Tourists from all over the world travel to Italy each year and many of them return again and again after falling in love with the passion and the beauty of the country.
However, according to Lisa Condie from the Huffington Post, there are few things that Italians want Americans to know before you arrive in the boot-shaped peninsula.
Travel to Italy: 11 things that foreigners need to know
1. Dinner: It’s between 7:30-9:00 p.m. Calling for a reservation and dressing up for dinner is very appreciated. Pressing your hungry face to restaurant’s window at 6:00 p.m. will not change the italian traditions.
2. Skin: Not shown so much in Italy. Cover up, unless, of course, you’re at the beach. Walking in short skirts, daisy dukes and halter tops in the city centre it’s not appreciated if a foreigner wants to travel to Italy.
3. Bread. It will not be served with oil or balsamic vinegar. It should not be eaten with pasta unless you want to “fare la scarpetta”.
4. Simplify your traveling schedule. Leave the crowds. Just a few block from the main attractions, there are a lot of things to discover.
5. Afternoon closings. Many shops, especially outside the city centre, will close down for the afternoon.
6. Taxis. It’s very difficult to hail a cab on a street in Italy. You must call for a taxi or go to a taxi station.
7. Italian. Learn a few words and common phrases to live an amazing experience in Italy.
8. The “Coperto”. This is not a way to take advantage of you because you’re a tourist. It’s the amount charged, per person, to sit down at a table in a restaurant.
9. Ask for the bill. “Il conto” will be not automatically delivered to your table after a meal in a restaurant. When you’re ready to leave just ask for the check to the waiter.
10. Slow down. You can’t see it all. 46 million foreigners travel to Italy each year. You don’t need to hurry up: slow down and appreciate what you can see.
11. Remember to smile. Italy is the country of the cheerfulness, you have to melt into the italian mood to live a full experience.