Italy is one of the most favorite destinations among luxury tourists. The country is part of Europe with a long Mediterranean coastline.
It is also one of the countries that have influenced Western cuisine and culture. It has many amazing landmarks, ancient ruins, and the world’s best architectures, fashion, art, and cuisine, making luxury Italy tours lavish.
Italy is a complex nation with a unique set of etiquette and customs different from what you read or seen in movies and novels. With that in mind, below are the things you need to know before visiting Italy.
Check every art
Visiting Italy often gets the tourists to get distracted by the restaurants, shopping centers, and ancient ruins. However, it would be their biggest regret if they skip the arts from Renaissance up to the present day.
The Vatican alone has over a hundred art galleries and The Sistine Chapel ceiling painted by Michelangelo. Venice has the Peggy Guggenheim with tons of collections from Picasso’s and Magritte’s modern works. And, who wants to miss the Birth of Venus by Botticelli in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence.
Dinner starts anytime
While Italians don’t eat dinner as late as the Spanish, the restaurants normally open a little later than American’s dinner time. As for those outside the tourist spots, many restaurants don’t serve food until six or seven. Restaurant managers often take business hours casually, opening and closing the restaurant whenever they feel like it.
Order food based on your location
First-time tourists in Italy think that Italian food, such as meatball spaghetti, risotto, pizza, etc., is the country’s general cuisine. However, the country has 20 regions, each with a specialty dish using local ingredients and techniques. Italy is a place where people care much about which pasta goes with what sauce.
Naples is the place for the most authentic pizza experience, the home of Margherita pie. Lombardy boasts risotto, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese in Bologna, cannoli in Sicily, Amalfi Coast is famous for its Limoncello, and Rome offers the best carbonara. Food culture in Italy is something that tourists should take seriously.
Dress properly in the Vatican
The Catholic Church’s politics that the visitors should pay respect if they want to visit the Vatican Gardens, Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel. The dress code doesn’t allow sleeveless or low-cut clothing, miniskirts, shorts, or hats. Typically, tourists must cover their knees and shoulders. Moreover, selfie sticks are not allowed as well.
Tips are not necessary
Restaurant servers in Italy are paid a fair salary. Moreover, most employees are the restaurant’s owner’s family, and tipping is something that they don’t expect. However, tourists may see some unusual charges such as “coperto” or “servizio” These are similar to service charges and should be listed somewhere visible like on the menu. These charges are around 10% to 20% of the bill.
Lots of public restrooms
Italy is a place where the tourists don’t have to pretend as a restaurant customer to relieve themselves as the city as a lot of them! For a euro, tourists can use a restroom with staffs, clean and with lots of toilet papers.
Have an extra day
Whether the tourists are on the luxury Italy tours to see the amazing landmarks and arts or savor the best-tasting food, they should get an extra day. They will surely find more gems in the country with their extra 24 hours.
These are some of the things that tourists need to know before visiting Italy. This country is truly surprising in so many ways, so it is worth a visit!