Being from an Italian family, I have all kinds of family traditions that a bunch of people might consider unique.
The people I was with and I always kiss each other hello and goodbye, several of our arguments are not quite as intense as they seem and every one of us are easily dedicated to our family entirely.
Because of this familial dedication, every one of us makes sure to visit our Grandparents once a year back in the old country. I have to say, besides the fact that Italy is an attractive country, I appreciate their property tremendously. They have an attractive old-world estate. This old-world estate is not the most stylistic choice; it’s just an “old-world estate” simply put. The old-world estate aesthetic is easily popular in the US—definitely in New England. I have to say though, while those old-world estates are extremely attractive, they don’t come anywhere close to the real thing. My Grandparents’ Tuscan beach property is full of character and history. I recognize the setback with people appropriating old-world estates with Tuscan furniture is that it loses the authenticity that makes it special to begin with. I guess this might seem somewhat preachy—and I don’t mean to come off that way—however when people who aren’t actually Italian try to take the Tuscan furniture and old-world estate aesthetic to posture with the appearance of antiquity it comes off as harshly disingenuous. Again, I don’t actually think that people who enjoy the old-world type are disingenuous. That’s not even what I’m saying. What I am saying is that the companies who work to profit off of the old-world estate by making incredibly cheap knock-offs are honestly missing the whole point of an old-world estate to begin with.