Italian Culture

Other Considerations

  • It is uncommon for Italians to make phone calls between 2pm and 4pm, since this is when many people have a ‘pisolino’ (nap). If they must call during these hours, they will apologise for disturbing the household.
  • Italy has been a key flashpoint in Europe’s migrant crisis. With a large coastline, hundreds of thousands of people have been arriving by sea in the past few years, the majority from Africa. Such migration has been putting social and political stress on the country. Be sensitive if approaching this topic as you may not be able to presume somebody’s position or education on the matter. Avoid making comparisons with Australia’s migration as it occurs under a different context and scale.
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