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CultureShock! Italy by Alessandro Falassi, Raymond Flower

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‘The traveller who has gone to Italy to study the tactile values of Giotto, or the corruption of the Papacy, may return remembering nothing but the blue sky and the men and women under it.’—E M Forster

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FAMILY

The Italian defines himself by his appurtenance to his village, province, region, etc. But first and foremost his loyalty is to his family.

Derived directly from the ancient Roman gens (clan), the modern Italian family forms the backbone of Italy’s culture today. The permanence and equilibrium provided by family ties explain ...

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