If you’ve ever been to Italy then you have probably noticed that there are some major differences in the food, way of life, and country as a whole compared to America. Let’s have a look at some of the differences between the 2 countries that will hopefully prepare you for your next vacation to Italy.
1. Electrical Outlets
Be prepared to buy a travel plug adapter if travelling to Italy because the outlets are different.
After lunchtime in Italy, almost everyone will take a nap or take the time to rest. Most stores are also closed between 1pm-4pm because they will have their lunch and also some time to relax. Good luck if you even get a 30-minute lunch break in America!
3. Clothing Sizes
The sizes of clothing in Italy can be a little absurd. A woman’s large shirt sometimes looks like it could fit an infant. In the states, the sizes range a little differently and are usually true to size.
4. Phone Contracts
Instead of the crazy $100 phone bill per month that some Americans are spending, Italians top up their phone each month with 10 – 15 euros!
In America, it’s important to either be 10 minutes early or on time. In Italy, 20 minutes late seems to be “early” for them.
Although dryers are available in Italy, many people still dry their clothes in the old fashion way on a clothesline.
Any meal in Italy is very important. It means time with family, socializing, and enjoying good food. Mealtime is usually slower in Italy compared to America. Most meals in America are eaten in front of the TV and within less than 30 minutes.
In Italy, you can order a drink and take it outside and across the street with you without a question. Try this in America and you will most likely get stopped.
Do you know some other differences between Italy and America? Let us know in the comments.
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