Featured Image 1152x370Learn some of the advantages southern Italy has over the northern sections. While most people have visited the northern cities like Rome, Pisa, and Milan, they might not realize what they are missing in the south. Paul and Steven discuss a blog post about this and whether they agree with every point.

Topics covered:

  • Paul’s Uncle Guy listening to boxer Nino Binvinito on the radio
  • We discuss why southern Italy is better than northern Italy according to this blog post
  • Why the “economic crisis” of the south is good news for any travelers coming to Puglia
  • Why Paul thinks the “economic crisis” isn’t much of a crisis
  • That the beaches in the south are better than the north
  • It’s hard to find a lot of sandy beaches, but the beaches are spectacular
  • This mind-blowing fact: Even though it is the smaller island, Sardinia’s jagged coastline (1849km) is almost twice as long as Sicily’s (1000km).
  • Which mainland state in the U.S. Paul thought had the longest coastline, that being Rhode Island. This is actually incorrect, and from I can see, it actually has the most coastline per square mile of land.
  • Why we do think the food in the south is better than the north
  • Why some people in the south don’t eat a lot of meat
  • Why we don’t necessarily agree that the people in the south are friendlier than those in the north
  • People complaining about the attitude of Romans
  • Green energy in southern Italy
  • The air “pollution” at Villa Cappelli (jasmine, olive oil and grapes)
  • The passeggiata (evening stroll) tradition in southern Italy
  • How Italians dress up to leave the house
  • How Italian men are very metrosexual and carry man purses (murses)
  • Why the cargo short trend really should be over, even this BuzzFeed article agrees
  • The il riposo (the afternoon nap) or contro l’ora
  • The reasons for the nap in the afternoon
  • Southern Italians living longer than northern Italians
  • How the shops shut down from 1 to 4 every day and why you should plan for this when traveling


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