Paese che vai usanza che trovi

Paese che vai usanza che trovi in Italian

Paese che vai usanza che trovi
When in Rome, do as the Romans do

Literal translationCountry you go, custom you find
MeaningCustoms change from place to place
IPA pronunciation/paˈeːze ke ˈvai uˈzant͡sa ke ˈtrɔːvi/

Where does this come from? This proverb has no exact origin, but its use can be traced back for centuries. It was true in ancient times because traditions were much more diverse than they are today. Globalization over the years has “flattened” our customs so that many countries now share a number of traditions.

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For example, you can say…

Ogni Paese ha le proprie tradizioni che vanno rispettate. Paese che vai, usanza che trovi!
Every country has its own traditions that should be respected. When in Rome, do as the Romans do!


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