Culture & Identity of Italy
The Italians work to live and the daily way of life truly revolves around enjoying
life, not work. However, work occupies much of their time and is needed to make
the money wanted to enjoy life.
The way of life in Italy should begin with the weekends (Saturday-Sunday), evenings,
and vacations, which are most often taken during the summer months when school is
out. Life in Italy is social as people gather whenever they are given the chance.
This may just mean dinner at home with the family or an extended vacation to the
beaches or perhaps a ski trip to the Alps. Every Italian seems to love these times
off and tends to fill these times with socialization, good food, and local Italian
wines. For some, their Catholic faith is also important and Sunday is a day to attend
To have this relaxed lifestyle, the Italians work much like people throughout the
world. Most people live and work in the cities, which is where nearly 70% of the
population lives. The occupations are divided, but most working Italians have jobs
in the services sector, with somewhat regular hours. For most people this means
the workday begins at about 8:30 am and ends at about 7:00 pm. However, many people
take a long lunch midday at home. Work seems to start late most Monday mornings
and sometimes also cuts out early Thursday or Friday afternoons. However, for those
people working in restaurants or bars the hours are vastly different as most restaurants
only open at about 3:00 pm and many Italians eat late into the evening.