Many dialects are mutually unintelligible and thus considered by linguists as separate languages, but are not officially recognised.
Friulian, one of these dialects, is spoken by 600,000 people in the north east of Italy, which is 1% of the entire population.
Remember this is only a very basic level introduction and is not meant to stereotype all Italian people you may meet!
For those wanting more in-depth help we also run Italy Cultural Awareness Courses.
This is useful for anyone researching Italian culture, customs, manners, etiquette, values and wanting to understand the people better.