Check out the rules
Each region of Italy or even in a particular city has its own laws, which are better not to violate, but for this you should familiarize yourself with them in advance, for example, on the Internet. So, for example, in Venice it is forbidden to feed pigeons. Well, yes, there are more of them than necessary, maybe at least so their population will decline. In Rome, it is not customary to eat outside, even if you bought food in a fast food cafe. Therefore, absorb all burgers, sausages and shawarma on the spot, and do not pace around them with the city. The same applies to Venice – you will not be able to sit on the promenade near San Marco and have a light picnic – the guard will immediately appear. Absolutely everywhere in Italy it is not customary to drink coffee on the go. You may find Starbucks, but don’t wander around town with a paper cup – not comme il faut.
Other nizzya. On the beaches of Sardinia and Sicily, it is forbidden to collect and take away shells and sand. You also can not give another person a massage – this is a ban of the Ministry of Health, for a minute. Absolutely in all coastal cities it is forbidden to walk in swimsuits. And of course, to visit the temples you need to choose the appropriate clothes – a covered head and shoulders for women and long trousers for men. Italians are cheerful people, but only in Milan all residents are simply obliged to smile broadly – this is the law of the city.
In the restaurant
In Italy, the cult of food reigns, and therefore Italians themselves relate to the process of absorption of food with sacred awe and know exactly when, how and in what order it should be taken.
Morning day Evening. Coffee with milk – cappuccino or latte coffee – is customary to drink at breakfast and never in the evening, and especially after the main meal. The most plentiful feast happens in the evening, and not at lunch, as we have. They start with appetizers – small christening sandwiches, cold cuts, olives, then pasta (an analogue of our soup) follows, then the main course, dessert and coffee with a digestif. In that order.
Rules of etiquette. Do not start eating until everyone at the table has dishes. Do not try to put your mobile phone next to the plate, and even more so hang on the phone – this is the height of indecency. Learn to wind pasta on a fork with a spoon and eat it soundlessly, as the Italians themselves do. By the way, in Southeast Asia, China or Japan, you need to draw in noodles with a characteristic sound – only in this way will you prove to the cook or hostess that you like the food. But the Italian custom I personally prefer.
Do not bother with tips. As a rule, the service charge is already included in the check, and you do not need to calculate the notorious ten percent to the waiter. Everywhere there is one rule: if you sat down at the bar, they will not charge you for the service. If you sit in the hall, the price will already be different, but if it’s outside, then it will be the highest. The rule is – the farther from the bar, the more expensive.
Do as Italians. Perhaps you have your own ideas about what is tasty and how to do it right, but still, in a foreign country, you should adhere to local customs. And therefore, do not add mayonnaise and ketchup to the paste, even if these bottles are on the table – according to Italians, only savages do this. Do not order dessert and coffee (it’s almost impossible to find good tea in Italy) at the same time. And even more so, do not drink every spoon of coffee cake.
Perhaps we scared you a little with numerous “impossible” ones, but, believe me, everything is not so scary. As our classic said, the strictness of the law is compensated by the non-bindingness of its implementation. This applies to Italians to the same, if not more so, than to Russians. Enjoy Italy, it is worth it to fall in love with her, despite all the prohibitions!