We all know that we don’t pat the back of a colleague in Korea to thank them for a “job well done”. Or eat with your left hand in India, or sip vodka in Russia. In many countries, these actions are harmless. But in others, they can give a wrong impression or cause offense.

In fact, whatever culture you’re from, it’s likely that you routinely do something that could cause offense somewhere else in the world. So here is:

A primer on how to avoid mistakes in

San Marino culture photo

Photo by Rob Marson

San Marino is a very proud country and it should be viewed in this respect. Be respectful when having photos taken with the guards, a smile will do, hand gestures/funny faces are not received well. It would be considered very offensive to call them “Italians” – not that they don’t like Italians, but they are just extremely proud of their independence.

With this, you had the primer on key facts about San Marino, and key facts on culture and customs. Another important part of the culture is the local food and the local drinks. Make sure you read our posts on San Marino food and drinks:

Local food you should try in San Marino and No miss drinks in San Marino.

Other tips that you’d like to share on mistakes to avoid in San Marino? Please comment below.