15 Unspoken Rules About Italy That All The Locals Know

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Italian locals: vote up the rules that all tourists should know before they visit.

For the love of pasta! And pizza... and coffee... and good red wine. When we think of Italy, the first thing that comes to mind is of course the food, but there is so much more to the country that is worth exploring. These Italy tourist tips from locals will help you decide what to do in Italy. Take notes and vote! Ciao!


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    Stay Close To The Duomo

    From Redditor u/CriesOfBirds:

    Venice is cool to see but in a few days there is more than enough. Florence I loved. Get accommodation within walking distance to the duomo. You don't want to be staying outside of that neighborhood. Book the guided tour that includes the walk of the Vasari corridor. Starts in the art gallery and ends in the Boboli Gardens. Book on the internet in advance or it will fill up. Consider adding Rome for a couple of days. There's some amazing history there.

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    Buy Your Tickets Online

    From Redditor u/Hard_Time_EXTREME:

    Buy your tickets for the Vatican Museum ahead of time online.

    You can then skip right past the entire line.

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    Timing Is Everything

    From Redditor u/fruggo:

    If you want to go to the Vatican Museum (you absolutely should) then go in the afternoon. Queues before midday are 1+ hours long. Queues in the afternoon don't exist. And if you go out the door at the back right of the Sistine Chapel you can get into St Paul's without queueing. Maybe follow a tour group out of there to make it easier.

    Don't bother with the Roma Pass, it's not worth it,  I think.

    The "tourist menu" is usually not awful, although generally catered to poorly-traveled Americans with regards to how "adventurous" the menu is.

    Italy, like much of Europe, stays up late. You'll be fine eating at 10pm or later, and having a relaxed drink (or not so relaxed) as late as you can bear.

    Lots of cobbles, so get your footwear right.

    Keep a count of how many times you accidentally stumble upon the Pantheon. In 3 days I turned a corner into it about 10 times, and my hotel was nowhere near it. It really is like a gravity well for that part of Rome.

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    Learn The Language Basics

    From a former Redditor:

    Italian is a fairly simple language for English speakers, no silent letters and fairly regular grammar.

    Make sure you pick up a book or find a website (Memrise, Duolingo) that will help you learn the basics (good morning, thank you, how to order a cup of coffee).

    Italians, and people in any country, tend to appreciate tourists that make the effort to learn the basics of their language. You will consistently get better service if you do this.