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Ten things you should never say to an Italian

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Ten things you should never say to an Italian
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To you Italy may be all about the mafia, "bunga bunga" parties and pizzerias. But not to Italians. Here's a list of ten things you should never say to an Italian, unless you want salt in your coffee and water in your wine.

Foreigners trying to make friends with Italians are often keen to show an interest in the country, although often risk falling back on stereotypes exported overseas.

From the mafia to the apparent charm of Italians' hand gestures, newcomers risk oversimplifying the country and even insulting Italians.

Check out The Local's tips to make sure you avoid any awkward silences and hold onto your new friends.

The Local List: Ten things you should never say to an Italian

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