People in Italy
Italy is a country of amazing diversity. Travelling from one end of the country to another, an intriguing panorama of changing landscapes immediately catches the visitorís eye. And if the visitor happens to be crossing the country by train then they will certainly meet a few Italian people trying to make conversation.
Italians are warm hearted, extrovert people. More reserved, though always polite, in the North, Italians are far more outspoken in the South, always refusing to accept the fact that not everyone in the world speaks fluent Italian. Since many of them donít speak English very well (their second language is French) visitors will have to be a little patient on the matter. With a mixture of hand gestures and pig English, both parties will find common ground and have a nice chit-chat.
Italian people are keen on sports, and not just soccer and basketball. They like to do everything in style and they love fashion. This is obvious in every occasion, whether they are walking down a busy city street going to work or shopping or if they are hiking at 2,300 meters with their car parked 10 km away. Of course, both Italian men and women love their cars. Visitors from all over the world are sure to admire the shiny Alfa Romeos and Ferraris they come across in Italy.
Like everywhere else in the world, Italians who live in the big cities are a little more stressed and anxious than people in small towns or villages. But being born and raised in such wonderful surroundings (not one of the big Italian cities is without an old town center) they keep their taste for good food and wine, enjoy music and dance and travelling and they keep fighting over politics! Do expect to hear raised voices, but this is passion rather than anger.
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People in Italy