able to really tell the differences.

There's various things I wonder about such as:

1. What healthcare system do you have? Is it a universal plan, or individual policies people would buy like in the U.S. Do you have a government aid medical assistance? Do you like the way the healthcare system currently is?

2. Are there more conservatives or liberals in politics? How does that effect your laws?

3. Do they have fair trials in courts?

4. Are the laws simular to U.S. Such as no drinking and driving? Are street drugs illegal and punishable by law? What is the legal drinking age?

5. How about the right to bare arms?
Now some of mine~

6. What is the main religion there? Are you free to worship different religions? What about Pagan, Wicca, Jewish, etc? Is prayer/religion in schools? If so, which religion? {Catholic, etc}

7}. What about the school system? What would be a typical day for a child in school? What about preschool?

8}. For adults, is there an "Italian as a second language" class? {Ex. Here in the US we have free "English as a second language" classes for people who want to learn English or need help, etc}.

9}. How are Americans treated and thought of there?

10}. What is shopping & dining out like there? Are there any 'do's & don't's"?

11}.What cultural tips or FYIs should one know when visiting and/or living there?

12}. Just anything else you want to share or I need to know!

That's about all I can think of for now.. PMs are welcome if you prefer not to reply here

Thanks so much mamas for taking the time to read and respond!


Kaydee- Mama to: G{21},G{17]B{8},B{5}and Born-sleeping, AngelBaby,who is in our hearts forever! Abigail Neveah{Feb 23, 2007}
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:39 PM   #2
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Re: Any Mamas in Italy? Tell me about Italy!

No mamas in Italy??
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Old 11-22-2008, 04:18 PM   #3
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Re: Any Mamas in Italy? Tell me about Italy!

I've only gone on holiday there so don't know much outside of touristy things. But I LOVED it there and we're planning another trip there.

I do believe the main religion is Christinianity based on the close proximity to Vatican City.
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Old 12-25-2008, 10:09 PM   #4
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Re: Any Mamas in Italy? Tell me about Italy!

I just moved back to the U.S. after living in Italy for 2 years. But I wasn't there as military, though I did visit a friend on a base--the experience is different. And the locals opinions of Americans is different there too (ie. various protests) I also travelled all across the country. Of course I have some strong opinions of Italy and not all favorable but there are very big differences as to what people are like depending on the region. Are you going to visit or live there? And do you know what part? If just visiting what time of year and for how long?
(Best place, I know typical, but really wonderful for a couple alone is Venice, and Americans love this place but Cinque Terra really is romantic, but only go in summertime. For family, Pompeii is great and also historical, and I really loved Sicily many old ruins. Rome also good. Many love Florence for it's rich art history but that is where you will run into the most American tourists and the most snobby Italians)

I guess I can try to tackle some of you questions. Healthcare, I miss greatly. People pay high taxes but have completely free healthcare, including to some extent even for illegal immigrants, also people entitled to pension, and 1 month of paid vacation-always in August everyone goes to the beaches and in the cities everything is closed, and around 20 additional paid holidays.

Italy has an interesting political history, not to be forgotten a fascist one at that. It's not unusual to find supporters of fascism. Many are openly racist and nationalistic. But there is also some history of Communist Party. In my opinion currently things are to the right.

I would call their trials as fair as you could call ours.

I believe the legal drinking age is 16, but even so their attitudes regarding alcohol is very different than ours. There is much less of problems of alcoholism. You are allowed to have alcohol in the street and in public but it's looked down on. Small amounts of wine and beer are given freely to children and it is considered food more than alcohol. From what I was told at least in the case of marijuana it's illegal to sell but not consume. I've seen some openly smoking in the park.

The main religion, of course with the center of it there in Rome, is Catholicism. Vatican happenings are reported daily in the news. But I would say there's a gap between what is taught and what the majority actually practice, esp. regarding birth control ect. Mostly if you see other religions they are usually immigrants.

Schools vary depending on public and private--many private schools being half in English. Hours are fewer than American schools. Schools are very small, in each neighborhood.

There are lots of Americans living all across Italy and many Italian classes to accommodate them. There are even free Italian classes for other immigrants, there are many from Morocco, Romania, Ukraine, Peru, Albania, Polish, Tunisian, Nigerian ect.

I'm gonna skip the American question, just too much to say.

Clothing and eating out is very expensive, and it can be hard to find food to an American's liking. Do's and don'ts , they don't tip waiters and when you enter a store try to always salutare say hi and bye when you come and go. Also dress nicely to fit in better. Also just to note every single time I flew into Italy bags were lost, good news is they will deliver them to you wherever you're staying, but sometimes might take a couple of days.

Anyway that's a little start, but feel free to PM me if you have other questions.
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