Welcome to Italia. Definitely not France. Seemed like the minute you crossed over the border things got real different. Much less money here. I am sure the rest if Italia is better but so far I'm not impressed.
Sitting on a bench just watching the people be Italian. I do love to people watch--it also is a great way to get a feel for the culture.
So far, even though I have no idea what people are saying, I think Italian is sooo much easier to speak. It's easier to annunciate the words. Rolls off your tongue better.