Unravelling Italian Stereotypes

There are stereotypes about every country everywhere. This is because of staunch beliefs in their culture, religion or love for food and traditions. Hence there are many stereotypes about Italians too, some of which are only made up for fun and humour purposes, while others are actually true.

Below is the list of most common stereotypes about Italians which are actually true:

Italians are obsessed with fashion

Fashion is religiously practiced in Italy. Brands like Prada, Armani and Versace, among others, are proof of this. However, Italians are all about their fashion sense, where they rarely dress up casually or over-the-top bling. Italians feel an obligation to look good and to represent fashion in every aspect.
Individualism is practised in Italy when it comes to fashion; so don’t make faces when you see men in silk satin suits and bright colours.

Italians are habitually late

Italians work in accordance with their own timeline, be it work or meet ups. Even if you question Italians for arriving late, they will casually respond that they stopped for a smoke or coffee.

People on the streets are also seen with this relaxed mindset, as most people walk at a relatively leisurely pace. In United States habitual lateness is viewed as negative, in Italy it is a reflection of taking life slowly and appreciating the moment.

Italians talk with their hands

Italians do actually use their hands when they talk. A gesture is part of a concept, and even if Italians try to not move their hands while talking, they cannot resist.

Italians love football

Italians take football very seriously; when it comes to football no one can divert their attention from it. Even if an Italian is not present in the stadium (which is obviously not possible for the whole of Italy to be at the stadium), you can usually hear people shouting from the neighbourhoods in Italy when they see football on their TVs.

Fresh pasta made on cooking holiday in Tuscany.

Italians love Pasta

It’s the most common and understated stereotype. Italians are known for their cuisine, and pasta being the most famous one. And yes, Italians devour the pasta like nobody else. Italians consume 60 pounds of pasta per year. You can find our easy step-by-step guide to make Fresh Italian Pasta here.

Families are most important to Italians

People might find it weird when they go to Italy and see independent adults in their 20s and 30s living with their huge families or parents. But, Italians love their families. Even if a few Italians don’t live together in a family, they meet for weekly gathering. Italians have an undeniably strong bond with their families. And, usually, the mother rules the family.

Italians aren’t scared of Public Display of Affection

Italians are very romantic, and they are no stranger to affection. Be it kissing or embracing their loved ones in public, or two male friends walking closely together holding hands. The Italian way of classic greeting is to greet someone by kissing them on both cheeks.

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