Anyhow all this to try and explain why I think there were more private parties this year, the local people from the piazza have moved to other less popular locations. These events can be held anywhere, in a garden, a field, on top of a mountain the only rule is don’t tell the aliens how to get there, hence use Italian organisational and timing methods.
PS: Italians are not disorganised, events always start just a few seconds before they arrive, if two Italians meet they are never late and have never been waiting long, as Enzo Ferrari used to say, why come early if we are always first. I believe that these “time and organisational habits” are a polite natural defence mechanism, bit like the spines on a hedgehog. Londoners and Parisians have the same sort of problem, try asking the same questions to them in a busy tube station at nine o’clock in the morning.
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