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See the past in loco
The starting points are Piazza Maggiore and the Neptune fountain, in the old city. Religious works are a strong feature of Bologna, like the San Petronio Basilica, the San Domenico Basilica and the Santo Stefano complex. Asinelli and Garisenda, the leaning towers, are unavoidable as well. And the art pieces of Pinacoteca, the national gallery, are an absolute must-see.
And then back to the future
Beyond the "haute couture" stores of the shopping circuit, especially in the old city, Bologna has an essential influence on the national gastronomy. You must try the ragu (bolognese sauce), the tagliatelle and the tortellini. At night, fun will go on for hours in Via Zamboni, Via Mascarella and, of course, the Piazza Maggiore.
Culture and Business
Make sure you have your citizen’s card or passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, arrange your visa or other required documentation well in advance.
The climate is generally of the Mediterranean type, with hot and dry summers and cold and rainy winters.
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Geography and Politics
Italy is a unitary parliamentary republic located in south-central Europe, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea. Besides the peninsula, it also includes the islands of Sicily and Sardinia and several other smaller islands. It is a member of the European Union.
Tips and Payment
Italy is part of the Eurozone, so the currency used will be the Euro (EUR). It is not customary to leave a tip since the bill in restaurants already contains a service charge. However, if you are satisfied with the service you can leave a little extra.
Language and expressions to memorize
Italian is the official language throughout the country. In Italian, “Ciao" = hi; "Per favore" = please; "Grazie mille" = thank you very much.
What to do
Establishing a relationship of trust and respect is essential. Like most of the peoples of Southern Europe, relationships are extremely important to Italians.
What not to do
Do not be intimidated by the proximity of the Italians. They are people with extremely enthusiastic body language and use it as a way of communicating.
What to wear
As Italy is one of the great fashion centers of Europe, try to find the balance between an elegant and conservative style. Make a good impression with a formal style for meetings - suit and tie for men and a suit or dress for women.
When meeting someone in a business context, greet him or her with a handshake. It is considered normal to give two kisses on the face in social situations; the handshake continues to be the appropriate greeting between men. If you are invited to someone's house, bring a bouquet of flowers or a bottle of good quality wine.