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CultureShock! Italy

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CultureShock! Italy is the must-have guide for anyone living or working in Italy and who wants to decipher this diverse and rich country. This book will guide you through the highs and lows of adapting to Italian culture, offering useful tips and suggestions along the way. Learn about the geographical diversity of the country and how to hire a geometra for all your accommodation needs. Navigate your way through Italian body language and discover what it really means. Understand Italian family values and pick up tips on business etiquette.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Foreword
  6. Map of Italy
  7. Chapter 1: First Impressions
    1. Arrival
    2. Getting from the Airport to Town
    3. Accommodation
    4. Reasonable Hotels
    5. Breakfast
    6. People-Watching
    7. Having a Meal
    8. Seeing the Sights
    9. Closing Times
    10. Telephones
    11. Conveniences
    12. Dress
    13. Smoking
    14. Quenching Your Thirst
    15. Touring
  8. Chapter 2: The Land and its History
    1. Geography
    2. History
  9. Chapter 3: The Italian People
    1. The Family
    2. Friendship
    3. The Italian Lover
    4. The Weight of Tradition
    5. Festivals, Saints and the Year Cycle
    6. Food Festivals
    7. Political Festivals
    8. Autumn
    9. Superstitions
    10. The Seamier Side of Life
  10. Chapter 4: Socialising
    1. Dress Code
    2. Receiving Hospitality
    3. Visiting Cards
    4. Café/Bar
    5. Conversation
    6. Smoking
    7. Making a Phone Call
    8. Siesta
    9. Social Customs
  11. Chapter 5: Settling In
    1. Formalities
    2. Finding a Home
    3. What to Bring From Home
    4. The Education System
    5. Managing Your Home
    6. Banks
    7. Taxes
    8. Shopping
    9. What the Motorist Needs to Know
    10. Postal Services
    11. Telecommunications
    12. Houses of Worship
  12. Chapter 6: Food and Entertaining
    1. Piedmontese Food
    2. Piedmontese Wines
    3. Lombard Food
    4. Lombard Wine
    5. The Food of Emilia-Romagna
    6. The Wines of Emilia-Romagna
    7. Venetian Food
    8. Wines of the Veneto
    9. Ligurian Food
    10. Ligurian Wines
    11. Tuscan Food
    12. Wines of Tuscany
    13. Umbrian Food
    14. Umbrian Wines
    15. Food of the Marche
    16. Wines of the Marche
    17. The Food of Abruzzi and Molise
    18. Wines of Abruzzi and Molise
    19. Apulian Cuisine
    20. Apulian Wines
    21. The Food of Basilicata
    22. Wines of Basilicata
    23. Calabrian Cuisine
    24. Calabrian Wines
    25. Sicilian Cuisine
    26. Sicilian Wines
    27. Neapolitan Food
    28. Wines of Campania
    29. The Cuisines of Lazio
    30. Roman Wines
    31. Dining Etiquette
  13. Chapter 7: Enjoying the Culture
    1. Architecture
    2. Music
    3. Literature
    4. The Renaissance
    5. 16th Century
    6. The Seicento
    7. The Enlightenment
    8. Romanticism
    9. Risorgimento
    10. Unification
    11. 20th Century
    12. Fascism
    13. Post-war
    14. Current Trends
    15. Getting Around
    16. The Grand Tour
    17. Public Transport
    18. Recreation
  14. Chapter 8: Learning the Language
    1. Latin
    2. The Italian Language
    3. Body Language
    4. Linguistic Minorities
    5. Spelling in Italian
    6. Weeding Out Foreign Influences
    7. Anglicisms
    8. False Friends
    9. The Language in Daily Use
    10. Learning Italian
  15. Chapter 9: Working in Italy
    1. Snags
    2. Starting Out
    3. Business Etiquette
    4. Working Hours
    5. Negotiations
    6. Italian Flair
    7. Summing Up
  16. Chapter 10: Fast Facts about Italy
    1. Acronyms & Abbreviations
  17. Culture Quiz
  18. Do’s and Don’ts
  19. Glossary
  20. Resource Guide
  21. Further Reading
  22. About the Authors
  23. Index