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Ten tips for Italian dining etiquette

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Ten tips for Italian dining etiquette
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"Buon Appetito" is one of the first expressions you learn in Italian. It's also one of the first you should forget, warns Italian etiquette expert Alberto Presutti. Read his ten tips for Italian dining etiquette.

Moving countries isn't just about learning a new language and you'll find there's a whole host of unspoken rules to get your head around. 

To find out the do's and don'ts of the Italian dining table, The Local spoke to Alberto Presutti, a Florence-based etiquette expert who offers courses on anything from dining to business etiquette.

Throughout his career Presutti - who is also a poet - has made numerous television appearances on RAI and Sky and is often interviewed by the Italian press. 

Since the Italian wroter Monsignor Giovanni Della Casa published his treatise on polite behavior in the 16th century, etiquette has become an important part of Italian society.

Centuries later, Presutti is convinced that etiquette still holds the key to "an effective communication between each one of us".  


To find out more about Alberto Presutti's etiqette courses you can visit his personal website here.

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