Visit Italy – The DON’Ts of Visiting Italy

Visit Italy – The DON’Ts of Visiting Italy

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ciao fellow travelers mark you with Walters world and we’re in Vicenza my hometown here in Italy fantastic people great place and the thing is when you’re in Italy there’s things you should do but there’s things you don’t do when you’re here so we have today our list of 10 don’ts about visiting Italy and the first don’t is one thing if you’re looking to go shopping when you’re here don’t expect to be able to get Gucci and Armani a lot cheaper here in Italy then you can other places I met a lot of tourists on the plane and they’re all excited I’m going to Armani and get some new clothes and Gucci get some new clothes because it’s going to be so cheap because it’s in Italy wrong they have this called standardized pricing and so it’s kind of the same price everywhere you go in the world so if you’re buying it here or in the US or Canada or wherever the price they’re pretty similar so your best bet might be just to go buy it online okay I’m not going to warn you I’m just going to tell you that right now don’t expect to get great deals on Italian products when you hear you might make some money up in the exchange rate but overall not too many deals here ii don’t this is for my tourist look if you’re looking to eat in italy don’t eat it tourist locations i know that’s kind of an obvious one but you’re going to see whether you’re in Rome or Venice and all kinds of stuff there’s lots of tourist menus that are out there and there’s lots of tourist restaurants right at those sites the thing is you go there you’re not going to have the most authentic food you’re not going to have the best Italian food out there you’re going to have kind of a tourist version of things and it can be kind of a ripoff I know in Pisa yeah I hate for Caleb I told him I will go to Pisa to eat pizza okay so he thought that was funny he was like – it’s a girl you’re eating pizza in Pisa but you know corny me it worked out but the thing was the service was horrible the pizza wasn’t very good and that’s what happens when you buy these tourist locations and what’s cool in Italy is all these cities yes it stores stuff but there’s also people living and working there at the same time and if you go a few blocks away from the tourist locations you can get authentic food with all ten authentic people eating with the locals and it is great so that’s why I say don’t eat in those tourist locations and I make a special point to mention that now the third don’t we have also deals with the restaurant and in Italy you don’t tip because service is usually included or what you might see is they might have Co pizza which is the covered charge okay and it might be a euro or two euros or three euros depending where you go and that’s for like the bread sir and the plates and the knives and stuff like that and you have that and that’s kind of what the tip is included in and that you don’t have the tip on top of it now if you want a tip no one’s going to stop you but the Italians traditionally don’t tip because you have the cover or the service is already included but just remember don’t tip you can if you want to and they’ll be very happy to take it but you don’t have to now the fourth now the fourth don’t is don’t expect that speaking louder in English will help the Italians understand you look Italians aren’t necessarily the best at foreign languages including English and the thing is you’ll see when you in Italy that people are very excited I mean I get excited talking about Italy and the thing is they talk loud they talk really loud just like we Americans so that’s why we we love each other so much but don’t think that you just speaking louder will help them understand so what you need to do is before you come to Italy learn a few words before you come you know Garcia thank you or prego you’re welcome are simple words like that make a big difference you know buongiorno good day or hello and you’ll be surprised by speaking a little Italian how really opens up the people because the Italians are fantastic and even if you don’t speak Italian they’re still going to communicate with you if you know a few words it goes a really long way but you don’t have to speak loud to let them understand now the fifth tone is don’t worry about being overdressed look the Italians dress immaculately I mean even the little kids have better style than you or me well it’s hard to be better than me so don’t worry about it so make sure if you come here make sure you’re dressing nicely because what can happen is if you go into Piazza San Marco and you want to see the Basilica San Marco in in Venice if you’re wearing skimpy clothes they won’t let you in okay so make sure you do dress a little bit nicer if you are going to come here now if you’re going to go to remedy and go to the beach it’s not a really a big deal but you don’t really have to being overdressed because you can always dress higher here and you still will look underdressed compared to the locals the six don’t we have is don’t just do the Rome Florence Venice trip okay there are so many cute towns and villages throughout Italy and you don’t really get to experience the whole culture if you’re just going to tourist mecca’s of Rome Florence and Venice Lion Venice gets 20 million tourists but there’s only like 50,000 people living there that are actually from Venice so you want to go to other towns like here in Vicenza but there’s so many locals you get to know the culture revena I mean go to Remini which is a big tourist joint hour away you can go to revena and it’s just beautiful there with other you know 5th century churches and stuff like that Lucca and Tuscany another hour and a half away from Florence and you can get to these fabulous little towns to really see true Italian culture without tons of tourists very easily so make sure you don’t just do those yes you’ve got to see Rome and Florence and Venice but don’t miss out on some of those smaller towns and smaller villages to really see true Italian culture and really just fall in love with it go to pisano to get up and have grandpa on the bridge or I’m gonna roast Rica where you can play chess you know and be human chess sets I mean it’s really cool but don’t