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Family Life in Italy

A family in Italy is a source of stability and strength in an unpredictable world. The government and borders were always changing in Italy. Now with more stable governments and a more wealthy economy, the “Italian family” is undergoing a transformation.

One big change is the family’s size. Large families were ideal especially with a lot of boys or males. Today the birth rate has dropped to 1.2 births. This means the population is not growing and the elders are becoming the larger proportion of the population. Even one regional government has offered financial help and funding to encourage families to have more children.

The Italian family is important. Grandparents, aunt’s uncles and cousins are often invited to share family celebrations and Sunday dinners. The family members do not usually live near each other. When children grow up, they live in the house until they marry. Sometimes the children would move in to help their parents. The father is always the head of the family.

Children have a special place in the Italian society. Italians make an effort to include children in social events. Children go with their parents to restaurants. They get to stay up late and play at the piazza while the parents and grand parents enjoy a drink at a nearby café.

Meal time is family time in Italy. Family members expect to eat together around the table. After dinner the family may go out for a “passeggiata”, an evening stroll. An evening stroll is time for the family members to relax and chat with neighbors and friends to see and be seen. This is why everyone dresses to look their best.

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  1. AMBER

    On March 5, 2008 at 7:43 pm


  2. James

    On April 29, 2008 at 4:44 am

    You have spelt neighbors wrong, it is spelt neighbours.

  3. bla

    On May 4, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    i agree with Amber

  4. lilly

    On May 8, 2008 at 2:30 am

    how is this helpful? all it does is give very limited infomation that is far from helpful and they cant even spell the words right.

  5. hi

    On May 8, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    it is sort of helpful

  6. blah

    On October 7, 2008 at 10:14 am

    this is not all that helpful but got some info

  7. T-dog

    On October 27, 2008 at 6:28 am

    why is everyone so tight??

    u own.

  8. amber

    On December 11, 2008 at 9:29 am

    i was wrong this is pro

  9. sam

    On December 11, 2008 at 9:30 am

    this helped me so much with my project it is pro

  10. dave

    On January 4, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    all people last year who said this is pro YOUR WRONG i have a porject to do and this didnt help me one bit!!!!!

  11. dave

    On January 4, 2009 at 5:43 pm


  12. Kristina

    On January 17, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    give the author a break, chances are very high her native tongue is Italian, how many of you folks can fluently speak more than one language? A few of you need to pay attention to your improper use of conjunctions and misspellings.

  13. Zain Da Pain

    On February 13, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Hey christina thanks for that
    and thanks everyone else
    the article is supposed to be a quick summary, not a whole research project on families and their trends over the past centuries.

    Btw kristina, im a guy :)

  14. icecream_girl

    On February 17, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    could you please add something about an Italian kid’s responsibilities, i got a project and this does not help. i cant find anything!!!

  15. Eryn

    On February 19, 2009 at 5:11 am

    I don’t know what everyone’s problem is. This was a nice little bit of information and it helped me get a few key topics to start researching. Thanks!

  16. angie

    On March 17, 2009 at 1:47 am

    it helped me alot with my project so thanks for writting this for us

  17. angie

    On March 17, 2009 at 1:55 am

    we need stuff about what the man and the women do for a living

  18. Josie

    On March 29, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I’d also like to know whether Italian kids have any responsibilities (chores, care for younger siblings etc). ALSO, I’ve been wondering if in latin cultures, with the heavy emphasis on family, community (not region or state, but the immediate community) has any importance at all. Like the Spaniards, are Italians also very private people who do not share details of their lives with people other than family?

    Thanks a bunch. I thought your article was, albeit obviously brief, nicely written. Who cares about minor errors, as long as you’re not writing in your native tongue of course;).

  19. why would igive u m y name

    On April 6, 2009 at 2:53 am

    needs info on how many in an average family

  20. tink

    On May 27, 2009 at 8:00 am

    i have this project to do and i really needen info on the marrage things for familys in italy mabey you should add some of those it might be a little more helpful but on the other hand it did help me with one peice of my project well thanks

  21. theresa

    On June 21, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    this was some what helpful but not sure how up to date the info is.

  22. Zain Da Pain

    On July 1, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Hey guys,
    i wrote this article way back two years ago
    Statistics and Family Life is evolving as the years go by.
    Everything is changing.

    However, the information I’ve given about DEFINITELY explains life in a typical Italian Family.

    Thank you and enjoy reading!

  23. doesitmatter

    On October 6, 2009 at 9:39 am

    I’m doing a project and I have to look for Family life in Italy. I was hoping to search for the average family size but this article died help me cover most of the family part…. here i go with movement and migration.

  24. doesitmatter

    On October 6, 2009 at 9:40 am


  25. Kennedy

    On February 16, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    hi this is pro dawg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!hey wait a minute what does pro even mean!???!!?!?!?questions questions

  26. Kristen

    On October 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    This is very helpful thank you :)

  27. taylor

    On May 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm


  28. tay tay

    On May 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    omg i hate my school project bout italy

  29. Kiki

    On October 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    this has nothing to do with the type of parenting i asked for

  30. mila

    On July 23, 2012 at 5:17 am

    thank you who ever wrote this it was so helpful with this test about family life in Italy :)

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