After having spent more than one year in Germany I still get disappointed occasionally.
Let´s talk about the last tiny cultural shock I experienced several weeks ago.
Should you be looking to travel, live, relocate or do business in the sovereign state, we will give you a helpful head start on understanding the country and its cultures.
Italy is a Southern European country, bordered by Austria, France, San Marino, Slovenia and Switzerland.
Read More If you’re a NORMS regular, you have your favorite staple dish like our hand-cut steaks and farm-fresh eggs or one of our hand-pattied half-pound burgers.
If you’re not a regular yet, you’ll become one soon enough when you find that dish you can’t live without.
During a dinner I prepared for some German friends, I had to hear this comment about my risotto: “I think that risotto with mozzarella is boring”.
In Italy I could have served stinking stale food, my dishes could have been covered with hair (well, not exactly!
There are a couple of unwritten social rules that tell you how to behave in an Italian context without falling short of others expectations.
When being introduced to someone in a formal situation, it’s common to say ‘pleased to meet you’ ( molto lieto). It’s also customary to say ‘good day’ or ‘good evening’ ( buonasera) on entering a small shop, waiting room or lift, and ‘good day’ or ‘goodbye’ ( arriverderci or, when addressing only one person, arrivederla) on leaving (friends say ciao).
Buongiorno becomes buonasera any time after the lunch break (around 1pm), although if you choose buonasera (or buongiorno), don’t be surprised if the response isn’t the same.
The Capital: Rome Main Cities: Milan, Naples, Turin, Palermo, Genoa Population: 60.78 million Size: 301,338 km² (116347.
sq miles)Major Religion: Italy is a Christian country, with 88% of the population belonging to the Catholic Church (however only a 1/3 of these are active).