miss out on that because that’s what really gets you to fall in love with Italy is seeing the real Italy not just the tourists Italy now the 7th thing is a one that my American friends have a really tough time with and that is in Italy you don’t share your pizza look in the US I know we get a pizza you tell your buddy hey Fernando what kind of pizza you wanted chousen what do we get it you have to debate between your friends what piece you’re going to get here in Italy you get your own pizza and yes it is a big pizza and don’t you know what you don’t eat it with your hands you eat it with a fork and knife and this really shocks a lot of the Americans that come here cuz it’s like wait I don’t share my pizza or you can but you don’t you haven’t for yourself so don’t share that beat to get exactly what you want and tell the other purple person if they want pizza they can get their own no sharing now my eighth don’t for you is don’t take the Freccia if you’re going short distances now if you’re not sure if the freccia is that are Italo these are the the the really fast trains and they can be really pricey if you’re going a short distance for example from here be chenza to Venice I can take the Freccia and I’ll be there like in 20 minutes 25 minutes if I take the local train I’m there like in 45 minutes but the thing is the price is significantly more so don’t take those friendships for the short trips take them for the long trips because you do make up the time if you’re coming from Rome up to Venice and things like that that can make a difference or if you’re going down to Bari from Rome it does make a difference to taking those fetches and the French is more or less or on-time whereas the local trains mmm on time is relative let’s just say okay now the 9th don’t I have for you when you come to Italy is don’t order spaghetti and meatballs look and Italy they have spaghetti and they have meatballs but they’re not together because what here what you have is putting a piatti the first plates and sugandha Piatti the second plates those first plates that’s pasta and after you finish that they being the second plate which is the meat that’s here okay so you don’t actually put those two together if you want your spaghetti and meatball kind of flavor get spaghetti bolognaise see and what basically is is imagine a spaghetti and meatballs you have at home but they smash up the meatballs into a meat sauce that’s what you’re gonna get now some people will say oh there’s places in Italy that has spaghetti and meatballs yes well there’s a lot of American tourists they actually started to put that I went to a restaurant today that was across the street from the US base and they have a big thing say Italy in America and the thing on the top of their list was spaghetti and meatballs and then macaroni and cheese two things that yes we think of Italian in America but it is not Italian here so don’t order spaghetti and meatballs together when you’re here separate totally fine together no the temp don’t we have for you actually have a few more than 10 the 10th don’t I have for you is don’t expect a big breakfast in Italy breakfast in Italy is usually like an espresso and maybe a piece of bread and some butter that’s they traditionally have so you’re going to have you’re going to be a little hungry if you’re staying with Italians and stuff like that but your hotels usually they’ll be fine and they’ll take care of you they’ll have the full like spread of American breakfast and stuff like that not a big deal but just know a typical Italian breakfast doesn’t have much their coffee and a little biscotti and you’re on your way okay now the 11:00 thing not don’t I have for you is don’t expect a lot of space Italy is very compact with all the stuff going on so when you’re going to be going to on the trains the seats are gonna be a little bit smaller the luggage racks are going to be a little smaller and you’ll see all these tours for these big bags you can’t necessarily have it I think walking a better way okay see that’s how nice the Italians are comes up it gives me a spritz while I’m going Oh spritz a Perl don’t forget to get one of these if you’re in Veneto it’s a Prosecco bubble water and a Perl fantastic okay see why I love Italy these people are awesome okay no but seriously with the space just no restaurant space hotel spaces train spaces all these things they are limited so pack light and I we’ve actually sent a lot of boxes back from Italy it takes some on for the boxes to get there but they’ve always got back to the US no problem so that’s a nice thing but just know you’re going to have a lot of cramped up space and on the trains when they have like kind of smaller sections for luggage it can be a bit problematic so be prepared for that okay and the twelfth thing I have for you is don’t expect to get food after three o’clock look here in Italy the restaurants kind of open up for lunch from noon until 3:00 and then the restaurant closes from 3 to 7 sometimes 8 o’clock at night and then dinner is from 7 8 o’clock at night to 11 or 12 and I know if you’re coming from the US you know our dinner time is like five six maybe seven o’clock here you don’t have that now the thing is you want to get fast food places or peace Italia like pizza on the go like patio with on a plate you can do that but in general you’re now going to get food between 3:00 and 7:00 so make sure you get your lunch the right time and your day at the right time so you can enjoy the fantastic food that’s here my personal favorite here in Vicenza is big leaking iron up like thick spaghetti noodles with duck sauce it’s fantastic yes the pizza is awesome here you should have it oh and another thing with the pizzas the traditional pizzeria is actually they’re only open at night more started opening during the day now but if you want pizza during the day you have that Pizza Italia place and you buy like by the kilo you sell with this much of pepperoni or this much of pear and gorgonzola they cut it wait cook it and give it to you it tastes fine anyway I don’t want to let this go to waste so you don’t miss your chance to go to Italy it is a fantastic place the people are awesome the food is fantastic I love it you’ll love it too take my word for it and ciao from Vicenza god I love this place ciao


