Amber & Cheyanne
Welcome to our guide to Italy.
Meeting & Greeting
- When being introduced to someone, shake hands with everyone in the room, men, women, and children, also shake hands with them when leaving.When shaking hands ladies should extend their hands first.
- When talking to someone make eye contact, otherwise Italians will think your hiding something.
- Friends may greet each other with a kiss on both cheeks.
- When addressing someone by their name call them by their last name until otherwise instructed by them.
- Italians enjoy a lot of good humor and can be self-deprecating.
- Send a thank you note after being entertained or given a gift.
- Stand when an older person enters the room.
- Give attention to or bring a small gift for children.
- Cover your mouth if you must yawn, but try not to yawn.
- Men should always remove their hats when entering a building.
- Don’t remove your shoes in public.
- Refrain from asking personal questions.
Weddings and Funerals
Italian funeral traditions are consistent with the Catholicism as it is the major religion of Italy.
The Proposal:The groom usually serenades the bride her first,then he will give her a diamond ring because of the belief that a diamond is made from flames of love. Weddings on a sunday are the luckiest and if the bride wears green the night before the wedding, it will bring good luck, But if she wears gold the day of of before that will bring Bad Luck to the couple.
Supertisouse: To ward off bad gewgaw from envious people a groom wears a piece of iron(Toc Ferro) the men a t the reception kiss the bride for good luck+ to make the groom jealous.
Traditional Dance: Tarantella is the dance of the spider and includes light and quick movements with passionate hand movements.
The Food: can be up to 14 course, the cake is served with espresso. A candy-coated Jordan almonds are served to represent the bittersweet nature of marriage, usually wrapped in Tulle, or in pretty pouches with 5 or 7 because those are lucky numbers.
Games:Friends of the groom will sneak away to play tricks not the couple like itching powder on the bed and in the clothed.
The thank yous: they don’t give thank you cards,they are expected to bake cakes or some other form of a sweet to the guest that attended the wedding.
- In Italy the Christmas season lasts for a few weeks up until Epiphany. (the day the Wise men visited baby Jesus.)
- Christmas meals include:
- Lo zampone (skin of a lower pig leg filled with minced meat)
- Il cotechino (sausage, similar to salami)
- Tortellini (ring-shaped pasta)
- Il panettone (fruitcake)
- Bombardino (a popular drink similar to eggnog)
- Another popular Christmas activity is the “urn of fate”, in which presents are put into a lucky dip and there is one gift per person. However, gift-exchanging also occurs on Epiphany.
- Christmas Day is a national public holiday in Italy. Organizations and businesses are closed include:
- The presepe (Nativity scene) is often seen outdoors, particularly outside churches. The Nativity scene is popular custom that has spread across to many countries. The Ceppo (a Yule log) is also burnt during Christmas and must stay lighted until New Year’s Day.
Death and Funerals are very big in the italian culture, they believe that the deeds souls never leave the earth and might come back, they have rituals that allow them to leave the earth all the way, like burying them with their fav. items, books,jewelry,photos etc. after they are dead they rarely speak of them,so in hope that they do not accidentally summon them back to the earth.
They are open to every one in the village, they hang poster to alert people of the death, like we do here in the newspaper.
Food: they brings fruit,deserts,wine,casserole as soon as they know some one has died, they usually have plenty of left overs.
Although Italians are known throughout the world for pizza, pasta, and tomato sauce, the national diet of Italy has traditionally differed greatly by region. Prior to the blending of cooking practices among different regions, it was possible to distinguish Italian cooking simply by the type of cooking fat used: butter was used in the north, pork fat in the center of the country, and olive oil in the south. Staple dishes in the north were rice and polenta, and pasta was most popular throughout the south. During the last decades of the twentieth century, however, pasta and pizza became popular in the north of Italy. Pasta is more likely to be served with a white cheese sauce in the north and a tomato-based sauce in the south.
Italians are known for their use of herbs in cooking, especially oregano, basil, thyme, parsley, rosemary, and sage.
they have r over 400 different types of cheeses
a traditional dish is roast suckling pig
Although the holiday bread called panet-tone is the best known of Italy's many holiday desserts.
Regions throughout the country have their own traditional holiday sweets featuring local ingredients.
In the north, butter is a major ingredient of these desserts. Zelten cakes, similar to fruitcake, are filled with raisins, dates, figs, almonds, pine nuts, orange peel, rum, and cinnamon, are baked two or three weeks before Christmas because they improve with time.
Among the best known arestruffoli , fried cubes of egg pastry covered with honey and sprinkled with colored sugar, a specialty from Naples.