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Insider Advice & Travel Tips from Locals in Italy

Expect late and long dinners in Italy, especially in the south. Dinnertimes start between 7:30 and 11pm (19:30-23:00).

When eating out, remember that table service is more expensive than counter service or take-away orders. Restaurants have to display prices for service and menu offerings.

Always choose authorized taxis. It’s a good idea to ask for an estimate before you depart, and keep your eye on the meter. Also keep in mind you may have to pay a luggage charge if you have more than one bag.

Vendors are required to give you receipts if you ask for them. If you need it to be official, check for government markings, as its not uncommon for vendors to use pieces of paper to avoid paying taxes.

toilets are usually free for paying customers in restaurants and bars, though some may ask for a tip or other payment. Tickets
Only buy attraction and transport tickets from authorized vendors. Look online to find ticket discounts.

European citizens can get free entry to a variety of museums and other attractions.


Only order cappuccinos in the morning.

Italians appreciate openness and sincerity. Maintain eye contact when speaking to someone.

When eating pasta, twirl, Don't slurp.