Italy is and always will be one of the most favorite and visited countries for travelers from all across the world due to its deeply rich history and beauty. If you are traveling to or planning a travel to Italy sometime, find below list of FAQ’s & Travel Tips for Italy.
- Not all places allow picture taking. Museums, especially, often retain sole rights to photograph their works. Flash photography is especially frowned upon as being disruptive.
- Italy may be very tourist-friendly and known for fashion, but it is generally considered rude to walk around town in bikinis, beach attire, short shorts, and skimpy outfits.
- Returning or exchanging an item, even if it is flawed is uncommon in Italian stores.
- When shopping for clothes, take note that many stores will not allow one to try on shirts and blouses.
- Italy has only started becoming handicap-accessible. Wheelchair access to restaurant bathrooms is almost nonexistent, ramps are rare, elevators in old buildings are uncommon, and buses in general are not wheelchair-compatible.
Health and Safety in Italy
- It is best to travel with your own medication. While Aspirin is common, Tylenol and Advil are not. Anyway not to worry: ask for example for an Ibuprofen (Advil active ingredient) pain reliever. (
- If you get traveler’s diarrhea, don’t necessarily blame it on unsanitary conditions. Olive oil and wine are heavily used in Italian cuisine, and as natural laxatives, can cause problems for those with sensitive stomachs. )
- If there is an emergency, dial 113. It is the Italian equivalent of America’s 911.
- If in distress, yell AIUTO (pronounced ay-you-toe), which is Italian for HELP!
Food & Eating Culture in Italy
- Italian tap water is sometimes heavily chlorinated, so it’s best to drink bottled water. Also mineral water is available in all flavors : gassata (bubbly) naturale ( non-bubbly) and semi-gassata like Ferrarelle -somewhere in the between
- Spaghetti, virtually the national food of Italy, should be eaten with a fork rolled against the dish. Use a spoon if you must, but cutting your food up into little pieces is considered tacky.
- Cappuccino and ‘cornetto’ is the standard Breackfast in Italy – forget sausages etc .
- Don’t wait for the check, you must ask for it.
- Tipping is usually done with cash, and is usually ‘servizio’ is included but a small tip is always appreciated.
- If you want a quick bite, stop at a pizzeria.
- Breakfast is usually served from 7-10:30am, lunch from 12:30-2:30pm, and dinner from 7:30-10pm. Peak lunch and dinner hours are 1 and 9pm.
- There are few restrictions on alcohol. It can be purchased at any time on any day. There is no minimum drinking age.
Moving around Italy
- Rent a car for travel in the countryside, but walk or take a taxi while cities.. You must be 21 to rent an economy or subcompact car, and most rental companies make those under 23 pay by credit card. If you want a bigger car, you might have to show two credit cards.
- The expressways are free, but the highways are toll. Upon entering a toll highway, you are issued a ticket, which you return while paying upon exiting the highway.
- Take note that Uscita means EXIT in Italian.
- Driving is on the right. Right turns on red lights are forbidden. Headlights are mandatory when driving on all roads outside city limits. Seatbelts and children’s car seats are compulsory. Using a cell phone while driving is also illegal.
- Italians like to drive fast and honk their horns a lot. Tailgating is the norm.
Living on Italian Time
- Banks are open weekdays 8:30am to 1:30pm and sometimes for an hour in the afternoon.
- Most churches are open from early morning until noon, when they close for three to four hours, before reopening again, and close at 6pm. A few major churches, such as St. Peter’s in Rome, are open all day.
- Many museums are closed one day a week, often on Monday.
- Pharmacies are generally open weekdays from 8:30am to 1pm and from 4-8pm, and Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm.
- August is the worst month to travel, because most of the nation is on vacation and everything comes to an almost standstill.
Read the Original In-depth article at source: LifeinItaly