Italy is one of the favorite destinations of many travelers around the world. Think about colorful buildings, cobblestone paths, and baroque architecture. Italy has everything to offer. So if you are planning to visit this country, make sure you know the following things.
HIT THE BIG THREE
If you are short on time, you can still enjoy Italy by visiting the big three: Rome, Florence, and Venice. You can drop by the 2000-year old Pantheon in Rome, enjoy cherry-picking or wine-tasting in Florence, and cross the Grand Canal in Venice.
BEWARE OF EXPENSIVE “TOURISTY” RESTAURANTS
When we see pastas and pizzas, the first thing that comes to mind is that they are Italian food. However, when you go to Italy and look for Italian food, you will only end up in fancy, touristy restaurants that offer the usual pastas and pizzas at an expensive price. In truth, there is no such thing as Italian food. Italy is made up of different regions that offer specific specialties. If you want to try “real” Italian dishes, you need to find out the local specialty of each region.
BETTER BRING CASH INSTEAD OF CREDIT CARDS
Italy is a Cash King and almost payment processes in this country are in cash basis. From your morning coffee to your luncheon pizza, Italian stores prefer cash payment. So if you want to avoid the hassles of cash machines breaking out or POS getting invalid, as well as paying expensive VISA fees, you better bring cash and get rid of your cards for the time being.
ITALY HAS A UNIQUE TABLE ETIQUETTE
Normally, when you eat in Italian restaurants the waiter will leave after serving your meal. He won’t wait until you have additional orders or until you’re done eating – and this is not rude. In fact, after the waiter serves your food he will not come back until you are done. So if you want to add more orders, you need to call for their attention. After the end of the meal, you need to do the same for the bill. Again, don’t forget to bring cash as most restaurants don’t have POS for your credit or debit cards, especially for visiting tourists.
THE BEST WAY TO ENJOY ITALY IS TO RELAX
Don’t be too much in a hurry when you visit Italy. Otherwise, you won’t totally enjoy what it can offer. Take time to drink your coffee in the morning, sit in your hotel balcony, and observe the neighborhood. Listen to some music. In fact, don’t expect waiters to give you the bill right away after finishing your meal. Just relax and enjoy the ambiance. Italy, after all, is a great country.