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An American Living in Italy:
Italy; The Melting Pot

 

 

      As Americans we like to think of the USA as the Melting Pot, but to let the truth be told, Italy is the original Melting Pot.  That kind of thing has been going on here for centuries, if not millennia.

     Jutting out into the Mediterranean ocean, Italy has a very central location.  People have come to the peninsula from all over.  They have come from the Africa to the south.  They have come from the Middle East. They have come from the many different European nations to the north.  Italy's central location has made it a logical hub for trade since Roman times.  (even earlier some would say)  Additionally, It's central location has made it a desirable military location.

 

     Over the centuries, naturally, some intermingling of the many different peoples has taken place.  Evidence of this can be seen in many different forms.  It is witnessed not only in the architecture of the buildings and the various dialects that are spoken in the different regions, but also in the faces of the people that you meet as you attend to your business each and every day.

    This is one of the primary contributing factors in the evolution of the rich history and culture of Italy.  America is not the only Melting Pot in the world.

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