This feeling of enlightenment didn’t just lead to Patrizio’s approach to life. It’s actually one of the reasons he became a Tour Director—to inspire students to live in the moment. Italians have a phrase for this: il dolce far niente, or the sweetness of doing nothing. Patrizio describes it as the sensation you get when you drink coffee in an Italian village and watch passersby. Time slows, and you take in the little details—smells, colors, people, sounds. There comes this freedom to contemplate and connect. And it truly encapsulates the Italian art of slow living, of enjoying the moment, of Patrizio’s more-than-just-a-walk philosophy. It’s this very philosophy that he loves teaching students while walking around Rome.
And while students appreciate all his Tour Director activities—sharing insightful commentary, organizing activities, dealing with any unforeseen hiccups, enthusiastically connecting with students—we think that the idea of il dolce far niente might be the most impactful piece of wisdom he imparts.