• We love our salads but don’t make the mistake of ordering an insalata verde and expecting anything more than a bowl of lettuce!
  • The dinner hour doesn’t even look like beginning until after 7pm – some later. Italians take eating very seriously and a quick bite is not in their vocabulary.
  • Remember that most restaurants in Italy charge a cover charge – you will see this on the menu usually as “Il coperto” at the bottom of the page, and while it is only usually a few Euros, make sure you are aware of it.
  • Remember to validate your train ticket before you get on a train, as they may fine you if you don’t.
  • Italians love style and fashion and if you don’t dress like a tourist (no bumbags, track shoes, etc) you will get better reception most places you visit like restaurants and hotels.
  • If you want a decent coffee in Italy DON’T order a Latte – this is just milk in Italian! Try a fabulous espresso or if it is before about 11 am, you can safely order a Cappuccino without being frowned upon.
  • The ZTL signs mean an area is a limited traffic zone, so is off limits to drivers who don’t have a permit. Be mindful of the many speed cameras as you drive around Italy, as there are a few!
  • Always carry a bit of cash, especially at mealtimes as many places still don’t take credit cards such as small family-run restaurants and shops.
  • Don’t rely solely on GPS for driving in Italy,  since it’s common to have several towns or villages in different regions with the same name!