Read a lot of blogs on WHAT TO DO IN ITALY? Here, I have written something out of the ordinary for you guys “What not to do in Italy’’
The ten day long trip to Italy has taught us life lessons. Many lessons were learned the hard way; whereas, some were borrowed from the experience shared by the locals. So here’s the list of top 10 things which are a big NO NO !! in Italy:
- English ? che cosa?: Unlike many other European countries, Italy has a sparse number of people who speak English. Except for our hotel receptionist, we didn’t come across many Italians who spoke/understood English (reminds me of the movie Lost In Translation). If you are thinking about going further into the small Italian towns, watch out for the communication barriers. Even, the name of the cities are given in Italian and they are quite different from what they are in English. Some of the examples are;
- Venice- Venezia
2. Not to go to the churches in short clothes: If you are planning to visit a church in Italy make sure your shoulders and legs are covered otherwise you might not be allowed to enter the premises. There is always a fair warning board at the entrance of the church which forbids, off-shoulder dresses or shorts.
3. Not to be carefree with your belongings: Always keep an eye out for pickpockets. I learned this lesson a hard way. The price I had to pay was my ‘Prada sunglasses’. As far as my memory goes …. well they were on my head!!!! So better watch out your belongings, mostly when you take a public transport or as we were told especially in Vatican City.
4. Not to rent a car: As a substitute to rent a car, it is advisable to use trains or cheap flights (such as Ryan air) if you wish to do city hopping in Italy. However, if you do plan on renting a car, make sure that the company you rent your car from, does include the toll tax otherwise you’ll end up paying a lot of cash just like us. I recommend that you go with the international companies (such as Sixt, Hertz etc.) rather than the local rental companies.
5. Just don’t park your car anywhere & everywhere: For parking your vehicle you’ll happen to see four different types of lanes, every lane has a different criteria for example; WHITE LINE (paid parking), PINK LINE (for pregnant females), YELLOW LINE (handicapped people), BLUE LINE (free parking). So you better be careful with that one, else a 100 Euro ticket will be on your way.
6. Not to give tips: In Italy, you can either sit in a restaurant and eat or take away. If you prefer sitting over, the service charges will be added to your bill, which can range from 3-4 Euros. Even if you just order a cup of cappuccino, you’ll have to pay the extra service charge. So for the same food/beverage, you end up paying more if you use the restaurant services.
7.Not to miss early morning sight-seeing: If you believe in taking good pictures with fewer people in the background or if you don’t want to waste your time standing in a queue (mainly in summers) then make sure you visit all the main touristic places early in the morning. You’ll save a lot of time especially if you have limited time at one place. Following pictures will explain it.
8. Not to take credit cards everywhere: Keep some cash handy you travelers, because not every place accepts credit cards. Therefore it’s always better to keep some Euros in your pocket.
9. Restaurants are not open all the time: Shops close for lunch between 12:30 pm and 3 or 4 pm. Everything shuts down by 7:30 pm except for a few restaurants. So you might want to plan accordingly.
10.Not to talk to Pedlar’s: You’ll see a lot of street hawkers trying to talk to you in a friendly way and then will try to sell you stuff or forcefully put it in your bag or hand. Make sure you don’t take anything from them or even better if you don’t start a conversation. If they approach you just say NO THANX or NO GRAZIE.
Ok, I was going to write top 10 things but here’s one more, who doesn’t like little bonuses.
11. Not to miss the food: We all know about Italian food and we know how delicious it is. But Italy is more than Pasta and Pizzas. So when in Italy you must try Granite, Gelato, Buffalo Cheese, Mushroom Risotto, Minestrone, Tiramisu, Bruschetta, Pizza Margherita, Ravioli are just a few names that you can’t miss.
-Travel Nerd Story-