Even the dogs behave and greet each other politely. Here are a few dogs (Sienese dogs, but I have seen this happen in Rome, also) meeting each other, politely. Because they are so polite, it stuck out when I saw that dachshund being impolite!
I attribute some of this to a heightened awareness fo being part of a community. I came across this article (http://reallyrome.com/blog/2007/12/19/dont-name-your-kid-friday-in-italy/) when reading some travel blogs about
The government claimed the child would be ridiculed and would fail to develop appropriate interpersonal skills as a result. Communal harmony rates above individual liberty, in this case. Even amongst my American friends, do any of you think this is wrong? I am in favor of a little regulation in the interest of long-term harmony, I think. Where do we draw that line?