Planning a Trip to Italy: 20 Common Questions
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When in Rome do as the Romans do..
Tips for visitors to Italy who do not like to stand out…
1. Drink your morning coffee, standing at the nearest "Bar"
Italians do not drink their coffee leisurely in long meetings.
Coffee in Italy is not a supplement, it is an existential need.
You get to the bar, sip it up and move on.
Most of them do not drink their coffee at home, but at the bar nearby.
They drink it several times a day, as part of their daily routine.
(and yes, the tables are usually full of foreign tourists...)
BTW, the coffee is served lukewarm, not hot as usual,
as it is necessary for the Italians to drink and move on without waiting.
So, If you like your coffee HOT, ask for it explicitly (in Italian: Bollente!).
2. What to drink & when?
Your first morning drink will be cappuccino. But this will be your last one for today.
You can have it with a croissant (Cornetto) or a triangular sandwich (tramezzino).
However, in the afternoon or evening, the Italians do not drink coffee with a lot of milk
(which makes total sense) because it is too heavy, so they order an espresso or a macchiato.
For Espresso just ask for "coffee."
3. During lunch and dinner order Mineral water and wine only,
as ordering a can of Coke at lunch or dinner is almost an insult to the restaurant.
I cannot guarantee you will not see young Italians ordering coke, but they can get by with it.
You can order sparkling water, called frizzante or water without gas (called Naturale).
Beside water orders, the house wine (vino della casa), is a simple and tasty wine in most cases.
4. Plan ahead... if you plan on visiting Italy, book your stay in advance. the best area's will be near the historical centers of each town, or in an Agriturizmo outside the city. the best place to find and book a farm house or hotel would be the booking site: http://www.booking.com/country/it.html?aid=362187
on Sep 27, 11 at 09:15 AM
Hi flosaul and Reneesway, You might get a quicker response if you post your questions in the very active Italy forum of our site: http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/italy/
Im traveling to Italy in November and flying in to Rome, and out of Venice. All the return flights have a lay over in Paris, is it better to take a train to Paris and spend a few days instead of departing from Venice?
i am planning a trip to italy in june. i would like to go from venice to the dolomites to travel the grande strada and then to lake como and back to venice. how long would it take to go from venice, over the dolomite road and arrive at lake como? is it reasonable to do this in one day and stay in lake como overnight? thank you.