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When Italians Chat, Hands and Fingers Do the Talking

Gianni Cipriano for The New York Times

The politician Nicola Cosentino at a news conference in January.

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By RACHEL DONADIO
Published: June 30, 2013
 
ROME — In the great open-air theater that is Rome, the characters talk with their hands as much as their mouths. While talking animatedly on their cellphones or smoking cigarettes or even while downshifting their tiny cars through rush-hour traffic, they gesticulate with enviably elegant coordination.
 
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Gianni Cipriano for The New York Times

Nichi Vendola, a politician, punctuated an answer with a hand gesture.

From the classic fingers pinched against the thumb that can mean “Whaddya want from me?” or…

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