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The Italian Culture

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Morgan Rich

on 7 October 2013

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courting rituals
marriage traditions
family values
sports interest
Why Italy?
The Italian Culture
Italy vs. U.S.A
-Southern Europe
-Bordering Austria and France
-Extends into the Mediterranean
Greeks-->Southern Italy
Etruscans/Romans--> Central Italy
The Roman Empire flourished then fell
The Renaissance influenced culture
Allied with Axis powers during WWII
Italy is known for it's boot shape
Table Etiquette/ Manners
No accepting food the first time it is offered
Woman take toasts(rarely men)
Introduction- shake hands
Friends greet each other with a kiss- left then right cheek
Humor is common and appreciated(especially with quick punch lines)
outsiders should not joke about politics or the mafia
wrapped in purple-bad luck
wrapped in black-funerals only
Italians often dress up for everyday events
Italian cuisine relies heavily on regionally available food.
The most well known dishes are pasta and pizza.
Meals are often multi-course and are dedicated to family time.
90% of Italians are Roman Catholic
Vatican City, the center of the Catholic world sits in Rome, Italy.
Reproduction of manger scene originated in Italy.
Italians commonly wear a cross necklace or rosary and adorn houses with crucifix and image of the Virgin Mary.
Aperitivo -- an appetizer or beverage.
Antipasto -- appetizers (fresh bread, bruschetta, olives or cheese).
Primo -- First course (pasta, soup, stew).
Secondo -- Meat course.
Contorno -- a vegetable side dish served with Secondo (salad).
Formaggio e frutta -- cheese and fruit.
Dolce -- dessert (chocolates, cakes, cannoli, tiramisu).
Caffè --coffee.
Digestivo -- liquor(sambuca and nocino).
• New Years Day
• Epiphany
• Easter Monday
• Anniversary of Liberation
• Labour Day
• Republic Day
• Assumption Day
• All Saints Day
• Immaculate Conception
• Christmas Day
• Saint Stevens Day

Recreational Activities
The most popular sport is soccer.
Every major city in Italy has a professional soccer team.
Other popular sports in Italy include basketball, cycling, fishing, baseball, and roller-skating.
They also enjoy taking strolls on Sundays, going to the beach and watching TV.
Works Cited
Values and Attitudes

"Customs and Etiquette in Italy: 15 Things Every Visitor Should Know." Fodor's Travel Guides. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Oct. 2013. <>.

"Delicious Traditional Italian Desserts." Delicious Traditional Italian Desserts. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Oct. 2013. <>.

"How Italian Traditions Work." HowStuffWorks. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Oct. 2013. <>.

"Italy - Culture, Customs & Etiquette." Italy - Culture, Customs & Etiquette. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Oct. 2013. <>.

"Italy - Cultural Etiquette - E Diplomat." Italy - Cultural Etiquette - E Diplomat. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Oct. 2013. <>.

"Social Customs in Italy." Just Landed. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Oct. 2013. <>.
The Italian culture interested us because we both want to travel there.
The food is good :)
Garrett's Grandmother is full-blood Italian and her heritage interested us.
Italians are known for the way they talk with their hands, their distinct features, their food, and their rich culture and history.
Would we experience culture shock in Italy?
Do they really talk with their hands that much?
How do they view Americans?
How much do regions vary?
Kiss when greeting
Polite and well mannered
Shops close early
People walk/ride trains/ride buses
Public smoking (restaurants)
Not affectionate people
24 hour service
People drive
We Recycle
Italians are well mannered and very polite at certain occasions(holidays and parties)
Values pass down from generation to generation
Hard working
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