Italian Lifestyle: how to live the Italian way of life

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In a glass of Italian wine – especially those with bold and structured characteristics, like a good Barolo – there is not only the magnificent result of winemaking; the most refined palates can taste something more, among the mineral and undergrowth notes: the distillate of Italian culture. 

If wine is one of the products that best express their territory – the colors of the landscape, the density of the air, the skill of cultivation, and the tradition of the winery – choosing an Italian label means taking a sip of the iconic Italian lifestyle in its most authentic sensations. When we talk about Italian style, we talk about broad beauty. It’s a matter of good taste, in the fashion sector (think of the visionary names that have brought Italian fashion to the catwalks and wardrobes around the world) and in the food sector, the Mediterranean cuisine and the regional treasures that reveal the unique flavor of the Bel Paese in every bite. It’s not just about prestigious excellences but a true way of living: the Italian dolce vita. This is also one of the reasons why Italy is famous worldwide. Along with great dishes, great wines, great historical, artistic, and cultural monuments, there is a different idea of time: a slowness that becomes carefreeness, relaxation, freedom, slow tasting of flavors and moments. In this article, we dive in the heart of all this.

The Ingredients of Italian Culture: The 3 Fundamental Characteristics 

If we were asked what are the typical elements of Italian culture, we would most likely find ourselves declining these three basic values in all aspects of everyday life.  

First, conviviality. Think of the large tables set with care, whether it is a kitchen for Sunday lunch or the ceremonial hall at a wedding. And then outings, excursions, family and friends’ travels. Italians are warm, welcoming, hospitable; it’s often said they are also noisy, expansive, and communicative, always ready to party. As an alcohol advertisement from 2020 says: “Italians, you are too much. And that’s why we love you.” And then, for more restrained socializing, there is also the magnificent custom of the “courtesy visit”: with the promise of not staying too long and the intention of staying a little longer. In any form of aggregation, Italian culture is a sense of belonging, family, group – it’s a desire to be together. 

To explain what are the common values in Italy, there is one response that prevails above all: beauty. Think of the marvelous landscapes that span from north to south, between poetic cliffs, majestic peaks, and picturesque bays. Inspiration for poets and painters, home to unique wines in the world – one of the prides of Made in Italy. Among these, Barolo is one of the great protagonists of Italian wine culture. It’s a strong and structured wine, born among the soft hills of the Langhe and that fully tells the Italian culture: the gestures, the mastery, the history, the exercise of beauty. 

Then think of the architectural beauties, from the Duomo of Milan to the Colosseum, from the Mole Antonelliana to the Leaning Tower of Pisa; and then the masterpieces kept in the Uffizi Gallery and in the Vatican Museums and in the hundreds of residences and historical sites scattered throughout the peninsula. The backdrop of the Grande Bellezza. 

In this territory – geographical and social – unique in the world, there is a lowest common multiple, the fundamental characteristic of Italian style: the culture of pleasure. Perhaps it is the most difficult aspect to explain, but it is the one that is perceived with the most intensity. The slow pleasure that sipping a cup of coffee can offer, admiring a sunset over the sea, not to mention the sensations that tasting a good red wine in a Langhe winery can give. The pleasure of good food made with love, the pleasure of dolce far niente, the pleasure of the small daily pleasures that define the Italian way of life. 

Discover the Most Common Italian Habits

The typical values of Italian life translate into daily occasions. Let’s see, therefore, what are the most typical and interesting Italian habits. As for conviviality, the aperitivo is very widespread (and trendy). It’s the perfect union of three pillars (and three pleasures) of Italian culture: alcohol, food, being together. The beauty of the aperitivo is that it’s extra time, unexpected, different from the classic meals. It can be improvised with ease, it’s an occasion for free, informal socializing, and at the same time, it can be an opportunity to experiment with new tastes and finger foods, to make a special acquaintance, to try a new label. If you’re undecided: a good Chardonnay is always the right choice. In the Boroli household, the Langhe Chardonnay Bel Ami, in particular, is the perfect label for an Italian-style aperitivo. The elegance is perceived from the bright golden color; from the glass, an interesting and fruity bouquet emanates, on the palate, it’s soft and harmonious, without sacrificing structure. It’s ideal for accompanying the best moments of conviviality. 

To meet people randomly and enjoy the beauties or entertainment of a city, there is also the custom of the passeggiata. A leisurely walk without a specific destination, where you can stop for a chat, or for shopping, to have a drink or something to eat. The stroll downtown is a typical Sunday afternoon tradition when there’s something to see outside the house and when maybe you need to take a breath of fresh air after a fantastic lunch. Speaking of post-lunch habits: the pennichella. It’s a rare moment of beauty, the post-lunch afternoon nap, it’s the Italian version of the siesta, but less institutionalized. After finishing eating, you lay down on the sofa (with a blanket in the colder months) and recharge your energies, without haste to do anything else – it’s one of the gems of the true Italian experience. 

From culture to sociality, passing through Italian food 

When we ask what characterizes Italian culture what is painted in front of us is a broad, interconnected landscape of perceptions and sensations. 

A conceptual framework in which alongside natural wonders, there are days spent at the beach, the profiles of villages reflecting in the symmetries of ateliers, there are set tables, illuminated grand stages and generations coexisting in neighborhoods, the enthusiasm of Sunday sports and the smell of freshly baked lasagna, ingenuity, and creativity, suspended coffee and classical music, the patron saint festival and Saturday night pizza, there’s a bottle of vintage Barolo, one that crystallizes emotions and memories; Italy is loving with good food and celebrating with a toast, it’s heritage and gestures, it’s flair and history – everywhere it’s wonder. Italian culture is an invitation to live intensely every little sip of beauty: come and discover it in our cellar in the Langhe! 

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