Etiquette and tips in Italy

Ristorante da Mimmo, Sicily, Italy

Traditions are very important for Italians, who are very sociable in principle. Certain degree of relationship exists between generations. It is appropriate to salute the same age or younger friends with the word Ciao (hello, can be used on arrival and on departure), the older ones you can welcome with a word Piacere (means Pleased to meet you), Buon Giorno

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What is the currency in Italy?


On January 1, 2002 a new currency was put into circulation – Euro, which became the national currency of 12 Member States of the European Union. The new single currency Euro replaced the legacy currencies of the countries Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. Now it is official currency of 27 countries. Photo

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Opening hours in Italy

opening hours

A typical Italian working day begins at 8.00 or 9.00 and lasts to 13.00, when is the time for siesta, and then continue from 15.00 to 18.00 or 19.00. Usual working days are Monday to Friday. Ordinary working day that is known in the northern countries of Europe, ie from 9.00 to 17.00 (in Italian “orario continuato”) with an hour

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Italian Language

Italian language

The official language is Italian belonging to a group of Romance languages, but in the most tourist centres they speak English and German without any problems. Every Italian, however, will be delighted to hear that you understand a few basic Italian words and phrases. They begin to treat you differently just because they see that you are interested in their

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Public holidays in Italy

Festa della Repubblica, Italian holidays

In these days used to be closed state industrial enterprises, offices, shops and other services: 1st January – New Year’s Day (Capodanno) 6th January – Epiphany (Epifania) 25th April – Anniversary of Liberation (Anniversario della Liberazione) 1st May – International Workers’ Day (Festa del Lavoro or Festa dei Lavoratori) 2nd June – Foundation of the Italian Republic (Festa della Repubblica)

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