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15 Unspoken Rules About Italy That All The Locals Know

List RulesItalian 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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    Go Solo And Fly Cheap

    From Redditor u/ShinjukuAce:

    It's definitely worth going solo. You won't be bored.

    Milan or Rome are usually the cheapest airports to fly into. You might try to fly into Milan and out of Rome, and fit Venice and Florence in the middle.

    I would try to see Siena or Lucca on a day trip from Florence. You can also see Pisa, but for me, the tourist hordes around the Leaning Tower really detracted from the experience.

    I would make sure to see Rome if you haven't seen it. As a last resort, you could do Rome on a day trip from Florence (it's about 90 minutes by train), but it really deserves more like 3 days.

    Get a money belt and watch your stuff. Pickpocketing and bag snatching is a problem, especially in Rome and Naples.

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    Coffee Prices Can Be Different

    From Redditor u/alan_s:

    The price for a cup of coffee is different if you sit at a table instead of standing or sitting at the bar.

    "Coperto" is another word for service charge or tip included.

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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.

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