Soccer – Calcio in Italian – is very important in Italy. That might be understating it. To be honest, it is closer to a national obsession. On major game days, the streets are empty and shouts of joy and anguish can be heard from open windows. To understand Italy, one must have at least a basic understanding of soccer, it’s importance and it’s passions. Paddy Agnew sums it up well in his book Forza “Historically, the tradition of spectacle has always been important in Italy. It’s a culture where what goes on in public really matters, public perception matters — the idea of bella figura. Spectacle also matters, and by extension football matters because it is a great spectacle. The other thing about football is that it’s a meritocracy. In Italy, a lot of people instinctively feel [suspicious] of a guy who gets named director of the local bank or […]
"We had a lovely time."
The culture, history, and food are so wonderful! We adored Capri and Positano! When we go back we will plan to spend more time on the Amalfi Coast. The tour was an amazing experience and a great way to see so much of Italy in such a brief time. We also met some...
Kendra Thornton (Cincinnatti, OH)
Classic Italy Rome to Venice, July 2012