In th Italian culture, the number 17 is considered unlucky.  The Roman numeral XVII, is changed to VIXI, which in the Latin language is translated as “I have lived”, “My life is over”, “ I’m dead”

In Italy, it is not uncommon to notice that buildings do not have 17th floor, hotels do not have a room 17. The Italian airline carrier, Alitalia, does not have a seat 17. VIXI was found on ancient tombstones.

Other Curiosities

* When you are making a toast in Italy, it’s considered unlucky to do so with water. So do as the locals and make your toast with wine.

* Wherever you lay your hat when you are in Italy make sure it’s not on a bed. For Italians, putting a hat on a bed is unlucky- perhaps because it is associated with death.

* When Italians greet each other it’s affectionate involving lots of chat, kisses and shaking of hands.

If you have ever noticed a group of Italians shuffling around strangely during the process it’s because it is bad luck to cross arm when shaking someone’s hand, so make sure you do so directly without encroaching on anyone else’s attending to do so.

* Be careful when you sit down to a meal in Italy. If there are 13 people around the table, it’s unlucky. This refers to the fact the there were 13 people at the Last Supper, 12 apostles and Jesus and that it’s said that Judas Iscariot—- the one who betrayed Jesus— was the 13th man to take his place at the table.

* Singles also need to be careful when anyone starts cleaning the house. If someone brushes your feet by accident with a broom, you will not get married – so perhaps that’s a good excuse to put your feed up.


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