La Famiglia e Soldi/Economia

Serena M and Erica D

La Famiglia

  • Big families come together a lot and usually live near each other.

  • People over the age of 30 that can't find jobs are often forced to live with their parents. Single men or women can live with their parents into their 50s or 60s if needed.

  • Traditionally, children grew up to work in family owned businesses. Today, young Italians find their own line of work.

  • Italy is still mainly a male-dominated society. Men expect women to take care of them.

  • The average northern family has one or two children

Comparison- Children tend to move out around the ages 19-21 and find a job/career. But America is kind of like Italy because Men in America also expect woman to care for them.


  • Italy is one of the world's largest wine producers and a major producer of cheese.

  • “The euro replaced the lira as Italy's currency in 2002”

  • in 2013, the unemployment rose to 12% and 40% of Italy's youth was left unemployed.

  • Italy was the third-largest economy in the euro zone. but the economy started to fall apart once the lira was replaced. Many people thought the price increases hurt the economy.

Comparison- In 2013, the unemployment rate was about 16%, and 12.3 million Americans were unemployed.

Ferie Epiphany e Carnevale

  • The celebration of Epiphany is mostly a children’s holiday. It celebrates the end of Christmas.

  • On Epiphany, parents often take their children to piazza to buy small gifts and candies from the Christmas shop, and they usually see performances such as magicians or jugglers.

  • Children write ‘La Befana’ to ask her for specific presents during the celebration of Epiphany.

  • Carnevale is celebrated at the end of lent

  • Children usually dress up in costumes and enter in village parades with their parents.

  • Italy's most famous Carnevale celebrations take place in Venice

Comparison- in America we have “ 3 Kings Day” instead of “Epiphany”

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

  • "Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore" in English means "Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower", and it is the main church of Florence, Italy.
  • The Dome is 4.6 meters (15 ft) high, 9.2 meters (30 ft) long
  • the Florence Cathedral was originally called "Il Duomo di Firenze" and began being built in 1296, and was completely built by 1436