Culture Norms-Italian Style
October 2, 2019

Italians are known for style, class and speaking with their hands. Here are some things you might not know about the Italian culture.

Greeting an Italian

When you are introduced to an Italian, you should greet them with ‘Buongiorno’ (good day) and ‘piacere’ (nice to meet you) and shake hands. Among close friends and young people, they usually use ‘ciao’ (hello) but it isn’t considered polite if you address a stranger.

Times of day

‘Buongiorno’ is said in the morning before 12:00 pm. ‘Buonasera’ is said from 12:00 pm until late in the evening. ‘Buonanotte’ is said when you are leaving someone’s house after dinner or going to bed.

Kissing in Italy

Kissing among friends is common greeting. There are usually two kisses — first on the right cheek, then on the left. Italian families usually kiss when they meet, male and female. Members of the opposite sex they kiss high on the cheek, never on the mouth(except between lovers). It usually isn’t a kiss, more like a delicate brushing of the cheeks accompanied by kissing noises.

Dress code

You and I both know how well Italians dress, it seems to be a birthright to have style, class, and elegance. A first impression is very important to Italians which is referred to as ‘La Bella Figura‘ (beautiful presentation or figure). Bella figura exemplifies not only the way you look, but how you act and what you say. Alluding to how to be seen in the best light. Italians pride themselves on being the best version of themselves.

Italians rarely wear comfy clothes in public, like flip flops, shorts or sweatshirts. They dress how they want to be treated with class, elegance, and style. This doesn’t mean you have to buy or wear fancy clothes while walking around Rome, but be aware of how are you dressing while in public. Also a fun game, people watch while having an espresso in a cafe. Take time to notice how Italians carry themselves and how they dress.

That’s it for now, more tips coming on the next post.

When you confirm your spot on our Self Love Yoga Retreat, be sure to check out all the blog posts that will give you some insight on how to get around Italy.

A presto, Kate