Whether you're planning to visit Italy or are simply interested in Italian culture, you may want to take a closer look at the origins of these gestures and what they mean.
Most Italian hand gestures were invented after the decline of ancient Rome. People around the world began moving to Naples, which was a hub for global trade. Rather than learn dozens of new languages, the Neapolitan people developed a system of gestures to communicate with their new neighbors.
Essentially, the ancient Italians invented their own form of sign language.
In modern times, Italians use gestures to give a punch to their conversation, adding a layer of meaning which mere words fail to communicate. Much like a dialect, the meanings and usage vary across the country. Still, there are several universal ones which most Italians recognize.
Time to Learn!
Instead, I present to you this comprehensive and entertaining video on Italian hand gestures, taught by the charming Carlo Aurucci (starting at 1:20). :)
Which gestures were your favorites? Are there more that you didn't see mentioned here? Be sure to tell me in the Comments section below. :)