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The Italian people are always happy to discuss the architecture of the area and of Italy in general. Art, local and national, also enjoy being among the most common subjects.
Since wine & food are such a huge part of day to day life, you may find this topic seems to be something you are always discussing. Sports, especially Soccer (called Football in most of the world), is a great area of conversation. Italians also really enjoy talking about these subjects in your home country too.