Old-Time Italy and the Donkey

This old picture of women returning from the fields may not be of the greatest quality. But it really captures what small town southern life was once like in Italy, where the donkey reigned supreme. Even long after the first few cars started appearing, many continued to rely on the humble asino as their main mode of transport.

When we shot this photo in Hubby’s hometown 30 years ago, donkeys were already fast disappearing. And they have now become a mostly forgotten sight. But personally, I miss old-time Italy. I miss the simpler more agrarian life that made the nation – with its donkeys, rickety old buses, and tiny grocery stores – so characteristic and so special. But it will ever live on in my heart!

The humble donkey reigned supreme in old-time Italy. But it will ever live on in the hearts of many!

Image is my own.

Published by Signora Sheila

I am a wife, mom, nonna, blogger, and missionary in Italy. But really, I'm just an ordinary woman on a journey, trying to slow down enough to hear the still small voice of God and live for all that is truly important in this world.

6 thoughts on “Old-Time Italy and the Donkey

  1. Though donkeys certainly weren’t part of my “good old days,” I carry memories of (what seemed like) simpler and safer times as well: riding our bikes blocks from home to the swimming pool most summer days, the corner grocery store with an amazing array of goods in a very small space, walking to and from school with no adult supervision–just a few examples. Indeed: those times still in my heart! Thank you for a sweet post of reminiscing, Sheila!


    1. Thank you Nancy, for sharing your walk down nostalgic lane! Those really were special days! In our villages over here we still have corner groceries like that. And sometimes we find the most amazing things!


  2. I know it’s wrong to hark back to the “good old days”, but some good things have been lost, and it’s okay to be nostalgic for them. I still remember a time before the technological revolution had taken hold (in our household anyway). They seemed more innocent times when we played with lego rather than shooting pixelated people on a screen for example! Not that I’m a gamer, to this day! Thanks for the post 🙂


    1. True, Robert. We can get so carried away wishing for the good old days that we never fully appreciate the present. But some things were pretty special, and it’s a shame we’ve lost them. Certainly we have many good things in their place, but our kids will tell you to this day how much fun it was for them to catch rides on those farmer’s donkeys!!


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