Making friends in Italy isn’t like in the United States. Italians tend to be suspicious of people they do not know, especially if they are a foreigner. They have their “clicks”, and tend not to move outside their social circle unless they have to. In the three years I’ve been here, I have one friend, not including my husband’s friends. My friend has told me the same, that it is difficult to make friends. Some people have the attitude of “I don’t know you, so you mean nothing to me.”
In many, if not all, aspects of life here, whether it be social, business etc., it is all about who you know. Especially if you need to get things done. Connections and how you look are very important. I remember the first time I had to visit the neurologist, I had to dress up.