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Kissing in Italy

Inquiring minds want to know: Which Way Do You Kiss in Italy? Jessica at Italylogue wrote this post today and, as an IBM (Italian By Marriage), I’ve always wondered this myself. Even though Italian-Americans typically only kiss once on the cheek (American efficiency?), I’ve always sensed that I’ve leaned the wrong way but I never kept track of just which way seemed the most awkward.

So, if you too are curious, have a gander at Jessica’s funny post which also includes a video on Italian etiquette. Enjoy!

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Melanie Renzulli has been writing about travel to Italy for more than 20 years.

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  • Jessica, Italy Logue
    10 June 2008 at 12:49 pm

    I’m glad you liked my post. 🙂 I have to say, though, that even though I’ve been told the “correct” way to lean first, I almost always wait for whoever I’m greeting to lean and then follow their lead. My Italian teacher and her husband do it “incorrectly,” and I’m forever scarred by nearly smooching both of them. 😉 So, being a follower and not a leader in these situations can be much less awkward!

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