New York, New York Travel Agent
Italy & Identity
My father is from Italy and I have cousins who are still there, so after college, I decided to live there for a time.
I am Roman, not just Italian, and I say that with pride. Italy is still very much a land of city-states. Each has its own dialect and points of pride. In fact, if you ask an Italian “what are you,” the answer will probably be the name of the city-state. It is amazing that such a variety of identities, regional foods, art and architecture exists in such a relatively small area.
While Italy is rightly known as one of the richest countries of the world in terms of art, the art too varies from region to region.