Italian culture

Humour

The Italian sense of humour is very different to the British.  The Italians humour is full of slapstick and irony (they love the Benny Hill style of humour) whereas the British sense of humour is sharp witted with lots of sarcasm. Everyone likes to hear a joke but there is a time
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Table Manners

When eating out in Italy, or as a guest for dinner please remember the following; Do not sit down before you have been invited to do so as it is considered rude. The host or hostess is the one to lead in the meal – when they sit down, the guest should do so too, and when
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Italian People

Family and friends mean everything to the Italians and you will find that the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins often settle in the same town, sometimes even sharing the same villa or apartment block.  There are many family businesses around Lake Como which are passed down
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Invitations and Gift Giving

As with many countries, when invited to someone’s home for the first time, it is considered normal etiquette to take a small token of appreciation for your host. In Italy it is better for the host to receive their gift wrapped.  Quality and appearance means a lot to
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Meeting and Greeting Italian People

Italian people are very sociable and are enthusiastic when meeting people for the first time.  First impressions and manners go a long way with when meeting Italians. How Italians greet you also depends on what part of Italy they are from.  In the south of Italy, Italians greet
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