Italy has always attracted travelers. Art lovers, romantics, artists and pilgrims, gourmets, connoisseurs of fashion – that’s how we imagine them. But are we right?
Sociability of Italians is known all over the world. They are emotional and like gesturing. They tell their stories bright and colorful instantly arising a huge interest in everyone.
In the character of the Italians is present temper, pride and benevolence, affability. They can easily begin a conversation with strangers in the restaurant or the train. There are no restrictions in communication for them, so they greet people ten times in a row and time say goodbye for a long time. They spend hours discussing the news, gossip, and it’s not considered as something shameful – it’s in their blood. All their sentences are clear, coherent and logically constructed, colorful, and very convincing. So it’s not worth to argue with the Italians.
Furthermore, Italians are very polite people and have good manners. They attach the great importance to the cheers, which are always accompanied by handshakes and kisses. In this way they express the elation and joy when meeting friends. The Italian will certainly kiss you on both cheeks and among men it is also accepted. A handshake has a certain character – it shows that the arms that extend to each other are unarmed.
Strangers may be called “signore/signora” and much more often than in England and America by the professional titles, for example, “doctor” – not necessarily a doctor, it may be any person with a higher education, “professor” is called for all teachers, not just the university teachers, “maestro
- is not only styled conductor and composers, but one with other profession, even a judo coach. Unlike the British, Italians don’t say “excuse me” if they do not feel for a fault.
The punctuality is not considered to be a mandatory quality, and the time is always said approximately. Being late in Italy is not welcomed, but in any case, is treated with patience. Late for fifteen minutes allowed for half an hour – no longer exists. For example, a university professor may be late for fifteen minutes an no more, if it exceeds the allowable limit, he’ll find nobody in the lecture room.
“Every bird likes its own nest” – it’s all about Italians. The family – is the main indicator of social, economic, organizational and political cell in Italy. The family duty an Italian considers as indispensable and doesn’t spare neither strength nor resources for it. The bonds of friendship also play a significant role. Italians like to belong to different communities and groups -the idea of belonging to one group or another is extremely important to them. The “true friendship” is usually tied in childhood – with classmates and neighbors – and persists for life.
Like British, Italians have the main topic to talk about – love. To the love the Italians are very serious: 99% of Italian songs are about love, the endless debates are devoted love – because, in essence, what is life without love? So Italians don’t limit themselves and believe that even in old age they are worthy of love.
Italians have a good sense of humor, they know how to laugh at themselves and at the others as well. They love to watch the neighbors, what is reflected in their humor: they rarely laugh at other people, but there are a dime dozen of jokes about the themselves.