Friday - July 25, 2014
Travelers to Italy often scratch their heads when presented with their restaurant bill. Though sales tax is (thankfully) included in the item prices, a number of mystery charges suddenly seem to surface when it is time to settle up. To avoid unpleasant surprises, here’s a quick overview of what these charges mean and when they apply:
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Wednesday - March 12, 2014
There are many ordinary tasks and common customs that are daunting for a first time traveler to any country, including Italy. Things as simple as friendly greetings (buongiorno
before lunch, buona sera
after), purchases (money is placed on the counter, not directly in the hand; the same is true for your change), and business hours (ah, the beloved early afternoon riposo
closure) require thought and a bit of getting used to...and as soon as you feel you’ve gotten the hang of it, you run into an exception.Bologna
The same is true for eating at a restaurant in Italy. Italian meals are articulated into a number of portate
, or courses, and it helps to have a general idea of what each means and how to organize both your order and your meal. And then, of course, how to make an exception. Read More...