10 Things To Know When Traveling In Italy

Traveling to another country is always exciting! Not only do you get to taste the region’s food, have fun at their festivals and meet the local people, but you also get to learn more about the culture. Cultures across Europe can differ greatly, particularly from the culture in the United States. Every country speaks its own language and fosters its own traditions that date back centuries. This is especially true of the beautiful ancient country of Italy.

One of the most impressive cultural centers of Europe, Italy was the birthplace of the Renaissance and some of the world’s most loved food. Millions of people visit the country every year, exploring its wonderful cities, towns, and villages. So to prepare you, here’s ten things you should know before you go:

1. BE PREPARED TO SPEND TIME TALKING ABOUT AND EATING FOOD

Be prepared to spend time talking about and eating foodFood is in the make up of Italians. Not only do they love to cook and eat it, more than most people, they also love to talk about it. In Italy, it is certainly more about the quality of the food than it is about the quantity; they value flavor and home-cooked traditions. In Italy they make time to cook a meal and there is no excuse for not spending time enjoying it. Meals, even in the middle of the day, can last hours and include neighbors and friends for a truly special experience. Enjoy this magical foodie culture by eating with locals or in local restaurants.

2. GET READY TO EXPRESS YOUR EMOTIONS

Visitors who can’t speak the language often think that Italians argue all the time. They always appear to be so expressive and loud. However, their gestures and actions are often not what you think. Most Italians love to talk about their emotions, and so the conversation is most likely a way of resolving an issue – talking it out – rather than arguing about it. Very therapeutic!

3. FOOD IS FRESH AND USUALLY LOCAL

Food is fresh and usually localMost large grocers and almost all of the local stores you will come across in Italy will sell mostly fresh, local produce. Not only will it be organic and high-quality, but it will also be affordable. While you can find some processed food, it is not common in the Italian diet in the way that it is in the US. Expect to find fresh fruit and vegetables that are in season alongside local butchers and bakeries.

4. EXPECT TO HEAR THE TRUTH

Italians prefer not to hide their feelings. In the same way that they prefer to talk about a problem they also prefer to express how they feel about people, good or bad, to their face. This is a great thing on some levels as it means they rarely talk about people behind their back, but it can also mean hearing the truth (even when you don’t want to). Most often visitors will hear that they should be eating more, especially the slim visitors!

5. DON’T RUSH

Don't rushItalians rarely rush. They live a slow, relaxed lifestyle that really does make them happier. There is no rushing to get to work or rushing to serve people when they are at work. Expect to wait longer, but expect the people you meet to be extremely happy! What would you rather?

6. YOU CAN SPOT THEIR IMPECCABLE DRESS SENSE

Italy has always exported some of the world’s greatest fashions – with a clear edge over the rest of the world. As you explore the country’s stunning cities and even smaller towns you will notice that style is a very important part of life. Most Italians will always make an impressive effort to look great. If you want a piece of the action head to the shopping capitals of Milan and Rome, where you can find all of Italy’s most famous designers on offer.

7. YOU WILL OFTEN SEE ROMANCE BLOOMING

You will often see romance bloomingNot only is Italy a romantic country for visitors, with its ancient buildings, cobbled streets and exceptional food, Italy is also inherently romantic. Most Italians value courting and spend time and effort wining and dining “the one” for months. For ancient romance visit Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s timeless play Romeo and Juliet.

8. YOU MAY FEEL A LITTLE CLAUSTROPHOBIC

Italians are very affectionate and do not worry as much as Americans about personal space. Not only this, but their cities are more compact, with winding alleys and petite plazas that are the places of parties and restaurants. Expect to touch a few people a day and don’t expect to hear a “sorry”; it’s not worth it as it happens all the time. Don’t even worry about it!

