is accustomed to the yearly influx of tourists raring to see the
city’s remarkable art. It is a famous travel destination for
its breathtaking sight alone. Carefully preserved through the years,
Italy has a stunning collection of palatial buildings in their rustic
beauty, grand churches, and museums.
Naturalism is usually associated with Italian
art. After all, the roots of baroque styles are found in the art
of Italy. Most Italian artists longed for greater clarity and simplification.
This inspired a number of artists to turn against the anticlassical
Mannerist style, with its subjective emphasis on distortion, asymmetry,
biting colours, and bizarre juxtapositions. Annibelle Carracci and
Michelangelo Merisi were the two artists at the forefront of the
early baroque. Their art is greatly influenced by naturalism and
the grand humanism of Michelangelo and the High Renaissance.
These days however, naturalism has already become
synonymous with nudist. Naturalism is no longer “limited”
to art but has come full circle to even define a particular lifestyle.
Europeans have a reputation for being “liberated”. In
as much as their land is deeply rooted in culture and history, they
have come to embrace the modern world and its new “style”
of going about things.
It seems that Italy has fully accepted the concept
of Nudists and Naturalists. Being a devoted Catholic country, Italians
do not recoil at the concept of a Nudist gathering, seeing it not
as a rude sexual act but as a way of life — much like vegetarianism.
In Italy, there are a number of Nudist beaches
with people walking around the beach clad only in their birthday
suits. Without any inhibition, they talk, they walk, and they socialise
with as much ease as fully clothed people. They do not see it as
a conversation barrier but regard it as totally normal. The idea
is a little hard to grasp for those who can’t even walk out
of the house without proper underwear but some Italians have long
found comfort in this way of living.
A good place for nudists and naturalists to visit
when in Italy is the Lake Como Family Nudist Resort. The place is
stunning and those who have been lucky enough to reach that destination
swear the naked bodies aren’t as attention grabbing as the
Visiting naturalist foreigners would not feel
out of place in Italy. According to a survey done in Rome, most
Italians think sunbathing in the nude is perfectly natural. Results
also show that they do not mind unsightly bottoms and do not shun
those with less than perfect bodies. Topless sunbathing is widely
practiced in Italy but bottoms are usually required. Visitors must
take note of this as they can face large fines on some beaches.
The Italian Naturalist Federation said that nearly
70% of those who participated in their survey admitted they would
sunbathe nude if everyone else did it. More than 80% said that in
their opinion, nudism was not grossly erotic but beautiful and natural.