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Le Superstizioni Italiane
(buona fortuna = good luck sfortuna = bad luck)
Italians are superstitious and they share some of the well-known beliefs such as:
a. Do not open an umbrella indoors.
b. To break a mirror will bring seven years of bad luck.
c. Do not walk under a ladder.
But there are some Italian superstitions........
1. In addition to the number 13, in Italy the number 17 is considered unlucky. If given the choice, Italians will avoid having a room number, ticket, etc. with the number 17 on it. This belief originates from Ancient Rome and the Latin word VIXI, meaning 'I lived'. In modern Italian - vissi.
In Roman numerals the number 17 is XVII and they are contained in the word VIXI. That is to say, these numerals are associated with the meaning ' I have already lived' and 'I am no longer living'.
In Italy, Friday 17th. (il venerdì 17) is the most feared date.