It sounds like you've had an absolutely wonderful time studying and living in Italy. The country truly has a unique charm, doesn't it? Perugia is a beautiful city, rich in history and culture, and Università per Stranieri is renowned for welcoming international students. It's really a great place to experience Italian life and traditions.
The bond between parents and their children in Italy is indeed strong, often extending well into adulthood. This can be attributed to the importance Italian culture places on family values. And the 'perennial students' phenomenon is something quite characteristic of many European countries, not just Italy. However, it seems like you observed this with a positive attitude, which is wonderful.
I'm delighted to hear that you have such fond memories of your time in Italy, and it's great that you would consider becoming a 'poodle person' here! You may decide to come in the future ... and if you decide to visit, count on me!!!
Thank you for sharing your experience with us, and feel free to reach out if you have any other memories or thoughts you'd like to share. Best wishes!