Victoria’s Travel TipZ Italian Style: MORE Simple Ways to Enjoy Italian Ways on Your Next Trip to Italy
By Victoria De Maio
Copyright © 2018 Victoria De Maio. All rights reserved.
We travel for many reasons - to experience, enjoy, and learn about other cultures and ways of life. Doubtless, Italy is at the top of many lists. Dreamy photos and Hollywood’s romantic images perpetuate the stereotypes. For those and many other reasons, I feel that it’s important to prepare you for the real and authentic Italy. And, the real and authentic Italy will never disappoint!
This is the first in a four-part series of Italy Travel TipZ excerpted from my book…
Eating: Food Rules
Sure, everyone loves Italian food but, did you know that much of the food that you think is Italian, you won’t find in Italy? Three examples are: fettuccine Alfredo, “Italian” salad dressing and veal/chicken parmigiana.
Other “food rules”:
A bar is not a “bar”! It’s where you get a caffè or quick snack.
Do as the Italians do - get used to standing…
Yes, the menus may only be in Italian!
Don’t dip your bread in olive oil.
Never sprinkle cheese on seafood!
Be adventurous and try local regional specialties.
Meal times may be your former bed time!
If you order a latte, you will get milk!
Un caffè is an espresso.
The Slow Food movement started here so be patient.
Sleeping and Creature Comforts
Choosing and deciding where you stay and those other “creature comforts” can definitely make your travels memorable… but we want them to be pleasant memories!
Especially in the cities, rooms may be smaller than you’re used to…
If you need an elevator, be sure to ask to be sure they have one.
You will be required to show your passport at check-in
When you book, be sure you check if the rates are quoted in euros or USD.
All lodgings charge a per diem city tax which will often have to be paid in cash.
The lobby is not the first floor…
Carry change for small purchases and pay toilets.
ALWAYS carry tissues/wipes, etc.