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Mall in Rome, Italy?

ItalianNotebook.com, the daily email from Italy for lovers everywhere, recently shared with its subscriber’s news about EUROMA2, Rome’s enormous shopping mall with its 240 stores and marble obelisks reaching from the first to third levels.

“On any rainy, late Sunday afternoon at EUROMA2, you will find yourself surrounded by young families with babies in strollers, small children chasing one another, grandmas and grandpas, people with their dogs, families sitting at tables enjoying gelato or snacks. The atmosphere here tends to be charged with a wonderful celebratory feeling, as hundreds of people seemed happy just to be there with their family and their friends, whether or not they had made a purchase. Basically, these Romans are using the mall in exactly the same way as they would a neighborhood piazza in town!”

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Does the concept of a mall in an Italian city bother you? 

From the article, is the atmosphere described differently from malls found across the U.S.?