5 Handy Italian Gestures You Should Definitely Know


Keywords, decoded.


It’s no surprise that Italians like to use their hands A LOT more than using words at times. If body language is key in their form of communication, you might want to brush up on some handy lingo before traveling through this gorgeous country.

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I was lucky enough to meet a new friend Ambrogio in Monterosso, Cinque Terre, to teach me some useful gestures. Keywords, decoded!

Don’t be shy, let your hands flail in the air, twist your face in hilarious expressions. This is how the locals roll, so get with their dictionary program. Check out the video above, just don’t go overboard with #5. Ciao!

What’s your favorite Italian hand gesture? Let us know in the comments.

Wendy Hung


As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and Russia because they were all so different! St. Bart's was pretty amazing too (wink)!

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