  1. That pizza part is bullshit ,for 3-5 people we order 2 pizzas, cut it ,take a piece with our hands and eat it
    I never had a pizzeria giving me a fork and knife, in other countries they do, but never had that happen and I lived 10 years in Italy

  2. 7:13 Wolters! I am from Bologna and Spaghetti Bolognese doesn't exist! Is only a tourist trap but bolognese sauce is ragù

  3. Golden rule for local restaurants in Italy (south): 1 the simplier the place looks the better food you will get (they dont speak english or only have basic english in those places though) 2 leave your rush at home, south italians take their time with everything, try to relax

  4. Thanks for the publicity you do to my country, it's clear that you aren't one of those ignorant that talks only out of stereotypes. With your attitude you'll always be welcomed in Italy 🙂

  5. Don't of italy: number 1#
    Don't order a pizza with chicken/beef especially PINAPPLE, they'll beat you badly 🤣
    Actually the luxury stuff should be cheaper since you have duty free, anyway you can find really cheap clothes in some indipendent shops, but you should have some local people to guide you….

  6. Omg all the donts, except talking loud, happened on my trip few weeks ago. It lasted a week, we went everwhere, we've been nowhere, seen nothing, experienced too little

  7. Il cambio??? Veramente sarebbe a favore nostro! Che bello sentir parlare bene dell’Italia, solo noi italiani non apprezziamo tutto il ben di Dio che offre la nostra nazione. Bel video veramente e lo spriz che arriva dal nulla è poesia pura 😂😂😂👏👏
    Consiglio di visitare la mia bella regione, la Liguria. Genova è stupenda, particolare, una città con una storia lunga e gloriosa, anche le 5 terre, fantastiche!! 😍

    Grazie per avermi fatto sentire fortunato 😘

  8. and please guys don't wear flip flop in the city hahaha such as tourist outfit!
    PS love the way you speak so passionate of Italy <3

  9. nobody is going to eat pizza with forks and knifes, and if you do so italians look at you like you are a smelly ass aristocrat

  10. I found in Florence the food was great, even near the tourist areas. I stayed near Via Ghibellina and I can confirm the Pizza was fresh, the pasta was fresh and all at a fairly decent price considering how close to the centre. Yes, you go anywhere in the world, rural food may be more "authentic" but does it ensure good service and food? I'm sure you're correct about your points being in Rome, that is tourist trap central (and I thought Florence would be the same), but as long as you use your brain (and google) you can suss it out yourself … also, don't tell people how to eat, it's just stupid. That's like saying "don't eat chinese food without chop sticks"…. no one gives a hoot how you eat your darn food.

