The Italian Metaphor in Gelato

Although Ciampini is the atypical gelateria, it still represents the Italian metaphor. No, it does not show off big heaping mounds of flavorful gelato to attract customers with its goodies, but it does portray common Italian culture in an understated way. Overture   Ciampini offers not one, but two dramatic entrances into the cafe. The… Continue reading The Italian Metaphor in Gelato

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Ciampini’s Cultural Dimensions

Most of Hofstede's five cultural dimensions were evident in Ciampini's environment. These affirm the typical Italian culture in one of the most vital parts of an Italian's diet: gelato! Power Distance Power distance often varies between gelaterias. Many place their servers several feet higher than the customers. This creates a strong power distance between the… Continue reading Ciampini’s Cultural Dimensions


Assisi, Florence, and Pisa: Cathedrals, walking, and photo ops

JFRC leads two study day trips during the summer session that are included in our tuition. The second trip was to Assisi, a small, medieval town north of Rome. It was a day full of touring churches. Since I'm not Catholic, maybe I don't appreciate the religious significance as much as my classmates. I was… Continue reading Assisi, Florence, and Pisa: Cathedrals, walking, and photo ops


Sophisticated Sala da tè

The lack of gelato pageantry does not mean the restaurant is simply designed at all. Ciampini is a professional pit stop in every way. The sign is in an elegant script, clearly listed above both entrances. The simple stone walls look elegant in Piazza, and the black awnings denote a sense of class. Under the… Continue reading Sophisticated Sala da tè


Gelato’s illusion of simplicity

Italians often use pageantry and great visual displays to promote products. Typical gelaterias boast bright colors and heaping mounds of gelato through windows to attract customers. Not Ciampini. Storage Ciampini stores its gelato in metal bins behind a bar. Keeping the gelato closed keeps it as fresh as possible. These bins are also easy to… Continue reading Gelato’s illusion of simplicity