Italy Local Customs

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Italy Local Customs

  • Do As Romans Do

    Rome Local Customs

    this was closed during the day in summer we were but it seems a nice place to be inside the villa borghese and a marionnette theater for kids and old alike. the teatro dei burattini at San Carlino It came in 1978 at Torino to begin the story of the theater, and by creating the Teatro Popolare dei Burattini in 1990 it became known as the San...

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  • Gondole, gondoliere, traghetti

    Venice Local Customs

    “Today the weather is triumphant, and my views of life consequently more cheerful. It is so warm that we are going out presently in the gondola, to take up a few dropped stitches. Venice, after all, is incomparable, and during this visit I have penetrated into little slits of streets in every direction on foot. The canals only give one a visiting...

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  • Torino's Bull at the Gallery (to be...

    Milan Local Customs

    This bull is depicted in the coat of arms of Torino. You see that there is a hole on its genitals and may wonder why. Well, a tradition says that if you put your right heel on this hole and turn on yourself three times, this will bring you good luck. In the second photo you see my father do it (unwillingly). Hundreds of tourists rotate around the...

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  • Legends

    Verona Local Customs

    In the entrance of the building, where you will see the famous (BUT false) balcony , where Giulietta Capelletti met Romeo Montecchi, you will be able to stick your Love-letters on a wall , where you will find already thousands of other love-letters. To post your love-letters there is to be said to be some sort of a guarantee for a love lasting...

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  • people

    Genoa Local Customs

    Raffaele Rubattino was a visionary and the first Italian ship owner to commit his company to steam navigation. He formed the steamship line that would connect Genova to several ports of the Mediterranean and later to Middle East. Rubattino had political ambitions aswell, supporting Giuseppe Garibaldi in consolidation of Italy. The statue is work of...

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  • Events

    Pisa Local Customs

    Last Sunday in June - 'Gioco del Ponte' (Bridges Game) . This is probably the most important festival in Pisa. It involves Mediaeval costumes, horseback parades and 12 teams of 20 people attempting to push a 7 ton 'trolley' onto the opposite side of the bridge.

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  • Meals and drinks

    Palermo Local Customs

    Palermo presents an impresive range of fresh fishes . While being in Sicily I ate all my lunch at a friend mom's home, and later on I was trying to find the recipes of whatever she was making. The fresh fishes are easy to cook, the lunch is not complicated, and the taste is simply perfect. Here are some of the recipes: Sicilian Salmon...

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  • Festivals/Holidays/Celebratios

    Como Local Customs

    I visited Como the last week in February, so it was carnival season. Children have a week holiday from school and they can be seen in different masquerade costumes (especially the younger ones) and sometimes their parents too. In Como there was a big parade on the Sunday I visited, but I just saw some glimpses of it. In streets and squares,...

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  • Signs, Signals & Superstitions

    Rome Local Customs

    More of images of the Virgin Mary that can be seen on almost every street in the Eternal City. I am always astonished at the variety of styles and conditions of these works of art. Photo #5, shows a corner devotional plaque, from 1860, depicting Pentecost. The Virgin is at the center and she is flanked by the 12 Apostles, as the dove of the Holy...

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  • Carnival

    Venice Local Customs

    Carneval di Venezia ( Carnival of Venice ) is a must visit at least once in your lifetime, and to get into the spirit of things, a mask is a must. Venice has seen some form of mask going back to the twelveth century but it was in 1608 that the mask was deemed proper for only the Carneval or official functions. Today, the Carneval di Venezia takes...

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  • Dining and Drinking

    Milan Local Customs

    The custom of aperitivi is helpful when you're on a budget. Many of the bars in Milan, for the price of a drink, will give you food to go along with it. You can easily make it into a light dinner. For more details, see my Bar Magenta tip.

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  • The Patron Saint of Verona

    Verona Local Customs

    The magnificent look of the apse and Romanesque bell-tower of the basilica of San Zeno. The roof and the apse were rebuilt in the Gothic period. The weathered Veronese stone of which the basilica is built has a warm golden tone, and the restrained lines of the pillars, the columns, the cornices and the gallery with its double windows give the whole...

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  • surroundings

    Genoa Local Customs

    The sea is a basic part of Italian culture. After a day of fishing, local fishermen spend the remainder of daylight enjoying each other's company and re-living their experiences. Students walk and travel by public transportation to school each day. Genoa Aquarium and port area provide educational experiences for field trips.

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  • Churchs

    Pisa Local Customs

    This is Santa Maria della Spina by night during the "LUMINARA". The scenery is very impressive so if you are in Pisa on june the 16, in the evening you could take a walk along the Arno River.

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  • Daily life

    Palermo Local Customs

    Coming from the UK I know how it feels when you go on holiday and as soon as it gets a little bit hot you need to put your flip flops on and a skimpy little vest top. Well they don't do that in Palermo, I know what you're thinking - that's because they're used to the heat - but really it's more of a dress code, flip flops are for the beach and vest...

