Italy is one of the friendliest and most welcoming countries I have ever been to. Not only is the food a mouth-watering experience but people are really polite. I can’t comment about Northern Italy, but in Southern Italy where I have visited people always say ”Good morning”. It is common to walk in to a shop and be greeted with “buon giorno” or “buona sera”. When walking down the street the people passing will usually say “hello” a welcoming friendly gesture.
It truly shocked me the first time because I didn’t expect it. I live in Southern England where people really don’t say hello especially if you are out for a walk or you go into a shop. It was so welcoming to hear people in Italy say a simple “hello”. It makes you want to go back again and again. I must be honest I have gone back many times. It still surprises me even now how friendly people are.
On my last trip I went into a small deli and because my Italian isn’t great I had so much fun trying to ask for some cheeses and hams. The owners were lovely and really tried to help me. It was such a fun experience and one I have returned to again and again.