I was in Italy 3 years ago. Italians are loud and animated. In the Milan air port waiting for our flight, the first hour low rumble of conversations going on around us, second hour it gets progressively louder and so on. On the plane I kept thinking things would quiet down but its the same as the airport. During the long (I mean long flight) children run around the plane, adults do also, talking and laughing loudly, even though they do not know you they put their arm around you or touch your periodically through out a conversation. When they are angry they are very animated, they seam to live with all their emotions. My mother in law and I we talk about how we should have been Italian, when we freak out, start yelling and motioning with our hands, people wont be concerned or surprised they will just say “oh they are Italian”.