Italy Etiquette – Helpful Tips on Managing a Business in Italy



If you are planning to go to Italy and establish a new business within the country, you will have to learn and understand some etiquette for Italian business that would make you feel welcome to the society. These protocols will also assist you in becoming a trustworthy individual to work with. The following are the things that you have to bear in mind.

Italian people are usually friendly and warm. They use their own language in dealing with people though most business owners inside the country are able to speak in English. Most of the natives of Italy appreciate the foreigners who speak using their own language. Hence, learning some Italian words before you move will be helpful.

Also, Italians love greeting one another by means of smile and handshake. For a more formal introduction, giving your calling card to them will be a great idea. In this way, they can easily call you whenever they have to do so. You must keep in mind that you have to begin a good business relationship and don’t rush into discussions and negotiations.

Hospitality and food are both major aspects in establishing a business in the country of Italy. Lunch is typically served late in the afternoon while their dinner time starts at around 8:00 to 9:00 PM in the evening. Fashion plays a very crucial role in doing business within this country. The people of Italy can judge anyone by the way he or she dress. You must be always presentable when attending a business meeting. You must wear decent and formal business attire when you need to meet these people.

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