Gestures have been always very important in communication. They preceded the spoken language and human beings used gestures to communicate with their fellows.
I think that gestures are the oldest way of communication. OK, what about gestures today? Are they still used? Short answer: yes. Long answer: yes, but it depends on the country and culture.
As Italian, I like to show you how we Italians use gestures to communicate with other people. Following there are three images with the most popular Italian gestures.
What do you prefer?
Which one is ambiguous (that has another meaning in you culture)?
What’s the funniest?
What’s an offence (for you)?
So, now you are aware about Italian gestures and before to plan your trip to Italy, be sure to study Italian gestures! :)