When I was in Italy I noticed that Italians can be quite loud when engaged in conversation. Not that I didn't know that already, but I noticed something pretty fantastic that was not around the last time I was there: cell phones. You know how when people are on a cell phone they tend to talk about ten time louder than they normally would? Well you would imagine that people in Italy would be obnoxiously loud but I will tell you that Italians are respectfully quiet while talking on their cell phones. Loved it!