1. Cultural Sensitivity:

Italians appreciate politeness and courtesy. Learn a few basic Italian phrases, be mindful of local customs, and remember to greet people with a friendly "buongiorno" (good morning) or "buonasera" (good evening) and “Grazie” thank you. Nearly all Italians appreciate your effort to learn their language and they are very helpful.

2. Cash and Cards:

While credit cards are widely accepted, it's a good idea to carry some cash, especially in smaller towns and markets. Notify your bank about your travel dates to avoid any issues with card transactions. At most ATMS you can withdraw cash if you have the cirrus symbol on your card. The Euro is the currency of Italy.

3. Dress Modestly for Churches:

When visiting churches and religious sites, ensure that your attire is modest. It's common to cover shoulders and knees, and some places may provide cover-ups if needed. Remove your hats.

4. Carry 50C/1 Euro Coins

Many tourist sites you need to pay to use the bathroom, we suggest have a few 50c and 1 euro coins handy just in case.

5. Phone access

Some Australian carriers offer a daily international roaming rate. However, you can also use e-sims for compatible phones which allow you internet access and wi-fi calling.

6. Mealtimes in Italy are quite different to what we are used to in Australia.

Breakfast is eaten between 8am and 11am and is usually very light. Lunch is served between 12:30pm and 2pm and usually includes pasta and/or protein with salad or vegetables. Aperitivo – a light pre dinner snack eaten between 5pm and 8pm. Dinner is not served until at least 8pm until 10:30pm and is generally a bit heavier than lunch.

7. Shops and attractions are often closed in the middle of the day

1pm-4pm for a ‘riposo’ – mid afternoon break. On Sundays most stores are closed.

8. Tipping in Italy

Tipping in Italy is not expected. This applies to all situations. If there is an example of exemplary service, we as a tour leader will be giving a tip on behalf of the group.