BUSINESS IN ITALY
In the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Survey for 2015, Italy is ranked 56th of 189 economies. The country protects minority investors, resolving insolvency and trading across borders. In Italian business culture building close relationships is very important. You should consider to find a person who can establish the right introductions on your behalf.
Facts of Doing Business in Italy
Italian and English.
Hours of business
Business hours are usually between 8am and 17pm with a two-hour lunch break.
Stylish, formal, classic dress. La “bella figura” is a guiding philosophy for many Italians.
Handshake is used when being introduced and leaving. Use formal titles when addressing associates –signore (Mr) or signora (Mrs) plus surname. Close associates and friends may greet each other with a kiss on both cheeks.