I have been in Italy for about three weeks now and have seen both Rome and Florence…both beautiful cities!
As I have been getting used to Italian culture, I have noticed one key aspect…Siesta. This is when pretty much everything except some coffee shops and pizza places shuts down from about 2:00PM to 5:00PM. This includes the entire community as well, not just the shops and it occurs every day of the week. The actual times may differ from place to place but it is always in the mid-afternoon sometime.
I understand this idea and definitely like it but I have one question. Doesn’t this cause a loss in profits? Couldn’t the economy and everything be doing so much better if everyone was up and awake for those additional few hours?