Five Things That Will Blow Your Mind About Living in Italy

There’s always a rainbow over Calcata. Photo by Stacey Eskelin.
  1. When someone displeases you in Italy, you can take out a denuncia or complaint against them, and then go to court. In, like, ten years.
NOT the Contessa, actually, but I figure she could play her on television. No, this was an actress hired to stand on our balcony while they were shooting a scene in the piazza. We got PAID MONEY to let her be there. Photo by Stacey Eskelin.
  1. Equally quaint is the Italian real estate custom of nuda proprietà.
Your own little retirement-age cash cow.
  1. It’s probably good then that there aren’t any FICO scores in Italy.
Euros. Colorful, aren’t they? I’m so used to seeing them, it’s American money that looks fake to me. Photo by Ibrahim Boran.
  1. Know what else is refreshing? Being able to take your dog to a café or a mall.
An adorable dog shopping at a drugstore. Photo by Peter Plashkin.
  1. Italy has twelve national public holidays each year, not including regional holidays honoring local saints.
An interesting place to enjoy one of those Italian holidays — Chia (pron. KEE-ya), which is where famous (and controversial) film director Pier Paolo Pasolini spent his last years. Photo by Stacey Eskelin.

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