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Old Jul 20th, 2013, 05:53 AM
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Tipping in Puglia & Amalfi Coast

It's been a while since we've been to Italy, and we'll be visiting the above areas for the first time. Going to guess that tipping in restaurants for these areas may vary a bit from the norm and would appreciate input. Also, is there still a coperto at most restaurants? Input on tipping for services needed too.
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Old Jul 20th, 2013, 06:02 AM
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In my experience most all of Italy tipping is universal. I leave the change from my bill but never more than 5 euros. When you tip more the Italians think you are boastful or just stupid. Most places do have a coperto which is used as a tip of sorts.
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Old Jul 20th, 2013, 07:39 AM
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Which services?
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Old Jul 20th, 2013, 12:55 PM
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Restaurants 5 euros or 5%, leave change for your coffee at coffee or gelato shops. Any place you stand and order either small change or nothing. Bell men, taxi drivers, etc small change or nothing.. Hope this helps.
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Old Jul 20th, 2013, 07:20 PM
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Just returned from another trip to Italy. Have to politely disagree a bit with the post above. While you tip less than you would in the U.S., I think 10% is about right at restaurants. Maybe more for really good service. And I would suggest tipping porters, taxi drivers, etc. at least a few Euros, more if you have lots of bags, etc.
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Old Jul 20th, 2013, 08:02 PM
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According to Lonely Planet 10% is right, BUT ONLY IF there is no cover charge.

"Tipping
You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges but you can leave a little extra if you feel service warrants it. If there is no service charge, the customer should consider leaving a 10% tip, but this is not obligatory. In bars, Italians often leave small change as a tip, maybe only €0.10. Tipping taxi drivers is not common practice, but you are expected to tip the porter at top-end hotels."
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Old Jul 23rd, 2013, 04:05 AM
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Sounds like tipping customs have not changed much since our last time there.-- thanks all.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2013, 06:01 AM
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Santa Susanna, the American Church in Rome agrees with Lonely Planet.

**Tip LESS than you do in the states. About 5% to 10% unless you're in a real fancy place and the service is extraordinary, but even then, don't overdo it.**
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