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  • Festivals Celebrations & Protests

    Rome Local Customs

    Yes, Italy's royal scandal starring the House of Savoy with KING VITTORIO EMANUELE III - he was deposed - exiled to Switzerland - begged to return - was granted his wish - returned - was arrested and imprisoned recently for criminal activity (gambling and prostitution) - confined to his quarters; but, here we caught him again - this time getting...

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  • Tipping/Restaurant Charges

    Venice Local Customs

    Cappuccino — a shot of espresso infused with steamed milk and foam and drunk in the morning by Italians, but never after lunch or dinner, since with that much milk is considered a meal in itself, - the classic Italian breakfast. The second rule is to never order cappuccino after an original Italian meal, Italians can't understand why anyone would...

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  • Fashion

    Milan Local Customs

    Here ... city of fashion. You will not see anyone wearing a simple shirt or dress when they out to town. Most of ppls here, are beautiful with their dress. Not only for woemn, also applicable for a guy. They are following a up to date fashion, BUT not all of them buying an oriinal stuff! During a winter, you can see more fashion used by local...

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  • Other

    Verona Local Customs

    Piazza Bra is the name of the square in front of the famous Arena di Verona, and although the square is quite large, it is really hard to find a sign with that funny name written on it.Bra is the local Veronese expression for Braida, which means "large" and of course this makes sense for such a big square. Thanks a lot, Boris (coisbeauty) for that...

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  • museums and exibitions

    Genoa Local Customs

    Genova is city of arts and culture with number of outstanding art galleries containing many masterpieces from previous centuries. It is place of particular charm which attracted many artists to live here or to spend parts of their lifes in Genova or its surroundings. Museo dell'Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti is located in Palazzo dell'Accdemia,...

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  • History

    Palermo Local Customs

    Back in the 1950s the Piazzale Ungheria in the centre of Palermo was the place to be seen as you sipped an espresso. It was here, at one of the cafés under the arcade, that Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa wrote 'Il Gattopardo' (The Leopard), a rich tale of the decline of Sicilian aristocracy set against the background of Italian unification. The...

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  • Winged lions

    Venice Local Customs

    “Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.” —Truman Capote (1924-1984) Have fun in Venice! Behave as if you just eat an entire box of chocolate liqueurs. Here is a suggestion for a fun thing to do. Is your astrological sign Leo, the lion? If it is, or if you travel with some who is a Leo as I do, let me suggest a fun...

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  • Courtesy

    Milan Local Customs

    I've noticed that Italians don't buy into the whole stand-in-line concept. At a ticket counter, it's just a crowd of people and eventually you get to the front. It's the same at a buffet. You just walk up to what you want to get at. Granted, don't go knocking people out of the way, but don't be shy.

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  • Events

    Verona Local Customs

    Tocatì (Your turn! in Verona dialect) was a frequent word exanged beetween children playng along the roads, swapping roles in the games. How many times i told it! Time of no cars around, no PCs or videogames, very few TV if any... Now, a street festival of all the games usually played along the streets has become a regular event at the end of...

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  • language

    Genoa Local Customs

    The local dialect of Genoa (Zena) is most interesting. Coincidentally, Genoese is spoken in 2 towns in Sardinia, one of which is Calasetta, so i grew up speaking a little Genoese. In Genoa, as in all of Italy, the local dialect is the very much the local flavor and the life blood of the local culture. Increasingly and awfully the local dialects are...

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  • Il Tocco

    Palermo Local Customs

    IL TOCCOThe game of ' Tocco 'is a very old popular tradition in Sicily which has always been played by working-class people. The original point of this game is to drink in a circle of friends around the same table. The rules stipulate that the two main characters, 'U padruni' and 'u sutta' (The boss and his assistant ) actually decide

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  • Festivals

    Venice Local Customs

    Before the Regatta started, Canal Grande was a very bussy place, there were lots of moving up and down the chanel. More or less I got impression its big confusion down there on the water front, boats driving into the opposite direction, across the chanel, stopped in the middle of it, yachts in taking positions for observing regatta, fire brigade in...

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  • Ciao: when to use it!

    Milan Local Customs

    English is hardly spoken in Milano. Oh dear, huh?. ;-) Nevertheless, don't let this deter you from visiting this great city. You can pick up some Italian before your trip to Italy. Memorize common expressions and you should be fine: Buongiorno........Good morning Buonasera......Good evening Buonanotte.......Good night Buon pomeriggio.....Good...

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  • Sculptures

    Verona Local Customs

    It doesn't matter what statue in Italy you are viewing, there will undoubtedly be a bird sitting on it. Verona is no exception. I used to try and wait them out so that I could get a good shot of the statue, but they are more in a hurry than me. So I gave up. This statue is found near the arena in a small park. You will find your own statue with a...

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  • Shopping

    Palermo Local Customs

    In general people are less focussed on famous labels like Armani, Versace (like in Rome). I couldn't believe the number of blond people. (probably has to do with the history of a/o the Normans). The best thing is this is a nice city but there aren't relatively that many tourists.

