The Italians are known for being picky about a lot of things. They are the ultimate nationalists that protect their lifestyle at all costs and for good reason. The Italians know how to live. It may look strange to some people, but it’s life the Italian way, and it is as close to perfect as Italy’s political circus. That’s right. The Italians like drama. They like turmoil. The drama and the turmoil are engraved in their DNA. But when it comes to food, wine, clothes and shoes, the Italians are calm, cool, and collected. They are the ultimate snobs that look at other countries and wonder why the people live so strangely. Everyone should live the Italian way, according to the Italians, especially when they visit Italy. Visitors should know what Italian etiquette is. They should know that Italians share their country conditionally. It’s not a right to visit Italy. It’s a privilege granted by the people of Italy.
The beach is a sacred place for Italians, especially in August. The country shuts down during the month of August, so people can leave the cities and sunbath on their square inch of rough sand and talk about the government, the EU and the trials and tribulations of being a culture of excellence. But there is trouble on the beaches in Italy. Tourists are violating the Italian code of good beach behavior. The ancient ritual of crowding summer shorelines has been turned upside down by tourists that want to act Italian for a week or two. The tourists are stealing sunbathing spots, and they are doing it at night. In the Tuscan resort of Livorno, 30 umbrellas and beach chairs were seized along with towels and beachwear that were in the wrong spot on the 100-meter strip of sand at that resort. In the South of Italy, 200 umbrellas and beach chairs were seized.
But the culprits are not only unaware tourists. They are unscrupulous Italian umbrella operators that try to rip off tourists. Friends and relatives of sun seekers also try to occupy cherished spots early in the morning before the chosen sunbather gets there. But the coast guard is taking action, according to an article published by cnn.com. Perpetrators that dare invade sunbathers’ spots could be fined $220 for such a un-Italian act.