Italy is one of the most visited countries in the world. With its fantastic history and culture, you can expect a worthwhile experience during your stay. But just like any other country around the globe, it pays off to make research on the do’s and don’ts of the country. You don’t want to be frowned upon by the locals as you wondered on their beautiful sights and landmarks, right?
So to help you to have hassle-free travel experience, here are some do’s and don’ts that you can take note for your upcoming visit to Italy.
Do dress appropriately
Italy is a Catholic country, so it is essential to dress appropriately, especially if you are going to the famous St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Also, Italians are judging people by the way they present themselves in public. You leave the flip flops and shorts at your home and pack respectable clothes with you.
Don’t greet a local stranger with “ciao”
Every tourist always thinks that “ciao” is equivalent to the common “hello” of other countries. But Italians think the other way around! Ciao is used to greet someone you are close with like family members or friends. As an alternative, you can try to say “Buon Giorno” (good morning) or “Buona Sera” (good afternoon/evening) when greeting a local stranger in Italy.
Do watch for your belongings
Italy attracts millions of tourists from different parts of the world. If you are visiting it, expect to encounter a lot of people, especially if you are visiting the famous tourist landmarks. With this, you should be vigilant enough to watch your belongings as there could be pickpockets scattered on public and crowded places.
Don’t forget to learn basic Italian phrases
Italians are used to foreign strangers in their country. But, you can’t assume that locals will understand the English language. Sure, they can say some basic words, but it’s more appreciative for them to hear you speak their language.
Do visit other parts of Italy
Aside from Rome, do not forget to consider to visit other cities in Italy. If you want a calm and more immersive experience, you can try to go for less touristy places. You can explore Tuscany and Sicily and discover the other side of the country that you never thought it has.