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  • Pigeons

    Venice Local Customs

    The pigeons of San Marco have become the symbol of Venice but they are actually a severe problem because pigeons dung is the one of the main reasons of buildings damage in Venice. Venetians use common needles but also pretty odd and scary broken glass to secure some places from pigeons.

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  • Sports

    Milan Local Customs

    I suppose old Cliffie has to be fair and mention that Milan has another football team that at times has been the best in Europe. In the late 1960s AC Milan won two European trophies with a team featuring Gianni Rivera and Pierino Prati. Twenty years later AC Milan again ruled Europe, with a side built around the Dutch trio of Rijkaard, Gullit and...

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  • Wine testing

    Verona Local Customs

    Wanting to try some regional wines but don't know what to look for? look for these key regions: Valpolicella: comuni (municipalities) of Pescantina, San Pietro in Cariano, Negrar, Marano, Fumane, Sant’Ambrogio and Sant’Anna d’Alfaedo, producing red wine Bardolino: comune 25 kilometers northwest of Verona, producing red wine Soave: 23 kilometers...

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  • acqua alta (flooding)

    Venice Local Customs

    Tourists might think that Aqua Alta only happens in the winter. Not necessarily, it can even happen in the summer. At end August 1995 we experienced high water 5 -10 cm! There had been strong raining for some days and one noon at the time of high tide we saw the water coming out of the pavement at the Piazza San Marco. Some streets were also under...

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  • Work addicted ??

    Milan Local Customs

    Yes, the Milanese rae certainly very industrious. In fact, they are the European version of the Japanese i.e. they are so hardworking! Most of them tend to work continous hours from 9.00 a.m. to as late as 7PM-8PM. I should know because I still see my fellow Italian colleagues at the office even at this hour! I thought only the Singaporeans and...

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  • Verona Pass

    Verona Local Customs

    It was surprising to learn that several of Verona's churches and the Duomo had an entrance fee so If you're planning to visit several churches and museums invest in a Verona Pass but remember nearly everything is closed on Mondays. Verona Card valid for one day costs 8 Euro three days costs 12 Euro - for free entry to museums, churches and...

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  • Feast Days

    Venice Local Customs

    Apparently the front portico of the Salute church is only opened on November 21. So we climbed the stairs and entered the church through the exclusive portico. A thrill that wore off quickly. Actually, it was pretty interesting to see the church on the feast day. The locals were there in force, buying candles by the armful. Upon entering the...

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  • The Duomo

    Milan Local Customs

    The Milanesi (if you haven't already discovered it yourself) are really a very nice bunch of people with exquisite taste in dressing and business sense. They are also very cultured, with a great sense of humor and many do speak excellent English - especially those that work in a multi-national corporation (MNC) or financial institution. However,...

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  • Navigli

    Milan Local Customs

    By night many persons go to Navigli, where there are hundrends of restaurants, pubs, disco-pubs... A common meeting point is Porta Genova station (it's a train station), then if you are by car a difficult game will start: parking search! Good luck!

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  • Money matters

    Tickets to museums, tchotchkes to bring home to the rellies, massive amounts of gelato….all of this takes cash and I don't mean U.S. Jacksons. Italy is part of the European Union (EU) and their monetary system is the euro so you're gonna have to get yourself some of those. Where do you do that? Same place you do at home: an ATM. Yessirree, put your...

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  • Gelati: The answer to World Peace

    Why are Italians are so cheerful.. unless having to deal with rude and fussy tourists, that is? Gelati. Italian ice cream is in a class by itself: silky smooth and oh-so-intense. Even better, it’s a lot lower in butterfat than the American stuff - which keeps it from becoming rock solid - and usually fresher ‘cause the best is made almost daily. If...

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  • Coffee Culture

    Americans, blame the Italians for those $5 lattes that eat up your paycheck. Traders from the East brought coffee to the port city of Venice back in the 16th century along with tales of cafes where people gathered to socialize and gossip over cups of the rich, exotic brew. The first Venetian coffee bar opened in 1640 and the jones for java took off...

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  • "Un birra, per favore!"

    I am not a wine lover. In fact the very smell of red wine gives me a headache - although I can handle some whites. Needless to say, on our first trip to The Boot I was a little concerned about an end-of-day pint in a country known for the grape? Thanks to the reassurance of some sympathetic VT'ers I had many happy Beer O'clocks! The popular Italian...

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  • Beggars, scams, counterfeits and...

    I'm purposely not putting this topic under Warnings and Dangers because encountering these sorts is neither dangerous nor anything to be overly concerned about. They can, however, be uncomfortable for visitors unused to the prevalence and /or aggressiveness of panhandlers, street hawkers and whatnot around tourist hotspots. The dark part to all...

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  • Shop/restaurant hours and customs

    Once upon a time it was very much the custom in Italy to close up shop and go home for lunch and a nap in the early-to-mid afternoon. What with a certain amount of globalization and catering to tourism, more places are open all day than used to be but you'll still find the doors closed and lights off for a couple of hours (usually somewhere between...

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