The Italian Lifestyle in Photos — Only in Italy

Chaotic traffic in Italy Photo by Margie MiklasAs you know I take photos everywhere I go in Italy.I like to find the beauty on a narrow street and the tranquility of the setting sun, but I also  seem to be drawn to unique circumstances.

These situations in Italy depict the Italian lifestyle and most of the time, make me smile.  I hope you enjoy these photos and maybe even find the humor as did I. You gotta love it…it’s Italy.

Driving and Parking in SicilyWhile this chaotic parking situation in the Sicilian city of Milazzo was frustrating to me at the time, I realize that this is normal in Sicily and also many other regions of Italy. Somehow they make it work. Only in Italy…

Parking in CataniaPark anywhere you can….an example of  sidewalk parking in Catania…no problem.

Condom machine in RomeCommon sights in Rome and many other cities are sidewalk condom vending machines.

Delivery truck of houselhold goods in CesaroA delivery truck loaded with household goods draws the locals from their homes in Cesarò, the Sicilian village of my grandparents.

“Il dolce far niente” in Siracusa. These men know how to take it easy. Translated to mean “the sweetness of doing nothing” is one of my favorite Italian traditions, where sitting around doing nothing is actually an event, and one that is viewed as something positive.

Traffic in RomeTraffic in Rome…Cross when you can. There are no real rules.

Palermo trafficMore free for all in traffic patterns..this time in Palermo. The locals take it in stride.

Cleaning vegetables outsideThis woman in Rome smiled as I asked for permission to photograph her as she cleaned her beans outside on the sidewalk in Rome.

No overheard produce off the back of a truck No overhead produce for sale right off the truck. Can it get any fresher than this?

I love Italy and you have to take the good with the bad. From my perspective as a frequent visitor to Italy, it’s mostly good.

I’d love to hear your feedback. Please leave a comment.

Grazie and ciao.

About Margie Miklas

An award-winning author, Margie Miklas writes medical thrillers and travel memoirs about Italy, a place which has captured her passion for travel. She is also the creator and owner of the travel blog, Margie in Italy, and a contributing writer for an Italian-American newspaper. A retired critical-care nurse, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her three cats. Her favorite place is the beach, and she likes learning new computer skills, when she is not writing. A member of the Florida Writers Association, Margie makes her home in Florida.
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23 Responses to The Italian Lifestyle in Photos — Only in Italy

  1. Francis says:

    Great pics. Would also like to know what camera you use.

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  2. Yes yes yes great post Margie. I saw a lot of that sidewalk parking on Florence. And spot on with Rome traffic and crossing a street. Kind of like a game of dodge ball on a more dangerous field. Fun post!!

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  3. Debra Kolkka says:

    Italy is so beautiful we can forgive it for everything, except maybe the service at the post office…anything official actually.


  4. what a joy to read this fun article this morning – you really captured the Italian way-of-life well. Carina


  5. Ishita says:

    You capture Italy in its good and bad the best, Margie!


  6. Tony says:

    Great photos, I love how you capture everyday life and share the “real” Italy with us all!


  7. I remember being driven across Catania once, being astonished by the traffic, the lack of rules, and that somehow it actually worked!


  8. stephanie710 says:

    Great photos, as always, Margie. I so enjoy seeing Italy through the eyes of your lens 🙂


  9. imarancher says:

    I love the condom machines. When you absolutely, positively gotta have it now! Well, it is Bella Italia. . .


  10. livedinitaly says:

    Reblogged this on Livedinitaly's Blog and commented:
    Italy as only the Italians can live it. Loved this while living there for six years.


  11. Rose Ann says:

    You have to love the Italians. The first time we went to Italy our tour guide in Rome told us to be careful crossing the street because a red light is only a suggestion. We saw a car parked on the wrong side of the street, facing the other direction.. We have made more trips back with friends and always the men are sitting on a bench, cafe or playing cards..we are the women, oh in the house cooking. Lol ..When in Palermo our hotel manager told us to park our car in a gated parking lot and to take the bus or walk, you don’t want to drive in Palermo, hum, we are from New York..we took his the produce truck, we had a produce truck who came to our neighborhood, as well as the knife sharpener, good memories..there are many sites I love in Italy and take many pictures.. I have a love affaire with Italy, oh did I mentioned I am second generation Italian American..I love seeing your photos, videos, articles, would love to relocate to Italy…maybe someday.


  12. Diana says:

    Great shots Margie! Love the woman in Rome! 🙂


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