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1. Posted by Loisp (Budding Member 23 posts) 10y

I just returned from Italy (Rome and Venice) and I found the people in Rome very rude to Americans. I talked to a few other people that I met along the way and they felt the same way. I am curious to see if anyone else encounter this

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

Ironically, your profile says that you loved the people of Italy. They must have had somethign nice to offer!

3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

I think the italians seem a nice bunch on the whole. Oh no - not another 'nicest nationality' argument!!

4. Posted by cruisegirl (Respected Member 244 posts) 10y

I've never had a problem with Italians or heard bad things about them. One funny instance though, we were in Florence at the market and the gentleman refused to budge on his prices, so we walked away. He came running after us, then whispered "Sorry, I will give you a better price. I see your Canadian flag on your backpack, I am so sorry, I thought you were American" Don't know what brought that on, but it made us smile.

Sorry you had a bad experience with them....

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

Some of them can have a very short fuse with tourists. I had a few experiences like that, but that was the exception rather than the rule, and most were very friendly and anxious to help.

I remember walking up to an information desk in a railway station in some out of the way town in the North of Italy, and the guy behind the desk just put his hand up to my face before I even spoke. I didnt know whether to laugh or hit him!

6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Quoting samsara2

Some of them can have a very short fuse with tourists. I had a few experiences like that, but that was the exception rather than the rule, and most were very friendly and anxious to help.

I remember walking up to an information desk in a railway station in some out of the way town in the North of Italy, and the guy behind the desk just put his hand up to my face before I even spoke. I didnt know whether to laugh or hit him!

You should have hit him, then laughed