Now that the temperatures are in the 80’s every day and it is warm, I do see many Italians wearing shorts, although most are young people. I am also in the south of Italy and I notice the difference in how people are dressed. Perhaps it is partly due to the climate, but I see far less people wearing scarves and stiletto heels here.
I also must amend my comments on the Italian bus drivers, as I have found many to be more than helpful. Kellen, you were right about them.
Dogs seem to be welcome everywhere in Italy. I have seen them on buses, trains, boats, in stores, restaurants and on tours. One bar even had a bowl of water and a specific section marked “Dog Bar.”
Each region in Italy is known for certain items either grown or produced in that area, such as olive oil, vino, ceramics, lemons, etc. The Italian people who live there are very proud of these items coming from the region, and they are eager to share with you anything they can. It may be taking a lemon from their tree, and scraping its skin, allowing you to smell its strong flavor.
They seem very connected with the earth and they appreciate whatever grows there naturally, using various herbs and plants to their benefit. Rather than taking these things for granted, the Italians have such a passion and appreciation for what grows around them, and they know how to make the most use out of it.