Words are for lower breeds; Italians prefer Hand gestures

Italy is a paradise for travelers where experience is blended with art and culture of Florence, history of Rome, vintage villages of Cinque terre, unique canals of Venice, Dolomites, beaches, Amalfi coast and super modern city of Milan. It is the sixth most visited country in the world.

At the same time, before planning your next trip to Italy, you should be aware of the funny or crazy facts about Italians to mingle better with the locals. And after being to Italy thrice and spending a total of 6 months there, I find one trademark thing about Italians - i.e. Hand Gestures. You must have observed Italian players doing stuff with their hands  in soccer matches

Rest of the world communicate with words but for Italians "Words create noise" - Sound pollution. They use better medium -  talk with their hands and perfectly understand each other. So, if you want to feel local, better bring your hands more at work and you will see an instant smile on locals' faces.

Here is the ultimate guide to Italian hand gestures. After reading this article, you will finally understand what’s going on when two Italians are around. Let's crack their secret codes

Finger Purse

What the hell are you talking about?

When one of your friends is talking something silly or making no sense or trying to portray himself as knowledgeable with heavy words, you just need to bunch your fingers together, with tips touching and pointing upward. Hold your arm about a foot from your body and move your hand up and down.

This is my favorite and straight to the point. Don't forget to use proper face.

I don't give a damn

I Don't give a damn

This is a very strong gesture to day "I dont f.... care"
In Italian it would sound like "Non me ne frega niente"


Typically at the restaurant after a very good meal, “Delicious!” Parents use this gesture to encourage children to eat.  Italian men do the very same thing on the street when a tasty-looking girl walks by.


Go to hell

Go Fuck yourself

This is the famous Umbrella gesture (Il gesto dell'ombrello.)
In Italian, "Fottiti"

Sesso (Sex)

When you find to ask some random women for sex. Let's fuck. However, its not a romantic way men use to invite a woman to have sex




This is the gesture used to say someone is Gay. Little offensive

Pay attention

“Stai attenti” (“Watch out! Pay attention!”)

This gesture is used at street markets when a fast-talking salesman tries to pass off counterfeit goods as the real thing.

Basta (Enough)

Ok!!! Stop it

I am done with it. Its enough. Can't hear anymore about it

See you later - A dopo

Circle in the air 

With your hand at your side, extend one index finger and trace a small circle in the air. Translation: “A dopo.” “See you later! We’ll catch up another time.”)

Signs against Bad Luck


Even with his absurd ideas you still care about your friend, so before he leaves for his next adventure you want to perform this sign  - It means "I hope nothing bad happens to you, I will exorcise the bad luck for you”!

So, these were some of the gesture or hand language which Italians prefer to use over words.Next time you go to Italy, make sure to have a look at the blog again or see the below video -

Video credits: Marco in a box

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Ruchi Jaiswal

Intresting. Was unaware of these sign languages. Thanks.


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