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  • Italian are very clean people....

    by i_am_a_vip Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Italian are very clean people. In the bathroom you will find an extra accessory that you may have never seen before. It is usually near the toilet, and it is used to wash you ass after you sat on the toilet. Learn to use it, you can just benefit from it. We DO NOT use that instead of paper, it is a plus to make sure you are properly cleaned. Saying that in your country you don't use that because you have showers is insulting! We have showers too, and most Italians use them every day of their lifes. If you don't use it in your country it means you are not as clean as an Italian!
    Once an American told me that they don't use this peace of bathroom accessory because they use showers; so I assume they could do without a sink as well, because they have showers, isn't it!
    Now just to make sure you understand the tip: after you have been sitting on the toilet you wipe your ass with paper, then when you think you are clean enough you go sit on the bide', fill it with warm water, and then with your right hand wash your ass with soap. Near the bide' you will find a small towel; that is to dry you ass. When you are done you can call yourself a fully civilized person.

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    La vita, gli amori.......The Men in Italy!

    by Geisha_Girl Written Aug 26, 2002

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    I'll have what SHE's having!

    Ladies.....the men in Italy are known to be relentless, no? But don't 'fear' them......INDULGE!! The men in Italy celebrate women and adore everything about a woman. Of course, as in any other country, if things get out of hand, you should already know how to handle the situation. Otherwise, just enjoy being a woman in Italy!

    The dapper gentleman in this picture? He was neither a boyfriend nor a friend. Never even knew the guy......he was our WAITER!!!!! I went to a local restaurant where the waiters were infamous for kissing the female patrons and sending them off with a long-stemmed rose. Ya think they were after the big tips???

    It was a lovely time.....don't quite remember how good the food was, but the 'service' was impeccable! If anyone out there knows the name of this particular restaurant, feel free to email Geisha_Girl I can add it to my list of 'Places to Re-visit.' ;->

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    Don't order drinks or food at...

    by karen_mo Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Don't order drinks or food at the bar and then sit at the tables. Fairly common in Europe this but different to the pub culture in UK.
    Also, in snack bars, pay for your food first and then go and order it. This is dodgy if you can't speak Italian as you have to wave wildly at the sandwiches and hope you get one on your bill. Somehow I ended up with a capuccino instead, must be my accent!

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    Small commercial vehicles.

    by mwe Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Inner-city street with Piaggio truck, Rome.
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    Very much an Italian speciality. Piaggio-Vespa do 3-wheel scooter-based vans and pick-ups and 4-wheel vans and pick-ups with Daihatsu-designed cabs.
    Fiat also made this type of vehicle.

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    Guys' fashion...

    by Saringuis Updated Aug 31, 2005

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    Apperently it's the current trend for guys this summer in Rome; CHEQUERED pants... So many men where wearing this, it was hard to keep count! Interesting phenomenon. Hope the hype stays in Italy!

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    Cover up!

    by barryg23 Written Jan 23, 2005
    Ruth at St Peter's

    When visiting churches in Italy it is customary to cover shoulders and legs. In some churches this rule is not enforced but for places such as St Peter's it is advisable to bring extra clothing.

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    Why don't they put ice in my drink?

    by Lacristina Written Mar 1, 2004

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    No ice?

    Partly it is just local custom and culture, but many Italians also believe it is unhealthy to drink things that are too cold. They don't think it's good for you!

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