Italy does have doctors, and medicine, and science, and people who think logically and have common sense. However, this country also has this “old world” cuckoo-crazy belief in something called colpo d’aria.
This colpo d’aria thing is like an Italian person who dislikes Vasco Rossi music or a sidewalk in Italy without more cars illegally parked on it than in the street itself: it doesn’t exist.
Now, I’m sure that my Italian readers are rolling their eyes and saying that I’m just “a crazy American guy”, but I stand by my belief that this colpo d’aria thing isn’t real. It doesn’t exist.
By this point I guess I should go ahead and tell you what this mysterious (and non-existent) colpo d’aria is. Well, it’s an Italian belief that cold blowing air or “draft” can negatively effect your health in a myriad of ways and is basically responsible for any medical condition or ache and pain that can’t be otherwise explained.
Got a stiff neck? Colpo d’aria!
Throbbing pain in your knee? Colpo d’aria!
Feel dizzy and weak? Colpo d’aria!
A chainsaw cut off your entire friggin’ hand? Colpo d’aria!
So, what do you think? Colpo d’aria: myth or fact?