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12 Things to Never Do in Italy For a Peaceful Vacay

From not making fun of the Italian language to no over-tipping at restaurants, here is a handy guide that will help you when you step out of the Italy airport.

 

Italy, a European country boasting inspiring works of art, historic monuments, great pizzerias and a long coastal line, is indeed a dynamic travel destination. People from all over the world travel here to experience the unique lifestyle, rich history and amazing culture.

Behind the background are few never, ever things to do in Italy which could otherwise come in the way of the happy trip. So, save yourself from the big embarrassment by following the rules. Here are things NOT to do in Italy-

1. Do not say the following things to the Italians – 

Italy is many a time thought to be home to mafia and corruption. Even if you are sceptical about it and want to know in details, never ask, “Is your family in the mafia?”. This becomes a critical affair, especially when you are interacting with someone from Calabria, Campania and Sicily. Few other things that a visitor should avoid with the locals are, talking in a cartoonish Italian dialect, speaking against Berlusconi, questioning living with parents, preferring french wine, and getting bothered with random Italian gestures.

2. Do not assume you know the Italian food – 

If you are someone who believes in the concept of “Italian food”, here is the reality-check. You might suppose that Italian food is a spread of pasta, pizza with wine. However, it’s a lot more! Italy is a wide country and it’s every region is independent. They boast distinctive personalities and assets, making it also peculiar in cuisine. Thereby, when you travel from a city to others, you would find the local specialities, like Carbonara in Rome, Polenta in Trentino, and Lasagne al Forno in Bologna. So, follow the trail and get to know what are the current obsessions, trending food and seasonal ingredients to devour the freshest meals.

3. Do not rely on debit and credit card – 

Italy has made the cash, the king of transactions. If you are a traveller with a habit of carrying only the cards in the wallet and buying even the minimal rations like eggs and bread by swiping the debit card, you can face unwillingness from the shopkeepers or waiters. Except for the big hotels and train stations, all of Italy is cash-centric. Instead of requesting and pleasing the owner of the shop or bars, better to carry a little cash in your pocket or pouch and avoid hassles.

4. Do not be half-naked on the streets –

As already mentioned, every city might consider different rules for apparels. Like entering into Vatican City in a tube top or spaghetti could draw rolling eyes, while shorts above knees are restricted in other cities. But one thing to abide by everywhere is not wearing a small bikini or roaming shirtless on streets or markets or holy grounds. One can sunbathe and chill nearby the beaches and seashores in the bikini. However, it’s against the law and is unacceptable to be roaming in two pieces away from the beach, which can attract fines by authorities.

5. Do not expect a huge breakfast –

Breakfast is not a very important and lavish meal in Italy. In case, the hotel package offers you a free breakfast it would contain fewer than expected continental dishes. Items like meats, pastries, cheeses, and bread are common. And it’s not their fault because the locals here are not too into having a heavy meal early morning. Few would just sip a coffee or would grab a snack and are good to go.

6. Do not neglect empty restaurants –

Any traveller would be tempted by a crowded restaurant as it is the evidence of popularity amongst locals because of the taste and flavours. But, in Italy, the dinner starts late and it could be the reason that the restaurant isn’t quite occupied and that should not make you judge the place. Italians go out for dining around 8 pm and somewhere even at 9 Pm, while many restaurants are opened by 6.30 Pm. So, the next time you see a clear way restaurant that does not signify what quality of food and service it gives. A tip is to dine near major tourist spots.

7. Do not order a cappuccino after noon – 

Quirky, but true! The reason is Italians are concerned about digestion, a lot. And milk could obstruct the digestion process when consumed during the afternoon. So, mostly you will find the locals sipping in the cappuccino in the morning with a cookie or pastry. And would directly jump to a black coffee at night. Also, a cappuccino after heavy meals could bloat the stomach.

8. Do not over-tip at restaurants or bars –

Italy recommends small tipping. The waiters and bartenders are accepted to make decent money and thus, customers can skip excessive tipping. Furthermore, the bill includes charges and taxes which cover the service provided to the table and is chargeable irrespective of you have eaten the dish or not. The tipping has no accurate calculation which is why it is dependent on price, number of party makers and the kind of service.

9. Do not forget validating your train ticket –

The regional trains in Italy issue tickets that have no date or timing mentioned on them. This allows travellers to navigate from one place to another as per their convenience of time. But one thing that you must not forget in between this laid-back touring is to validate your tickets. After all, one won’t want to get burdened with a fine on a peaceful holiday.

10. Do not depend on Google Maps –

Google is love, and what’s other that is love, is the bustling hotspots of Italy. But somehow, these two do not get along. Google Maps help us find the route in the new city even in the darkness. In Italy, most streets are named similarly when they may be located in different regions. Thus, confusion is obvious. So, ditch that GPS and get a map.

11. Do not savour pizza with your hand – 

What’s your habit of eating a pizza? Just snatching a piece and grabbing a bite? This could take the angry stares of the Italians. Because a standard way of eating pizza in here is to use a knife and fork. Adhere to this table etiquette and you can have this famous delicacy without interruption.

