The Italian lifestyle is nothing like an American one. Growing up in New York City, life moves fast. Everything, including the layout of the city, is all about efficiency. The question New York City answers is how fast can we get from point A to point B in as little time as possible. In Italy efficiency is not the name of the game.
In Rome, it is about taking it as slow as possible. People are never in a rush to get anywhere. In Rome it is about enjoying the present moment rather than the larger picture. New York City moves a lightening speed. In Rome, there is no real reason in which one has to run to work. Life here is more about enjoying the simple pleasures within chaos rather than trying to make order of it.
Although it is surprising the Italian drivers are notorious for their bad driving a literal lack of driving laws. I cannot count on my fingers the amount of times I have seen cars parked on sidewalks ( see picture below).
One thing I truly love about Italy is the graffiti art. Around the area I live in I have seen some of the coolest graffiti that I have ever seen. Granted I have not see much American graffiti, but from my understanding it is mostly “tags” on trains. Here in Rome, grafitti is treated as a respected art form. In my opinion is it much better than American graffiti artists.