Traveling in Italy Posted by Bridgette on Feb 28, 2020 in Culture
Consigli culturali per viaggiare in Italia, Cultural tips for traveling in Italy
Se pensate adesso di fare un viaggio in Italia, purtroppo ci pensate due volte su a causa del Coronavirus. Ma pensiamo al futuro, e ad una bella vacanza nel Bel Paese.
If you are thinking about a trip to Italy now, unfortunately you might think twice because of the Coronavirus. But let’s think about the future, and to a beautiful vacation in the Bel Paese.
Qualche consigli culturali per fare una gita in Italia:
- Even though the summer months become extremely hot, make sure you have a sweater or something long to cover up your shoulders and knees when entering holy places. You will be stopped from entering a church in a tank-top and shorts.
- Stores and other businesses will close for lunch from around 12:30 – 3 pm, and a lot of stores will be closed on Sundays.
- You may get strange looks if you order a cappuccino in the afternoon, Italians consider it too milky and thus a meal itself and won’t order one past 11 am. But honestly – I do it anyway, much to the chagrin of my Italian friends. Mi piacciono tanto i cappuccini!
- Iced coffee is not a thing, in fact, they don’t ever use ice. If it’s hot out and you drink something ice-cold, they think it’s bad for your health.
- You won’t see any Italians walking around carrying a “to-go” coffee, or even eating anything “to-go” on the street. Slow down – sit and enjoy your cornetto and latte macchiato in the morning. Very opposite to my common morning routine of eating while driving to work.
- Italians are very appreciative when you try to speak their language. They usually become very excited and impressed. So, try!
- You will not see Italians in “athleisure” types of clothing on the street. Leggings, tank-tops, sports bras, gym shorts – that kind of clothing is strictly for when you are working out. In fact, expect to stick out like a sore-thumb in the sea of perfectly dressed Italians. Leave your graphic tees at home, buy a button-down. Italians always want to fare la bella figura, or impress.
- Speaking of other no-nos when it comes to clothes – if you want to fit in, do not wear flip flops.
- At the beach? You’ll see men in speedos and women are often topless. Warn your kids!
- Always greet the shopkeeper when entering shops- and if you’re in small towns, greet the people you see on the street as well with an exuberant “buongiorno!” They will appreciate it tremendously. I’ve been invited to many peoples homes for coffee and lunch just by being polite on the street!
Tocca a voi! There are so many other little cultural differences between the US and Italy – what else have you noticed?