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5 Unbelievable Facts about Italians

If you plan to learn Italian or visit Italy, there are a few things you absolutely need to know about Italian people. Many aspects of our culture are world famous – our food, our music and our coffee do not go unnoticed. However, our culture is full of quirks and fun quirks that you may still be unaware of.

Let’s explore Italian idiosyncrasies together – allow me to share five fun facts about Italians that will help you better understand their culture!

  1. Having a coffee after lunch is a must

Italians usually start their day with a cappuccino, followed by an espresso after lunch and sometimes even a coffee after dinner. Coffee is usually drunk standing up at the bar – in part, because it takes less than a minute to enjoy an espresso, which represents a minimal amount of coffee – or at home, prepared in a moka pot. One thing is certain, in Italy, a coffee is always welcome!

  1. You can communicate with your hands

Do you want to start a conversation with an Italian, but don’t have the command of the language yet ? Do not worry. You can rely more on your hands than on vocabulary to communicate – no matter what, the Italians will probably understand you.

Italian is full of gestures, but be sure to learn when and how to use each one. In Italy, gestures are not always innocent, you don’t want to find yourself in an embarrassing situation!

  1. Never refuse an Italian grandmother’s invitation to eat

In Italy, the worst crime you could commit would be refusing a meal prepared by an Italian grandmother. Family ( la famiglia ) is the most important aspect of an Italian’s life and grandparents are highly respected.

In particular, the cuisine prepared by Italian grandmothers is considered sacred. Thus, in Italy, when you are invited to a meal, to the question “are you satisfied?” you always have to answer “no”.

  1. Pineapple pizza does not exist in Italy

Hotly contested, pineapple on pizza is an ingredient that many people refute. In Italy, this type of discussion does not exist: pineapple is considered a fruit and not a pizza topping. Italians consider the presence of fruit on a pizza unacceptable.

This is mainly due to the fact that pineapple is not an Italian product, but also because a pizza topping is only acceptable if its flavor remains discreet – which is unfortunately not the case for that particular fruit!

  1. Never go out with wet hair

If you’re serious about making an Italian lose his temper, all you have to do is step out with wet hair. In Italy, if you go out without drying your hair, you risk catching “un colpo d’aria ” – literally, a blow of air. It is blamed for just about everything, from torticollis to indigestion.

In Italy, a sudden change in temperature is generally considered harmful to health; in fact, when Italians get sick, they choose to blame the wind.



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