Customs in Italy

Italy It is a country that not only can boast of its great cultural wealth, but also hides charming towns, impressive natural landscapes and spectacular beaches. Also, Italians are noble and warm people. Therefore, it is not surprising that it has been considered one of the best countries in the world to go on vacation in 2017.

Today in Hard Hobbit To Break We moved to this European country to discover some of its main customs and traditions. Surely we will have left some important customs in the pipeline, so we encourage you to tell us through the comments.


First of all, we want to talk about the way Italians have to greet each other. Normally, when they meet someone they know, they shake hands and then give each other a kiss on the cheek without touching it with the lips, always offering the left cheek On the other hand, you should bear in mind that both to say "hello" and "goodbye", they usually use the popular "ciao", although it is true that in informal contexts formulas such as "buongiorno", "buenasera" or "salve" are more common when it comes to unknown persons or a group.


Nonverbal communication

On the other hand, it is important that you bear in mind that non-verbal communication in Italy is essential. What's more, only with gestures From one hand, the Italians express that they are hungry, that they are angry, that they do not care about something, they can ask someone to leave, they are puzzled ...


We cannot speak of the customs of Italy without mentioning religion. And it must be borne in mind that Italians are very believers, and more specifically, very catholic. In fact, about 90% of the population is Roman Catholic and almost 40% is a practitioner.


If we talk about the customs of Italy we must also mention gastronomy, one of the main attractive from the country. In fact, Italian food has spread around the world (find out more about it in our article "The most typical dishes of Italy"). There are a number of customs that you should take into account: the normal menus are made up of antipasto, li primo, li secondo, li outline and li dolce; spaghetti is neither cut nor eaten with a spoon; pasta is not accompanied with bread; And no one cooks better than the mother and grandmother of every Italian. As for the tip, it is included in the bill.


The importance of coffee

Coffee deserves a special mention, which Italians use to interact with others. In this country you can take a wide spectrum of types of coffee, but they all have two things in common: the quality of the beans and the art of the Italians to prepare it.


As Christmas is just around the corner, we also want to tell you how Italians live these holidays. So, the first thing you should keep in mind is that it is a very relatives. The most important days are Christmas Eve, when the cenone (great dinner) is celebrated; Christmas, which is celebrated with family visits, big meals, gift exchanges and gatherings with friends; and New Year's Eve, when you eat and drink in abundance. Interestingly, in Naples, Sicily and Calabria a tradition is maintained that consists of throwing disused furniture and utensils out the window.

Beyond Christmas, in Italy there are other important festivals such as the Easter week, which is celebrated in a very similar way to Spain, in addition to the well-known Venice Carnival.

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