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Ten Insights into Italian Culture

31 May, 2017: You may or may not already realize this, but Italy is a multicultural country and therefore “Italian culture” is very diverse. Italy is a country that has many languages (French, German, and Slovenian are official languages in certain regions, in addition to Italian), region-specific dialects, traditions, and ultimately, cultural differences. Here, I will paint broad brush strokes of cultural differences in Italy to help you become better attuned to its cultural landscape.

The Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy. © thetravellingsociologist

The following 10 insights are by no means comprehensive, but will nevertheless help you chart a more culturally sensitive path through your journey into Italian culture, both in Italy and in the diaspora. Click on each of the buttons below to find out more.







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I hope this quick orientation to cultural practices and cultural differences in Italy will help you prepare for your trip. I also hope that it will help you adjust your expectations of Americans/Canadians/other nationals of Italian descent that you may meet in the diaspora. Expectation management is half the battle of culling stereotypes, prejudices, and implicit or explicit caricaturization of a culture. So go forth as open-minded and culturally sensitive travellers to Italy, and be prepared to be transformed by your journey to the birthplace of civilization!

Rome – the birthplace of civilization.



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