About Italy

By: Monique Marin

Business Customs: Do's

-Many businesses close for the entire month of August, and office hours can vary on the weekends.

-Dress semi-formal for business meetings.

-However, office hours will usually be 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM Monday through Friday, with morning hours on Saturdays.

- Dark suits are most common for men, with expensive ties, cuff links, and watches.

- Women should dress stylishly with make-up and jewelry. Perfume and cologne is also acceptable.

Business Customs: Don'ts

-Discuss politics, religion, the Mafia, or family with business associates.

-Offer a gift in a business meeting until one has been given to you.

-Be late to business engagements.

- Punctuality is not a priority, but as a guest to Italy, you will make a far better impression if you are on time.

-Don’t talk about politics.

Interesting Facts

-When McDonald's opened in 1986 in Rome, food purists outside the restaurant gave away free spaghetti to remind people of their culinary heritage.

-The official name of Italy is the Italian Republic (Repubblica Italiana).