10 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.
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Careful with the olive oil - Everyone knows that Italians love their olive oil, and it's not unknown for an oil bottle to slip from the cook’s “mani di ricotta” (ricotta hands), and splatter all over the kitchen floor. However, along with the wasted oil, Italians believe bad luck and misery pour out of the bottle as well. This superstition comes from the fact that oil used to be one of the most precious possessions of the average Italian, and spilling it would mean too much money wasted.