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National traditions of Italy. Habits, mentality and the way of living

Santa Cesarea Terme The Italian temperament is legendary; it is a true symbol of passionate, receptive and free people. This stereotype was not accidental. Italians are incredibly temperamental and open. However, depending on the region of residence, their character may vary. Italians do not imagine life without communication - they conduct casual conversations at every opportunity, no matter how intimately familiar they are with their interlocutor. The Italians begin each day with a cup of strong aromatic coffee, and end every evening with a glass of wine in the company of close friends or relatives. Meeting with acquaintances, relatives or friends, they inevitably kiss twice on the cheeks.
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The daily routine in Italy is quite free. Mornings traditionally begin with a cup of coffee and freshly baked goods. The Italians are not accustomed to eating on the run, and therefore enjoy the morning coffee slowly; waking up and getting ready for a new day. In the afternoons in Italy, there is a three-hour siesta that allows locals to spend time with family or friends at lunch. The companionship during the meal is an important aspect of Italian culture. Italians are indifferent to fast food. It contradicts their way of life as they are accustomed to enjoying the process of eating.
Another important feature of the Italian character is a reverent attitude to family. Family values prevail over many others. Family for the Italian is not only parents, brothers and sisters, but also numerous "distant" relatives: cousins, uncles, aunts and nephews. In families, women occupy a dominant position. They manage not only the household, but also, often manage their men and solve important family issues. Children are pampered. From their childhood they are brought up fond of their parents, especially mothers. You can often meet an Italian 30-year-old man living with his mother so he can take care of her. Children in Italian families generally do not hurry to leave their parents. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Italians get married late, carefully choosing a life companion. This is due to a very complex divorce process. A mistake can be very expensive and a divorce can last for several years. Women are treated with special respect. Italian men are able to appreciate beauty, taste in clothes and well-groomed appearance, and so Italians always take care of their appearance. It is customary to admire women as well as compliment them and give flowers, although the feminist movement has slightly changed the historically established practice. Sense of style is in the blood of Italians. They always look great, even the housewives who never go out, not having thought of their outfit and not picking up the purse that is appropriate to their image.
Isola dei Pescatori In Italy, there is a very relaxing rhythm of life. Italians love to get pleasure from everything they do, enjoying every moment. Another interesting point in the life of Italians is the abundance of laws and legislative acts regulating the most unexpected aspects of life. For example, there is a monopoly on salt in the country, and therefore even sea water can be a prohibited product. Dinner in Italy begins rather late, after 8 pm, and is also accompanied by long conversations and communication. Another national tradition is passeggiata, an evening walk. After a day's work and dinner, Italians like to go out into the streets, where they can chat with neighbors and friends.
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Italians are incredibly fond of communication, and therefore making friends among locals is very simple. When getting acquainted, they pay much attention to where the person came from and what he does. Italians are happy to look for new friends and constantly expand their social circle. Children in the country are very anxious. All establishments, from restaurants to cinemas, are sensitive to small guests. Owners can give them a free portion of ice cream or just entertain the kid. Italians are accustomed to enjoying life. They are always smiling and sincerely looking forward to any communication. If someone accidentally pushes an Italian and then apologizes, the incident can develop into an exchange of compliments and full acquaintance.
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Reference information
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas in Italy
♥   Basilica Cattedrale di S. Nicolò, Noto. On the map   Photos
♥   Cattedrale di S. Giovanni Battista, Ragusa. On the map   Photos
♥   Basilica di SS. Annunziata, Comiso. On the map   Photos
♥   Basilica di S. Maria delle Stelle, Comiso. On the map   Photos
♥   Basilica di S. Giovanni Battista, Vittoria. On the map   Photos
♥   Cattedrale della Natività di Maria Santissima, Siracusa. On the map   Photos
♥   Santuario-Basilica di Beata Vergine, Maria delle Lacrime, Siracusa. On the map   Photos
Map of all castles
Castles of Italy
♥   Castle 'Agazzano Castle' Agazzano. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Agogna Castle' Agogna. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Aicurzio Castle' Aicurzio. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Albertis Castle' Genoa. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Altafiumara Fort' Villa San Giovanni. On the map   Photos
Country maps Maps of Italy
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Unique traditions in cities of Italy

Rome
Italians are not accustomed to have a nourishing breakfast, so the majority of local cafes and restaurants offer to their guests coffee and fresh rolls for breakfast. Lunch is considered the main meal. As a rule, it consists of at least three dishes. A dessert, which is so familiar to Europeans, Italians can replace with cheese platter and a glass of wine. Drinking wine is not forbidden here even in the middle of the day. Despite the love of local people to this drink, the general attitude to … Read more
Florence
Despite the fact that local restaurants and cafes provide visitors with a rich selection of alcoholic beverages, the locals are quite modest when it comes to drinking alcohol. Even famous grappa is mostly the prerogative of tourists. This drink is not very popular among the locals. Only wine remains an invariable attribute of every meal. Many varieties of wine here have a small percent of alcohol, so Florence residents can afford a glass of this drink even in the midst of the workday. When it … Read more
Milan
It is worth noting that couples here do not walk through the city holding their hands - it is simply not common here. Even legitimate spouses should not display their relationship on publicity. Italians actively use body language during communicating, and this habit is highly "contagious" for visitors. With time tourists start realizing that this way it’s really much easier to express own emotions. Milan is a real Mecca for shoppers. When you plan to visit local stores, it is worth … Read more
Venice
Rimini
The festival features loud parties and discos, concerts and open air performances. Every year the festival gets its new original theme, this fact makes the celebration even more unrepeatable, exciting and much waited by locals and city guests. The only feature of the exciting ethnic holiday remains unaltered being its bright pink color During celebrating period pink clothes and accessories are sold right in the streets and almost in every local shop. In the evening tourists will meet a great … Read more
Naples
The drink is made of fruit ice. There is a belief that local people inherited the tradition of preparation of this refreshing drink from Arab cuisine culture. There is a great variety of recipes and ways of preparation of granita however the essence of the drinking treat is the same – it is a portion of processed ice made of fruit juice and syrup mixture. There is a belief that local people of Naples are more passionate about granita than about traditional Italian pasta. The ethnic drink … Read more

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