USA vs ITALY – 10 differences

Hi Everyone! Hope you’re all having a nice day today? I’m back at home in The States for autumn, attending the wedding of my cousin. It’s been a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends and family, some of whom I have not seen in as much as three years. Coming off an 8 month stay in Italy, America feels foreign to me again. But after one week, I quickly fall back into the rhythms of my daily life in the countryside. I take note along the way of how VASTLY different those differences are that separate my American life from my Italian existence on the other side of the pond. With the risk of boring everyone, I have compiled a list of only 10.


(This is the North Carolina house.)

  1. In Italy, I live in a suburban neighborhood with a small garden. Our house is a cement block constructed duplex. A duplex is two houses that share a central wall. My Italian neighbors are very quiet, polite and aside from their car driving in an out of the driveway- one would never know they existed.

In America, I live in a 100 year old farmhouse built of wood. The house sits in the middle of 33 acres of land. The land was once part of an 80 acre working farm complete with cows & chickens. Many years ago, the farmer and his wife grew corn & tobacco. There are 2 small ponds on the property that were used to provide water for cattle. There are no farm animals left, but deer, raccoons & opossums roam freely- especially at night!

  1. In Italy, we heat our home with gas and hot water. The gas heats the hot water through a furnace. The steaming hot water then travels throughout the house in a system of radiators.

In America, I heat my house with a wood burning stove. I buy wooden logs, or cut fallen trees from my property and split the logs myself using a gas powered hydraulic wood splitting machine. The heat provided from a wood burning stove is intense and comforting.

  1. In America, we eat a great deal of Mexican food! We have a large population of Mexican immigrants in the US and authentic restaurants have popped up everywhere! Many towns in the US have at least one Mexican restaurant. The food is quick, delicious, usually handmade and reasonably priced.

In Italy, we eat a lot of pasta, grains and vegetables. When available, I buy mozzarella cheese made of buffalo milk and serve it with sliced tomatoes and great olive oil produced by our friends in the regions of Puglia and Abruzzo. Fast foods are sushi, pizza and a northern flatbread called piadina. Piadina can be filled with anything to make a sandwich, but people usually prefer prosciutto (dry cured ham), porchetta (roasted pork with herbs) or sausage.

  1. In Italy, my garden is very small. I mow my grass quickly using an electric lawn mower, which is cumbersome because it must be plugged into an electrical socket at all times, carrying the electrical cord behind you. I’m on my second electrical cord- because inevitably I keep running it over with the blades.

In America, I cut my grass using two tractors; the first is a small John Deere that cuts about 46 inches across and we use it for the front yard. The second tractor is a monster Ford that cuts nearly 2 meters across. We use it for cutting the fields.

  1. In Italy we drive a new Honda CR-V.

In America, I drive a 1993 Chevy pick-up truck. It’s like an old friend.

  1. In Italy, I barely know my neighbors and rarely exchange words except for a ‘’good afternoon’’ in passing.

In America, my neighbors are noisy, lovable, fun and always willing to lend a helping hand. We live quite far from each other, as it tends to be in the countryside, but every weekend someone finds a reason for a party or gathering.

  1. In America, I can find whatever I want- 24 hours a day.

In Italy, things are more complicated so I feel gloriously triumphant at the end of each conquest!

  1. In Italy, breakfast consists of an espresso coffee.

In America, breakfast consists of an espresso coffee.

  1. In Italy, my house is surrounded by a gate.

In America, my house is surrounded by deer.

  1. In America, I drive 9.5 miles (one way) just to visit the grocery store.

In Italy, I have a fruit & vegetable shop, bakery, small grocer, post office, shopping mall and sushi- all within walking distance.

Well, I don’t want to drag on and on about the differences. There are soooo many! I hope you’ve enjoyed this little window into my American life.

Enjoy the pictures of North Carolina!

Take care, everyone!

All the best- Cindy

5 Responses

  1. nice, interesting, informative comments about your two life,
    Thanks, Reza

    • Thank you for taking the time to visit our new blog! Have a great day, Reza!

    • Oh, I envy you.. You can enjoy two different lifes.. So which is better for you? Maybe I will upload “Japan vs Malaysia 10 differences.”

      • Yes!!!! Do it Shin!! You must write it! :-)) Personally, I enjoy both my lives. When Italy becomes to overwhelming, i run for the solitude of North Carolina and the comfort of friends & family. Italy has so much to offer as well, in the way of art, history, architechture, food and general chaos! I guess i live the best of both worlds. I am blessed. Thank you for taking the to visit us here on the blog site! Have a nice day! We’ll be watching for YOUR LIST! :-))….Cindy

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