I think most of you after reading the title of this post, will think “She is finally writing about her home country!” Well, yes I finally am!! 🙂
I have actually planned to write many other posts about Italy but in the meanwhile I wrote this short fun/serious list which I hope will be useful for any of you travelling to Italy 🙂
1| WE HAVE A DARWINIAN WAY OF QUEUING
Unfortunately for the majority of Italian people queuing = hovering around in a crowd with total disregard for the person standing in front of you.
[Suggestion: pay attention and remember who arrived first and after you]
2| CUTTING SPAGHETTI IS LIKE SWEARING
Especially if you’re eating with other Italians, please do not cut them or eat them with a spoon…I mean,loads of tourists will do it… but pleeeeease don’t. I’ve found this cute video which shows how to eat spaghetti with no spoon or knife, it could be useful 😉
3| AT THE RESTAURANT, BREAD IS FREE
When you order a meal at the restaurant, bread is always served and you don’t pay for it, you can also ask for more if you’d like 🙂
[Oh and for those wondering about tipping, unless if you’re in a really facy restaurant, it’s not needed 😉 ]
4| STREETS SIGNALS ARE CONSIDERED JUST A SUGGESTION
Again unfortunately, crossing the street in Italy is a bit like jumping with a parachute: no fear and go. Especially where no traffic lights are positioned people tend not to respect the rights of way and, unless you want to wait for hours hoping that someone will stop and letting you pass, you have to start walking through the street cross so that the cars coming are obliged to stop.
5| 1 PIZZA = 1 PERSON
Now, let’s be clear on this point. Italian people are always shocked when watching foreign TV series and seeing that one pizza is often the dinner of one family. If you order a pizza here, it is implied that it’s just for yourself. If you think that one pizza is too much you can order a smaller one usually named “baby” or if you’re eating with other 2/3 people you can order the “family size” but this option, in general, is available just in some takeaway places.
Oh, talking about pizza there are TWO main kinds of pizza, so it is often convenient to ask the place in which you’re eating if they make both types or just one of the two 🙂
The first one is the “Pizza Napoletana” which is the original version. It’s thick (as the one of Pizza Hut to give you an example) and smaller than the second type “Pizza bassa” or “Pizza fina”. Her the dought of pizza is rolled more in order to make it really thin so, as a consequence, the diameter will be bigger than the first type 😉
6| SALADS ARE NAKED
The only things you’ll find to dress your salad are salt, pepper, olive oil and vinegar. Sauces are not even considered when ordering or thinking about a salad. So I guess that compared to the abroad style of dressing salads, ours are “naked” 😀
While writing this post I actually realised that I have many more tips I could give you about my country soooo #staytuned because I think I will soon post a Part 2!
But in the meanwhile, I am curious to know….
Have you ever been to Italy? Which are the tips you would add to this list? 🙂
Or if you’re an Italian reading this post, would you have any other suggestions? 🙂