Culture – Is it ever too late to appreciate the works of mankind?
One of the advantages of living in Italy, or the rest of Europe for that matter, is that just about any time of year, in just about any city, there are opportunities to visit museums or shows of the great artists. On many an occasion, I would arrive several hours early in a city or have several hours to kill before leaving. A quick call to the city hall, or in later years through SMS concierge services, and a list of possible adventures was readily available.
An important part of my profession is to be able to talk, with relative understanding, about a wide range of topics. Unfortunately, I cannot say that I acquired this capability from my US based education. Instead, over the years, a couple of hours here and a couple of hours there, of playing video games on a handheld device in some airport I would take the dead time and walk through a museum, a tradeshow, or just go into some church along the way. Curiosity over what I had seen would then push me to find out more about the artist, designer, food or wine.
I am not indicating that visiting museums should be primary activity on a vacation in Italy but, while you are appreciating the great food, wine and destinations, it may be interesting to just walk through some of the historic or cultural exhibits that may be open in your area. Think about visiting the vineyards of Capezzana and the local museum that shows the tools, equipment and processes used in the past to create these fantastic wines. It will help you understand why pushing facilities to their theoretical maximum capabilities and hiring lower wage unskilled workers is a failed business model. The same way to express this concept is to ask why Italian companies can compete, and in many cases, dominate world markets when their employees make twice that of their US counterpart, have 6 weeks paid vacation a year, national health coverage, and if they get sick continue to receive 80% of their salary.
Over the next couple of weeks I will publish articles about some events open through the end of the year. I hope you will find the opportunity during your next trip to check them out.
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