  11. Most of the Dont's regarding food are totally wrong. Take It Easy, you can share a pizza or not, use fingers or fork (fork Is more polite) , even order a cappuccino After lunch! But get away from some american food intended to be italian-like… As meatballs, fettuccine Alfredo (😀) and other AMERICAN stuff..

  12. finally a good and honestly rewiev about my my country 🙂 u really understood italians things 😀 but pls don't eat pizza with knife and fork 😀 just cut i 4 or more pieces and then use your hands 😀

  13. You are right on many things, especially on point 6, but, yes, in Italy you EAT PIZZA WITH YOUR HANDS! I've never seen anyone here eating it with fork and knife, just don't do it.

  14. 1) The tip in Italy is a choice. And cheap. Just one euro, if you want.
    2) you have to cut your pizza by yourself, with a knife. Then, you can use your hands, if you want.

  15. Spaghetti and meatballs are Italian!!! It's a tipical dish of Abruzzo, especially in Teramo province. Just come to Abruzzo: forti e gentili!

  16. I am italian, in my life I've worked mostly in bars and restaurants and I can assure you that we LOVE tips! Italians don't tip because they are rude and stingy, every single waiter or bartender I ever met thinks the same. We get all of our tips only from foreinger tourists and fellow waiters/bartenders. The 1,50/2€ "tip" we all pay in restaurants is a stupid old habit, it goes right in the restaurant owner's pockets, it made sense a few decades ago, but now it doesn't anymore, you basically pay more for nothing and waiters are sill paid less than they should.

  17. Tip: if you wanna buy Gucci and other luxury outfits for less go to the factory outlets located away from major cities. In Tuscany region there are at least two.

  18. Point 1: If you're not snob as many Italians try charity shops if you're in Rome (e.g. "Che c'è" and "Il mercatino"). You'll find a hell of a lot of good deals for less money than in High street shops. I'm Italian and I do that happily.

    Point 6: Try "Bergamino" in Reggio Calabria while you are in the most beautiful km of Italy (the longbeach). Bring rollerblades, skate, monoscooter, whatever you have for a nice big pavement! Just don't consume in the "lido kiosks" because they are extortionate! Try the cocktail "Bitter Giuseppe".

  19. Eating pizza with cutlery? That is, what we usually do in our country. But when I came first to Italy, the Italians said: "You have to eat it with your hands, as it's already cut for you". So, I guess, italians are not quite sure about their own "rules"…

  20. I wonder how many Italians watch videos about Italy
    It's a fact, we like to see how foreigners talk about our country and in the same time have some good time by criticizing common mistakes foreigners do. I had no good time, cause everything you said is right! Complimenti 👌🏻 dioragnopestato

  21. Coffee – milky coffees are only for breakfast. Order a latte (instead of a caffe latte) in Italy and you'll get a cup of warm milk.

  22. la pizza in Italia si può mangiare benissimo con le mani, anzi in alcune zone è visto male mangiare la pizza con coltello e forchetta


  24. Spaghetti with meatballs are a dish from southern Italy, brought by Italian immigrants to America over a hundred years ago. Here in Italy perhaps it is still in the local family tradition (Sunday lunch) or maybe in some restaurant, but only in some areas of the SOUTH. Everything you Americans eat, in Italy does not exist or does not cook like you eat it.

  25. wrong tips is coperto are 2 different things !!!! the coperto collects it to the owner while the tips go to the waiters !! and they are pleased to receive the tips !!! so dear tourists leave the tips !!!!

  26. The most important don't: Don't expect Italian staff to be nice at touristic places. Or you will be very disappointed. Most of them just hate their jobs and being rude is their way to show the world their frustration (although this behavior do not make their lives to improve).

