Traditionally, a woman was expected to fulfill roles of matrimony and motherhood.
Their care comes with the expectation that their children will support and assist them throughout old age later in life.
Generally, in the north and particularly in larger cities, people are more individualistic and focus on personal fulfilment.
The family still plays an important role in creating social cohesion and a sense of belonging, but it is more common for non-traditional family values to be embraced.
Italian women are encouraged to be independent and bold from a young age.
They are renowned for their confidence, which has led them to be labelled the ‘most liberated women in Europe’ at times.