Ode to Italian Undies.

IMG_1490Do you ever wonder what Italians think of our endless fascination with their laundry?  We go on vacation armed with our best cameras but, alas, we seem to ignore the beautiful countryside in favor of taking picture after picture of their undies suspended high above our heads.  So, this picture is my ode to Italian underwear.  I think the juxtaposition of the laundry and the old building makes a good picture.  What say you?  This photo was taken in Pienza in May of 2012.

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Beth Beeman lives and writes from the beach city of San Clemente, California. She is interested in food, genealogy, wine and all things Italian. www.italyandme.com


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21 Comments on “Ode to Italian Undies.”

  1. July 9, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    If I hung my undies from the second floor of my house it just wouldn’t be as picturesque!


  2. July 10, 2013 at 2:21 am #

    Is any particular city regarded as having the best hanging undies? I got some great hanging undies shots in Naples a few years back. Are they allowed to do this in Milan?


    • July 10, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

      You should share them!


      • July 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

        I’m still working my way through my 80’s travel memories! Naples was a 2010 trip, so I could be a while :)


  3. July 10, 2013 at 6:02 am #

    I love these kind of shots. And I second westiedad’s query. Is the practice of hanging out the laundry prohibited in any cities???


  4. July 10, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    I don’t have the answer… maybe some other folks do. Is laundry display allowed everywhere in Italy?


    • Jackie Overland
      July 13, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

      Yes. And in Tennessee . LOL


  5. July 10, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    I must confess. I’ve taken pictures of italian underwear hanging out to dry when I was in Cinque Terre.


    • July 10, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

      Everyone does it!!!!! I just can’t help but wonder if I would like folks putting pictures of my underwear in their photo albums. :)


      • July 12, 2013 at 3:18 am #

        I’m buying new undies before I come now…..white photographs well!!


      • July 12, 2013 at 7:34 am #



  6. EmilyAnn Frances
    July 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    I love to see clothelines full of freshly washed clothes on a bright, sunny day. I like this photo. It’s a good reminder that people still live and do things apart from the high tech world.


  7. Jackie Overland
    July 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

    Very nice composition. Thx for sharing.


  8. July 15, 2013 at 1:38 am #

    Thank you for liking my latest blog and I have never seen anything wrong with pegging out one’s washing for all to see.


    • July 15, 2013 at 7:19 am #

      You are welcome. Neither have I! Just an interesting observation that we are all so fascinated by it.


  9. Deborah Guber
    July 22, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    Ha! This is so true. I must admit that I’ve taken scores of pictures of Italian laundry as well. I don’t know why that is. In the U.S. there are many places that have local ordinances against using clotheslines because it’s thought to be an “eyesore,” and yet in Italy, American tourists find it fascinating and beautiful. Go figure!


  10. February 19, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    Ha! So true! :)


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