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Ten delightfully irrational Italian superstitions

Italy is home to many weird and wonderful superstitions, with many still practised by Italians today. Here we explain ten of the most common.

As a Catholic country, it’s perhaps no surprise that Italy is steeped in superstition.

Some – like never walking under a ladder – you may have already heard of in your own home country while others are individual to Italy. 

What, for example, does an Italian mean when they urge a wolf to gobble you up? And why do Italians eat lentils on New Year’s Eve?

Click below to see our list of ten delightfully irrational superstitions.

By Giulia Armiero / Sophie Inge

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