9. YOU CAN’T LEAVE WITHOUT AN APERITIVO

You can't leave without an aperitivoNo other country in Europe truly celebrates the aperitivo (the afternoon drink and snack) like Italy does. Try to get into a place at around 6pm to take full advantage of the evening buffet and be ready for a late night dinner, Italian style.

 

10. FORGET ABOUT ICE

It may be common to include ice in almost every drink in the US, but this is simply not the Italian way. Ice isn’t always served in cold drinks, and if you do want some you will probably only get one or two cubes, not a whole glassful… It’s just the way it is! Think of the positives, you are certainly getting more of the drink you ordered – the Italian way!

ENJOYING ITALIAN CULTURE AND TRADITIONS

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Use our helpful list of 10 Things to Know When Traveling in Italy to get a better understanding of what to expect during your next vacation. Blend in, and get local insider info about the best off-the-beaten path attractions, restaurants, and hidden gems, when you show respect and understanding to Italian customs and traditions.

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Travel Product Review – Palmate Travel Pillow

I’m a regular air traveller and have been for a very long time. I have the very good fortune of being able to sleep and/or nap quite easily on any flight – be it 1 hour or 12 hours. I’ve also never owned a travel pillow – until now.

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Palmate Travel Pillow – What Makes It Different?

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Favorite Motocross Tracks in the World

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Fans of different sports and activities are always looking for ways to get new thrills and experiences. Sometimes, it can seem that you’ve done and seen it all, and then you discover a new location that you haven’t yet tried, and you get completely blown away. Some are so involved into their activities that they are willing to travel across the world to get to a location where they can have new experiences. It’s no different with motocross lovers, and if you’re one of them, then here are the worlds’ best motocross tracks to try out:

Spring Creek

This U.S. road is familiar to every American motocross fan. It is one of the best tracks for one simple reason: the design is amazing. It has something for everyone: turns, drops and wide spaces all allow you to take on the competition by showcasing your best side and there is an opportunity for everyone to show their abilities. It’s been home to plenty of U.S. competitions and it continues to be the staple of adventure travel in the U.S.

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Sevlievo

This little village in Bulgaria might not be the most exciting location – until you get to the track, that is. However, once you get on it, you won’t want to leave. It’s one of the Balkan’s best tracks and it’s not hard to see why. The thrills it provides are like no other and you will want to come back to it day after day.

Baumgartner Trails

Let’s go into nature next. This forest is not only good for camping, but it is ideal for hitting the tracks. Unlike the previously mentioned short tracks, this Idaho forest offers hundreds of miles for you to ride on. Since it’s a long ride, and you’re going to need a lot of time to be able to finish it, you will want to make sure you have all of your essential motocross accessories so that you are prepared for anything that comes your way. End of summer is the best time to visit, because the snow has melted off even at the highest altitudes and you’ll be able to see the forest tracks in all of their beauty.

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Oceano Dunes

Here’s something unique and new: Oceano dunes – formerly known as Pismo Beach – are the perfect sandy surface for you to ride on and enjoy the views. It’s a perfect place for a family vacation because, besides the tracks to ride on, you can set up camp and enjoy a plethora of activities like swimming, fishing and even surfing. You can also go horseback riding if two- and four-wheelers aren’t your thing.

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Hatfield-McCoy Trails

These staple west Virginian tracks are popular among locals and tourists alike. They include eight small trail systems, and all together form over 700 miles of trail which are perfect for every level of expertise. Whether you’re a veteran looking for a challenge or a novice looking to visit your first track, the Hatfield-McCoy is a right choice for you. Along every trail there are hotels, rental homes and even camping sites. The towns surrounding the trails are small historical sites where you can learn a lot about the seven counties that the tracks go through.

Whenever you are going to a new place, remember to bring all your gear and to learn about the place in advance, perhaps looking at some POV videos and reading about people’s experiences online. Not every track is for everyone, so you want to make sure you are at the right place for you. Stay safe on the roads and make sure you are always in prime condition to drive before you go onto a jumpy track.

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