Do you remember Rule #4? People are awesome.
I have been in Italy 3 weeks and I bet I have “met” 100 people. I have asked for help,
directions, advice and
every time I have been greeted with a happy Italian who wanted to help. There was
the Bartender in Matera who did not speak a word of English nor did the driver who
gave us a ride for 5 miles to the correct location of our AirBnB. There was our host in
Naples that was so exited to tell us about his city. The grocery clerks who enjoyed
asking me questions in Italian until I gave them the deer in the headlight look, then she
asked in English. Every time she said it in Italian until I knew what she was asking.
When I finally answer the Italian version I got a smile.
We were trying to find our way somewhere in Matera. We were looking at a map and
trying to figure out where we were. Three people stopped to help. One stood out in
particular. An elderly gentleman who really wanted to help. After a couple people
couldn’t he stayed and asked “Italiano?” “No” we responded and he just shrugged a
sorry. It was really delightful. I have only encountered a couple oddities from this.
One was a young woman who the I don’t care look but it was not directed at us.
There was one crazy one who was yelling, again not at us, and we had one rude
person talking loud on a cell phone on one of the trains. This was 4 minutes on a
hour train ride, so not too bad. 97 percent is a really great percentage of nice. 99
percent if you exclude crazy and brief.
And The bus drivers who would make sure you made your stop. One even said “Hold on.
with me” He walked about 50 yards and pointed. “That is the best entrance
into the Castle”
The point is Italians are really nice and want to be helpful. I have thoroughly enjoyed
my time in Italy and would encourage everyone to visit. The people are great. The
sites are great. The food is great. I might even show you some soon :)
Rome, Matera, Venice, Trieste and I have only touched on what there is to see. Pisa,
Florence, Milan, Sicily, Corsica, and I could go on and on. I could spend 3 month here
and still not see it all. Sorry to anyone and anywhere I have missed in the country.
You can’t go wrong in Italy.
We are off to Vienna in two days. Time for one more pizza.