Italy Local Customs

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Italy Local Customs

  • Do As Romans Do

    Rome Local Customs

    Everywhere you go in Rome, you can see spot these water fountains called "nasoni" (big noses) because of the shape of their spouts. At first we were wondering if they were there just for animals or if the water was drinkable. After seeing plenty of people bend down to have a sip, we decided to try it for ourselves. Turns out the water coming out of...

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  • Gondole, gondoliere, traghetti

    Venice Local Customs

    There are two types of gondolieri, one who is also the owner of a boat and the other who is employee. Gondoliere who is the owner of the boat is much nicer and more correct to customers and with such is easier to arrange ride at slightly lower price. Gondoliers-emplyoees, who do work for a landlord tend to be rough, rude and like to cheat a...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Castagna Fest

    Vicenza Local Customs

    This fest occurs in late October at the end of the harvest. Those chestnuts are just wonderful, hot and fragrant. You will see a pic of the castagna cracker. It is used to keep the chestnuts from exploding in the fire.

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  • Historical Mail Boxes

    Mantova Local Customs

    The mail boxes outside the main Post office in Piazza Martiri di Belfiore captured my attention. They are the old kind, when the envelopes were sorted manually so they had specific holes for several destinations. The ones here are for: - letters and postcards in town - correspondence in town - correspondence in the province - business card and...

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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

    Carnevale 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 Carnevale or official functions. Today, the Carnevale di Venezia...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Festivals

    Venice Local Customs

    Lateen or latin-rig sail boat is a triangular sail set on a long yard mounted at an angle od the mast, which allows a boat to tack against the wind. In the Lagoon of Venice such type of boat is called "bragozzo" or "bragosso" but many call it also "chiggiotta". Bragozzo is typical Venetian boat made of wood by local artisans, following the...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Be careful when you park your car on the...

    As I noticed around most cars running in Italy were mostly small, I hardly see big size cars. Small is comfortable to drive, and easy to park on the street. Even if you drove with small car and parked on the street you will encounter sometimes like this on the photo below. Some Italian driver make no space as long his car fits in betweenBest thing...

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  • Cittadella

    Cittadela is beautiful medieval city, located north of Padova. It is characteristic for its very well preserved city walls and four gates which correspond the points of compass. The town was founded in the 13th century as military outpost of Padova. Cittadela was erected at the time of the wars between the Italian city-states, in order to defend...

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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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  • 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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