  27. As a girl Born and raised in Bologna I just have to say that here in Bologna "spaghetti alla bolognese" don't exist!! I know that even some Italians Say that, but I'm pretty sure that they're not from Bologna because here the dish that everybody call spaghetti alla bolognese Is actually "tagliatelle al ragù"!! It's important to explain this because first of all there is a difference between the two kind of pasta, infact tagliatelle have a complitely different flavor in confront of spaghetti not only because of the shape of pasta, but also because they're made with different ingridients . My grandma got mad when She fined out that some people eat ragù with spaghetti (I'm not saying that it don't tastes good, I did once and I liked It, but it's not the traditional way we kook this dish, so the older people can get a bit concerned about that) aniway I'm sayng this just to make you know wich is the real dish here in Bologna, but I think we all should be open minded about food. The last thing I have to say is that there is actually a bolognese dish called "spaghetti alla bolognese" but it's not spaghetti with ragù like the majority of people think, but it's a dish envented a few years ago composed by spaghetti and tuna wich is the typical university's students meal (infact in Bologna there are lots of university students because the university here is good and famous for being the oldest university in Europe ). Sorry for the long comment and Sorry for my english, I'm working on It! Aniway I really like your videos!

  28. Sul serio i turisti pensano che in Italia le cose siano “cheap” o economiche ? Cazzo che manica di coglioni , fottuti americani che credono che il modo giri intorno agli States e che il resto sia terzo mondo.

  29. "non provate a vestirvi in maniera troppo appariscente perchè qui troverete anche i bambini che hanno più stile di voi" ahahahahahahahahaha

    P.S. Nel caso dei tedeschi, è verissimo: sandaloni con calzini spessi e vestitoni con fantasie e colori improbabili da nonna di Titty con tanto di coscioni cellulitici al vento….
    basta vi prego! Siete cazzotti negli occhi ambulanti!

  30. Wait wait wait…do you really think Italy is a good place where buy original italian brands in a cheaper way? Really? In the most choosy and most glamour country in the world? Guys believe me: pump up your credit cards and then come to Italy

  31. Other suggest specially for English people is the lake in italy we have some beautiul lake example maggiore is very closing to Switerland so if you want you could visit it but you can visit city like Angera Arona Stresa Luino Sesto Calende Golasecca… and you could find very beaitifull place and good food… and another things… call me

  32. Yes but spaghetti are of Italian culture(the mine) so you re wrong because you eat them with meatballs and the same thing for pizza you share one pizza together because your pizza is so large and heavy to eat ,our pizza (the original) is completely different even for the taste

  33. Ma che ti sei impazzito??? Il servizio nn è incluso nel coperto e non esiste datore che a fine serata ti darà una % sul guadagno. Col coperto paghi l' apparecchiatura, pane olio e varie. IGNORANTE!!!!

  34. 😂😂😂 gli italiani non adorano gli americani. Nessuno li adora! Ti sei dimenticato la cosa più importante, rispettate i nostri luoghi xké gli italiani possono diventare parecchio pericolosi.

  35. What does it mean you dont have to tip,
    What you said dont make sense, in NO COUNTRY you have to tip, is always up to the guest.

  36. Ci siamo autocommentati in inglese un video dedicato agli americani… e poi nell'elenco viene detto che gli italiani non parlano certo 4 lingue tra cui l'inglese 🤔

  37. Really a nice list of don'ts. Definitely agree with you. Actually i sometimes share my pizza 🍕 expecially when I really can't choose which one to order. I eat half of my own pizza and half of my boyfriend's pizza. I taste 2 pizzas and i dont have to choose.

  38. How can you americans bear eggs and bacon every day? They're very fat and you get weight and colesterol…I eat one or two eggs in a week!

  39. the word Pepperoni doesnt exist in italian !!!!!!!!!! If you order a Pepperoni pizza in italy you will receive a
    capsicum pizza because in italian peperoni (with one "P") means capsicum peppers.

  40. A BIG Tip:
    I'm from Raevenna, i'm a Ravennato, so I know how it is to live there.
    NEVER visit Ravenna during summer, it's FULL of mosquitoes.

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