For me this is Paradise. As a foreigner in this wonderful part of the world
I appreciate its quirkiness and difficulties.
Yes there are downsides, like long lunch breaks when people seem more interested in eating with friends and family than making money keeping their shops open.
But if you can live with its idiosyncrasies, Italy has that special something that from face value cannot be explained.
It’s not just the picturesque spots of Tuscany– the Cinque Terre, the hills of Chianti, – it’s the way all Italians are good at social living, and have a healthy sense of life’s priorities.
The importance of good food and wine, and making the time to appreciate it; the ability to look good, even when money is tight and the world is in the middle of a financial crisis; close family ties; genuine warmth and courtesy; these are the Italian traits that are appreciated whilst living or holidaying in Tuscany.