The "Living In" Series:

Living in Italy
by: Alvino E. Fantini, PhD
Illustrated by A. Mario Fantini
Copyright © 2008 Revised, Updated 5th Edition


Table of Contents

Contents
1. First Steps 1
1.1 Money 2
1.2 Food 4
1.3 Drinks and Drinking 7
1.4 Restaurants 9
1.5 Hotels 10
1.6 Tipping 12
1.7 Telephone 13
1.8 Letters, Telegrams, Faxes, and Email 14
1.9 Transportation 15
1.10 Shopping 17
1.11 Health and Medical Care 18
1.12 Electricity 19
1.13 Security 20
1.14 Conversions 21

2. Customs and Values 25
2.1 Greetings and Leave-takings 25
2.2 Titles 27
2.3 Relationships 28
2.4 Conversational Topics 30
2.5 Family Life 31
2.6 Eating Customs and Meals 33
2.7 Time 34
2.8 Walking 34
2.9 Leisure 35
2.10 Hospitality 37
2.11 Personal Space and Privacy 37
2.12 Holiday Celebrations 38
2.13 Culture Bumps 40
A note on generalizations 42

3. Country Facts 43
3.1 History 43
A brief outline of Italian history 48
3.2 Map of Italy 49
3.3 People 50
3.4 Land and Climate 51
3.5 Government 52
3.6 Economy 54
3.7 Education 55
3.8 Religion 56
3.9 Arts 57

4. The Italian Language 61
4.1 A Pronunciation Guide 62
4.2 Some Basic Grammar 64
4.3 Some Useful Phrases 79
4.4 Some Italian Gestures 86
4.5 Some Italian Expressions 87
4.5 Index of Italian Words Used in the Text 88

5. Some Books about Italy 90



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