To celebrate Columbus Day - top ten similarities between the Italians and the Irish

Italians wave their flags on Fifth Ave, NYC on Columbus Day - certainly some similarities to March 17th!

Irish and Italians have many similarities.

And with Columbus Day here  we thought we’d tell you about the top ten similarities -- at least as we Irish see it.

1. Both love pizza.

2. Both love beer and wine - whether it’s Guinness or a fine Tuscany Chianti

3. Beautiful women - between the black-haired Galway girls and tan Italian women, Irish and Italian women are some of the prettiest

4. Large families - see 3

5. Both love sunny weather - In Italy the sun shines a lot, In Ireland -- you guessed it.

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6. Great Italian/Irish Mafia films - good thing these two countries never got into a fight. They’ve given us some iconic films including The Godfather, The Departed, and The Boondock Saints to name a few. 

7. Mixed marriages - it’s not uncommon for the Irish and Italians to marry and some celebrities boast both Irish and Italian blood, such as John Travolta and Robert De Niro.

8. Best ever movie about Italian Americans - "Moonlighting" (1987) starring Cher and Nick Cave, was made by John Patrick Shanley who hasIrish heritage.

9. Although both countries have Roman Catholic traditions, the Irish are the only ones who listen to Italian popes about sex and felt the wrath of the nuns!

10. Mixed marriages make great weddings, especially mixed marriages where the food (Italian) and drink (Irish) never stop.