Italy travel hints & tips

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Have an awesome time while on your trip but remember to respect the local culture in Italy.  Here are some Italy travel tips & advice to help you with any possible culture shock!

Language
Try to speak the language!  The Italians will be impressed that you’re giving it a go but will often reply to you in English, giving them a chance to practise what they’ve learned.

Siesta
Some Italians still take a break during the day from 2 – 4 pm.  It is somewhat of a past tradition but some of the shops still close and it’s best not to call on an Italian just in case they’re having a nap.

Restaurants
Find out the price of dishes before ordering in a restaurant - ingredients like fresh porcini mushrooms can be a major drain on the wallet.

Church etiquette
Make sure you dress appropriately when visiting a church in Italy – keep the shoulders, knees and midriff covered. One place you’re sure to get the once-over is St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, so don't even try to get in wearing shorts or a showing too much skin in the chest and stomach regions.  Another tip for museums as well as churches is to turn off your cell phone, don’t eat, and use your quiet inside voice.

Social Norms
Italians usually dress very formally, considering skimpy tops, flip flops and sandals for the beach or swimming pool only and not the street, or in restaurants or shops.  They’re also very careful not to wear jeans to a church or nice restaurant.  So if you want to fit in, find some room in your suitcase for those dressy clothes!

The famous Italian two-cheek kiss also has a couple of rules to be aware of – it is usually done between friends and families and is planted high on the cheek.  More of an air kiss (with the kissing noise) you should go for the right cheek first, then the left.  Guys, it’s perfectly acceptable for male friends and family to embrace each other as well.


*The small print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.