Italian women are encouraged to be independent and bold from a young age.They are renowned for their confidence, which has led them to be labelled the ‘most liberated women in Europe’ at times.
Italian families on average have become smaller in size over the past few decades as the fertility rate has declined.
The fast economic pace in the 21st century has also changed family dynamics; one parent is often unavailable during the week due to commuting long distances for work.
There may also be less contact time with the extended family.
Nevertheless, relationships remain extremely close. Italian parents generally have a lot of authority over their children throughout their lives.
This belief is especially strong amongst elderly first-generation Italian migrants.