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The ruins of the Colosseum, the massive Vatican, the numerous piazzas and fountains. One could be intimidated, but the only thing the Romans take seriously is the dolce vita. Book a flight to Rome and...
See the Sistine Chapel and toss a coin in the fountain
The city isn’t just about the symbols of the Roman and Christian empires. From the stairway of Piazza di Spagna to the Fontana di Trevi, to the Piazza Navona and the Sant’Angelo castel, Rome is an open-air museum. But there are real museums, great ones: make sure you don't miss the Galleria Borghese or the Pantheon.
Enjoy life. Slowly.
Gold and red are the official colors of the capital city of Italy, matching the pleasant weather and the ocher tone of the buildings and the landscape. When in Rome, do as the Romans do: between a slice of pizza in Piazza del Popolo and a glass of wine in the bohemian Trasevere, there’s time for everything. Let’s meet at the Sant’Angelo bridge!
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.