The whole truth about 25 Italian “no”
Italy is a beautiful country, and we sincerely envy those who are planning to visit the Apennine Peninsula this summer. An unforgettable vacation awaits you, unless … you do not spoil it yourself. There are a number of rules that are better to strictly observe in Italy. What kind? Now we will tell.
On the beach
If you decide to spend your vacation at sea, then remember that in Italy there are laws, sometimes strict, and sometimes curious, that you must follow.
Be chaste. The vast majority of beaches in Italy are municipal, and it is strictly forbidden to appear naked in them, and for women to swim and sunbathe topless. Ladies can unfasten the top of the swimsuit only when lying on their stomach. Change clothes should be in special booths. Surprised?Then check out the law in force in the city of Tropea – there it is forbidden to undress on the beach to fat, old and ugly women. Italians, you have not heard – is discrimination prohibited?
Do not be greedy. If early in the morning you decide to take a dip in the cool water and at the same time “stake out” the sun loungers, throwing your towels on them, and returning to the beach after lunch – do not do this. In Italy, it is forbidden to take seats and not to use them. Fine, attention! – 1000 euros! It is forbidden to hang wet swimming trunks and swimwear on sunbeds and umbrellas. Well, what is it that bothered them?
Do not pollute the environment. The beach is a public place, and recently it is forbidden to smoke here. Fine – 200-250 euros. Do not hope that you can do this with electronic cigarettes or vapes. It’s also impossible. As, however, and drink alcohol.
Look for romance elsewhere. If you consider night bathing and time spent on the beach under bright southern stars, a romantic adventure, then, alas, law enforcement officers can convince you otherwise. All beaches close from midnight to five in the morning, and it is forbidden to be on them.
Italy is a country of famous brands and haute couture, and therefore it is absolutely impossible to return home from here without shopping. Try on, buy, enjoy good shopping, just remember some of the nuances.
The price is final. In Italy, it is not customary to bargain. Absolutely. Even if you are in a market or a small shop, not to mention a supermarket, shopping center or outlet. The price is final and is not subject to discussion. By the way, in the market or in the supermarket never touch your hands with fruits and vegetables – this must be done with special gloves.
Request a check after purchase and be sure to keep it. You will be surprised, but the policeman has the right to stop you at a distance of 300 m from the outlet, inspect your bag and demand a purchase receipt. If he is not there, you will have to pay a fine.
Carry cash. You can pay for purchases with a card, but be prepared for the fact that if your purchase costs less than 10 euros, then you will be asked to pay for it in cash. This is due to the fact that banks charge a high percentage for acquiring, and small purchases are extremely unprofitable for the seller. But expensive things (over 12,000 euros), on the contrary, should be paid only by card or by check through a bank.
Do not fall into accomplices. Perhaps nothing in the world is faked so often as the products of well-known Italian brands. And the Italian police are fighting this as soon as they can. However, this does not stop cunning merchants from constantly offering tourists fake Prada, Ferret and other Gucci. Do not be fooled by the cheapness and assurance that “you cannot distinguish from the present.” Otherwise, trouble may occur. In Italy, not only those who sell counterfeit goods are fined, but also those who buy them. And the fine is 10,000 euros. Mom Mia!
On excursions and trips
Of course, you will travel a lot around the country and explore the sights. And here, too, there are safety rules that should not be neglected.
Carry ID with you. Of course, if you are not going to violate anything, it is unlikely that the carabiner will just come to you in such a way to check the documents. But circumstances are different. If you think that the most reliable place for your passport is a safe in your hotel room, at least make a photocopy or photograph the first page of your passport and visa on your phone. Guides argue that this is enough for the police.
Keep track of your things. There are blessed countries where you can forget your wallet in a prominent place, return in two hours and find it there. Alas, Italy is not one of those. There are enough thieves here, so be careful. The worst option for walking is a shoulder bag. It can easily be ripped off by motorcycle hooligans. A backpack in this sense is a more reliable thing, but not in the crowd and behind. In the subway and with any crowding, outweigh it forward.