A Roman Holiday
Immerse yourself and emulate the queen of style and
grace, Audrey Hepburn. Playing a very serious young
princess visiting Rome, she escapes from her official
duties and has a chaste but romantic adventure with a
handsome newspaper reporter.
You can get hooked on Audrey Hepburn, so I recommend
this three CD collection that includes Roman Holiday: The
Audrey Hepburn DVD Collection (Roman Holiday...
There are dozens of films that feature Italy, some
serious, others silly, i.e. National Lampoon's European
Vacation. Many aren't in your local video store or on
Amazon, so I suggest Netflix. Use their search feature
that is on any page except the home page, and plug in Europe,
Italy, and Rome in turn and you'll find
plenty of videos to start building familiarity with
Italy. Our philosophy is that kids can't enjoy what they
are seeing until there is some kind of context. For them
Rome, for example, may be just a jumble of buildings,
but if your child spots a place where Audrey Hepburn's
princess visited or where Chevy Chase's family had a
misadventure, that is a context that helps them enjoy
the Rome they are visiting.
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Fashion has been part of the Italian culture
since Roman times. Craftspeople from all over
the empire came to Rome to provide fine objects
and clothing to the wealthy Romans. The Roman
aristocrats had sophisticated tastes served by
fine goods imported from all across their world.
Today you can see that Italians still pay
attention to the latest looks and chic styles.
They have a tradition of design that is
respected around the world. Observing Italians
and their products with design and style in mind
is a pleasurable pastime in Italy.
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bella figura" is an Italian concept that
you must always look your best. It translates,
more or less, to beautiful image and is a
foundation stone of Italian culture. Observe
that Italian men and women, regardless of
socioeconomic status, appear on the street
well-dressed. Seldom will you see a woman
without makeup, jewelry or accessories, and
perfectly arranged hair.
Take a table in a café on a popular street
and watch the people around you and see how
nicely they are turned out and how they
naturally and artfully seem to stand and sit to
look their best. The importance of image is
instilled at an early age. Try to be in a
popular piazza on Sunday afternoon when the
whole family goes for a stroll after a big
lunch. You will see children dressed in very
fancy outfits. You may even hear Mamma yelling
at them to stay clean.
The next phase of your education in Bella
Figura is to visit a children's clothing store
and find out how much those little outfits cost!
As a cultural aside, notice how many children
most families have. Large families were formerly
the tradition in Italy, but now the population
is actually declining and there are government
programs that reward people who have more
La Bella Figura from these Apartments in the
Center of Italian Fashion in Rome
- Italian Fashion on the Internet
great Italian fashion houses are known all over
the world. How many of these names do you
recognize? Versace, Armani, Gucci, Valentino,
Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Trussardi, Ferrè,
Fendi, Max Mara, Bottega Veneta, Balestra,
Iceberg, Roberto Cavalli, Missoni, Krizia,
Raffaella, Curiel, Aeffe, Gai Mattiolo, and
Inspiration for your own fashion career might
come from this
site which provides the address for each
house and history of the founder.
While in Italy, load up on gorgeous
fashion magazines. When you are in Italy,
visit a street side newsstand and buy a few.
The link below to La Dolce Vita Fashion has
great information on the history of Italian
Fashion. Did you know that Fendi was established
in 1918? If you want to shop for high fashion,
even just window shop, go to their pages called
the Streets of Fashion and print out the little
maps to take with you.
tip: Window shop and compare the clothes you see
with what is available in your town. Make a
mental note of what seems new and different then
watch for a version of that style to show up in
your stores in a season or two.
If you are shopping for Italian fashion to
take home, consider shoes, jewelry, and
accessories. I believe that unless you run in
very dressy circles, the Italians clothing
styles tend not to work elsewhere, it takes
several years for them to reach stores in other
countries and by then the fashions have been
modified. But a great purse, scarf, sweater or
pair of shoes can work very well.
you seen the Italian Charm Bracelets? They
stretch like metal watch bands to fit nicely on
your wrist. You can even wear several bracelets
at the same time without tangling. They don't
make noise or poke or snag like dangly charm
bracelets. All the charms fit together no matter
what company made them, so you can buy your
starter before you go and then collect a charm
everywhere you go in Italy. They come in small
and large sizes suitable for men. There are
charms for anything you are interested it and
you can, of course, mix and match. I think this
is a great way to collect travel souvenirs in a
form that you will be able to wear immediately.
As you show your bracelets from your trip to
your friends, they will help you remember each
place you collected a charm.
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me, enjoying Italian fashion is like enjoying
art in a museum. The prices are out of my reach,
never mind that levis are more appropriate to
most of my outings. That doesn't prevent me or
you from visiting the fashion stores and even
putting together an imaginary wardrobe.
The heart of Italian fashion is in Milan, but
you can find a splendid array of stores in
Florence and in Rome near the Piazza di Spagna.
The window displays are real art. You will also
be able to see what is offered in that store.
Most stores specialize and offer only a single
kind of product. The couture stores, such as
Armani, showcase the entire collection, giving
the viewer the complete experience of that
Put on a nice outfit so you feel like you
belong in the stores. Don't rush yourself, but
give yourself time to rest at a bar and order a
refreshing beverage (see
the Barista Newsletter about beverages)
and watch the world go by.
Another way to enjoy an element of Italian
fashion is to visit fabric stores and notions
shops (Mercerie). You can enjoy the sumptuous
fabrics, maybe buy a piece to take home, even an
remnant. And in the Merceria, you will find an
array of buttons, bindings, cords, and tassels
beyond your imagining. Look for something to use
to make your own fashions.
This book, Italian
Chic: The Italian Approach to Elegance, will
prepare you to understand and appreciate the
many well-dressed Italian women you will see in
Italy. You may find some fashion ideas that you
can use, too.
are you? Thank you very much for providing
information about the composition of your family
when you signed up for this newsletter. I just
pulled a report and here are statistics about
the ages of the children among the Discover
32% of the children are ages 5-8
40% are 9-12
20% are 13-16
7% are over 16
This information and your feedback is very
helpful in planning future newsletters.
Who are we? Our extended family
travels to Europe from the US almost every year.
We have kids that range from age 2 to 21 with
interests from fashion to bugs to cars and on
and on. My generation of six sisters lived in
Italy for up to 8 years when we were young and
we have all gone back many times. We all
contribute ideas to this newsletter that I, the
scribe and travel agent of the group edit. To
help keep the kids the amused on a family
reunion in Italy three years ago, I put together
the prototype of the Italy
Discovery Journal. It has evolved into the
little book that I advertise in this newsletter.
You can purchase a $6.99 eBook and print it
yourself, even selecting which pages you want,
or we've done the printing and assembly for you
(with the use of kid power) and sell the books
for $17.99 plus shipping.
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