Author: Dee Lee (CultureMee Founder and CEO)
Has there ever been a quote to more accurately describe the Italian way of communicating?
Picture those cultures, like Japan, which are quiet, softly spoken, who use plenty of nuanced non-verbal gestures and lots of silences. Now think of the exact opposite to this and you’re getting close to life here in Italy.
There are lots of high intensity emotions, so if you see people that look like they’re arguing, don’t worry, they are not. They’re just having a everyday lively discussion.
The somewhat elevated emotional intensity even extends to the local driving culture (anyone who has driven in busy parts of Rome or Naples and survived will tell you!).
What else can we say about Italian culture?
They have incredible warmth and hospitality, which you especially see when it comes to meals. They have a passion for their local food which is often more than just the meal itself.
It’s the company.
The chance to connect with your friends over the local cuisine and a good glass of Italian wine.
These examples go to the heart of why we started CultureMee, our free app which helps you embrace culture when travelling abroad.
So what is CultureMee?
High level, we help you unlock the local culture, including basic do’s and don’ts, dining etiquette and business culture (useful when negotiating in the local markets!).
We also provide lots of handy travel advice for typical traveller frustrations such as visas, vaccinations and plugs.
We recently launched a video platform, which will put you in the driving seat to give your own perspective on culture.
For anyone still hungry for more, we’ve got plenty of fun facts you keep you entertained. Did you know the unibrow is considered a highly attractive feature in women in Tajikistan?
Join us on our journey to help bring culture to the world, one traveller at a time.
To see Dee’s tips on navigating Italian culture, see:
To see John and I explain our CultureMee app, visit http://culturemee.com/videos/video.html?id=r1ab7fa452cb0fca087175f5b204d5b1.
P.S. Here’s one more of our CultureMee fun facts, did you know that Vatican City, Rome, is actually the smallest country in the world? We have also done a short video on Vatican city, see here: