One of the unique characteristics of Italians I have is noticed is in how they have an aversion to asking for money. This relates to money you may owe one of them for services rendered.
We have found with our landlords that they will not ask for the rent or even come looking for it around the beginning of the month. We have always had a cash pay basis for our rent as checks are not common here, and we have to go off in search of our landlords to give them what is duly theirs. Our current landlord takes this to an extreme.
The first few months I would call him on the 1st and try to arrange to meet him and give him the cash but his response would be “domani”. Being the responsible person I was raised to be I would call several days in a row and get the same response. I have since learned to call once and then just wait for him to decide he wants the funds. This usually means he collects the accumulated rent every two months.
I have had other people who have done work for me and they won’t ask for money, give you a bill or stick out their hand like I would expect in the
The other part of paying people that I have noticed is they don’t count the money. You may be paying them several hundred euros but they just take it and stick it in their pocket or leave it lying on the table where I have placed it in their view. I assume they count it as soon as I am out of their presence, but who knows. As a courtesy I have adopted this technique and I find that all the money is always there.