We call it dolce far niente

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"I've been in Rome for three weeks and all I've done is learn a few Italian words and eat."

"You feel guilty because you are American, you don't know how to enjoy yourself."

"I beg your pardon?"

"Americans, you work too hard. You get burnt out. Then you come home and spend the whole weekend in your pyjamas in front of the TV."

"Hah, that's not far off actually."

"But you don't know pleasure. You have to be told you've earned it. An Italian doesn't need to be told. He walks by a sign that says ‘you deserve a break today', and he says ‘yeah, I know'. We call it dolce far niente. It means the sweetness of doing nothing. We are masters of it.


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