Remember that famous line, “Dolce Far Niente”, from Eat, Pray Love? It means the sweetness of doing nothing. Italians love to live life. They have a great culture, better and healthier food than we do and great wine. They know how to relax and enjoy family, friends and life. Most of their cities have little crime (pick pockets). A BLOG, “The sweetness of Doing Nothing” explains what this is from the BLOGgers point of view.
If we Americans want to truly understand this, we have to live it! When you go to Italy, don’t look to be waited on. Be a tourist but be a local as well. When having a glass of wine or something to eat, sit back and observe Italian life all around you. Do not be afraid to partake in it. Stop locals and try to talk with them. This will change your vacation in a very positive way.
Once you transition from a visitor observing life in Italy to a local participating in life, your experience will become memorable. You will never stop talking about it. It will be in the front of your mind until your next trip. Enjoy Italian life as you:
- Have breakfast in a bar. Enjoy a cornetto and cafè
- Have lunch at a bar or pizzeria. Enjoy a panini or a small pizza for lunch.
- Enjoy dinner in a trattoria with the locals.
- Stop during the day or for Happy Hour at a bar. Have your favorite beverage and some snacks.
- Stop for gelato often. Be a kid again.
We wish all of our readers Dolce far niente!
George & Jo Anne
- Dolce Far Niente (milledavis.com)
- The Sweetness of Doing Nothing – Rome, Italy (travelpod.com)
- “Dolce Far Niente” – A Pleasant Afternoon in the Swan Valley (garnishfood.wordpress.com)