12. Do not plan a big day on Sunday – 

While laying out the itinerary for Italy, skip having so much to do on Sundays. Because, on weekends, many Italian businesses are closed. Consequently, the only-opened museums grab maximum attention which can make you stand in time-taking queues and could delay the rest plan. So, don’t make the day hectic and be disappointed later.

Italy is fun, just be aware of what you say and do, and don’t be duped by freebies. Otherwise, everything feels fabulous on a trip to Italy.

Where To Eat and How To Find The Best Food in Rome

Rome is a striking amalgamation of food and history. To gratify your hunger and satisfy your taste buds, here we give you a rundown on the best eats in the city. 

Many people get the Italy tourist visa and flock to the country to devour the array of gastronomical delights, from pasta and meat dish to pastries at the best restaurants in Rome or Milan, and also savour wines at great bars.

The overpowering and attractive historic sights at Rome, and the longstanding culinary tradition, both concoct to create a fantastic destination. We have heard a lot about the ancient structures which are well-preserved and beautiful, and cherishing this while eating the most delicious Pizza in the world, keeps you over the top of the world.

The Roman cuisine is characterised by a unique set of ingredients, menu and process. The trattoria, street outlets and restaurants in Rome are filled with aromatic and appetising meals, little different than the other Italian cities.

What To Eat?

carbonara

Not just the pizzas and the gelato, but here are the top 10 lip-smacking dishes you can’t miss on-

  • Carbonara- For all the pasta lovers, this is one of the dishes with several rumours of its origin, where one says that it originated in World war II when American desired bacon and eggs and the chef toasted it with pasta along with hard cheese, guanciale, and black pepper.

Where to eat: The Carbonara

  • Suppli- Continuing the tradition of Roman cuisine that involves fewer ingredients but full of character, it is ball rice made of tomato sauce, piece of mozzarella, egg, and bread crumbs. It is the favourite Italian snack cooked to perfection.

Where to eat: Suppli

  • Maritozzo- The typical bun breakfast, cut open, that dates back to 1800s has got an oomph in Rome and is packed with whipped cream. Variations involve eggs, flours, honey, salt and more.

Where to eat: Il Maritozzaro

  • Cacio e Pepe- Pasta is the go-to food here and this is another variety of it. The ingredients are not at all fancy or rare, and the black pepper steals the show.

Where to eat: Felice A Testaccio

  • Pizza al Taglio- Everyone loves Pizza. And what makes this dish special here is you can order Pizza by slices. Yes, if you like a pizza that has toppings of marinara sauce and olives & mushrooms, or tomato sauce with parsley, or pumpkin cream with mozzarella, you can order only the required slices of all of these.

Where to eat: Pizzarium

  • BaccalàAnother mouth-watering roman cuisine on the list is this fish dish that has been dried after salting. it’s great as an appetizer or as a main course.

Where to eat: Dar Filettaro

  • Carciofi- It looks like a bronze fried flower. This is an artichoke that is filled with bread crumbs, garlic, mint, and parsley and sautéd in olive oil and water.

Where to eat: Nonna Betta

  • Tripe- Traditionally served only on Saturdays, today you have the opportunity to relish it everyday because of the huge demand. Made out of thin precooked tripe, and fried with onion, carrot and celery, and seasoned with salt and pepper, it has a pleasant flavour.

Where to eat: Trattoria Da Cesare al Casaletto

  • Allesso di Bollito- Mastering the slow cooking, this is one of the incredible beef dishes. The simmered meat is placed on the bread and dipped in the savoury juices making it a wholesome dish.

Where to eat: Mordi & Vai

  • Saltimbocca- So flavoursome, that it ‘jumps in your mouth’, literally. Made of veal, it is wrapped in prosciutto and sage, which are pressed onto the chicken breast, and later marinated in wine or saltwater.

Where to eat: Cantina & Cucina

How To Find A Good Roman Restaurant?

Since now you have collected information on what to eat, another question that pops up is which are the best restaurants. Italy is not credited for bad food at all. But if you seriously ask us, it is common to stumble upon petty food experiences. Here is a set of advice that would let you sit in the top-notch restaurants and experience the quality of service that you would admire-

  • Ask locals

Hectic it may sound, but the results are genuine. Their recommendations will be on the basis of the regular eating in the city and knowing which restaurant can serve the expectations- whether you want nothing fancy, just simple, authentic dish, or upscale restaurant with a beautiful view. A tip that works- look around to see what locals eat and what people have ordered; this would help you get some delicious dish on the table.

  • Skip restaurants that are continuously opened

Italians have a routine of eating in a timetable. Generally, the lunch is served from 12:30 until 3 p.m., with a final seating around 2:15 p.m. And dinner from 7:30 to 11 p.m., where the last guests are expected at around 10:15 p.m. So, an eatery or restaurant opened outside these hours meant to serve only the tourists.

  • Avoid restaurants at hotspots

It is quite tempting to sit at a restaurant nearby when you have come out of any attraction or tiring sightseeing. In Rome, do not order near the main tourist sights, such as Piazza Navona and  Pantheon, because here the hustle is more than the grade of service- food could be warm but not fresh, and the reception is expensive and unsatisfactory. Ideally, walk for a few minutes and you can explore better options.

  • Pitch in a food tasting tour

This idea works everywhere. There are several Italian food tours which let you gorge on the ace dishes in the different parts of the city for hours. From fascinating stories and interacting with locals to eating in off-beaten-path, the tour is a boon for foodies. Savour fancy to local specialities and sip some classic wines. Choose from the Roman Foodie, Fresh Market Lunch Our, and Trastevere Evening Tour.

  • Don’t be lured by the staffs on the streets

You may find a staff or a duty man with an English menu on the streets, lined by restaurants, telling you how their food store is outstanding and will also give you attractive offers like a welcome drink on the house. Just say no, because a reputed restaurant won’t require to pay staff for this, rather would be stuffed with reservations.

  • Grab the menu with seasonal ingredients

One of the highlights of the Italian cuisine that binds the varieties from all cities together is fresh and seasonal ingredients. So, when you see a menu, do check out if they are made of the particular season’s vegetable and fruits. Like pasta with Asparagus in November is an alert because this is an ‘April-May’ ingredient.

Tip- Select menu fisso for lunch.

  • Go gelato

Keep yourself cool by trying some artisanal ice creams and this could be best found in places with a sign of ‘gelato artigianale’ or ‘gelateria artigianale’. They hold a platter of sweet, eye-catching ice creams in flavours you would have never tried, like coffee, pomegranate, rice and lot more.

Where To Eat Cheap And Tasty?

Roman restaurants are popular because you can take your bae for romantic exquisite dining and also hang out with friends at a subtle and good cheap eatery. Few inexpensive options include:

  • Panella
  • Suppli
  • Giselda
  • Pianostrada
  • Piccolo Arancio

What Are The Restaurants In The Hit-List?

The top trattoria and restaurants that you must dine at-

  • Roscioli
  • Pizzarium
  • Felice e Testaccio
  • Bistro 64
  • Epiro
  • Altrove
  • Trattoria Pennestri
  • 100% Bio and Pionastrada are the vegetarians’ loved restaurants.

With a new wave of chefs in town, the local cuisine remains the roots but the dining scene has become more delectable and healthier. Get your forks ready!

Piazza del Duomo

One Day in Milan: Best Things to do in Milan in One Day

If you ask if a day in Milan is enough, the answer would be no. This Italian city has lot to offer and seeing and enjoying everything in a day is not possible. There are museums to explore, cathedrals to visit, unique malls to shop at and an array of restaurants to try in this city, which is also known as the fashion capital. However, this does not mean that you cannot see anything. In fact, if you have a dedicated a day to Milan during your Italian or European tour, here are some of the best things to do in Milan in one day.

Piazza del Duomo
Piazza del Duomo
If you only have time to see just one place in Milan, most people would suggest the Piazza del Duomo. One of the most striking buildings in the city, Piazza del Duomo is a gothic-style cathedral, which is believed to have taken centuries to complete. While the cathedral is impressive from the outside, it is even more beautiful from the inside. However, there is usually a huge queue of visitors to get inside almost every day, especially during the holiday season. As this would not suit your one day trip to Milan, either skip visiting the interior or opt for skip-the-line tickets. Whichever you choose, do not miss the chance to visit the Duomo Terraces. The terraces give you the incredible view of the 135 towers and spires that make for the roof of the cathedral. The view is surreal and amazing, and something that would remind you of your Milan visit for years to come.
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DOs and DON’Ts in Italy – Italy Travel Guide

Though we probably like to think that we do, but mostly we aren’t aware of the country’s background, rules and regulations. Here is the ultimate guide to making your walk to Italy a piece of cake.

Italy is home to art culture, ancient architecture, decent lifestyle, roman catholicism and impressive cuisine. The country is absolutely mesmerising with the Mediterranean Sea in the south and the Alps to the north. And to get the most of Italy, it is necessary that you should know what to do and what not. Like all other countries, this too has its set of customs which we need to follow. For example, Brazil takes the gesture of thumbs up as offensive or Greece is not affirmative about waving at people, Italy too, has got its list.

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13 Interesting Facts About the Roman Colosseum

Ever been to Rome? The Roman Colosseum is one cool asset of the place. Discover the eye-opening Colosseum facts and information regarding its history, building and other facets.

In ruins, still magnificent- the Roman Colosseum is a massive stone amphitheatre. It is a great pride for Italy’s capital and draws overflowing tourists. And why not, this iconic architecture is among the incredible 7 wonders of the world, voted by around 90 million people-phew! Also, UNESCO has labelled it in the World Heritage monuments.

Well, these are the facts that have met the eyes, but what about the other details- how it was built, what was the purpose, why it has holes in it? All the questions will drift to the answer of why it’s a masterpiece.

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