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  • Italy: food etiquette

    • In Italy, drink a cappuccino only before noon.
      Some Italians say that a late-day cappuccino upsets your stomach, others that it's a replacement for a meal (it's common to have just a cappuccino, or a cappuccino and a croissant, for breakfast). Either way, you won't see Italians ordering one in a café at 3 p.m. — and certainly not after a big dinner. Do so, and you'll be instantly branded a tourist. If you need that coffee fix, though, an espresso is fine.

      Also, don't ask for parmesan for your pizza — or any other time it's not explicitly offered.
      Putting parmigiano on pizza is seen as a sin, like putting Jell-O on a fine chocolate mousse. And many pasta dishes in Italy aren't meant for parmesan: In Rome, for example, the traditional cheese is pecorino, and that's what goes on many classic pastas like bucatini all'amatriciana, not parmesan. A rule of thumb: If they don't offer it to you, don't ask for it.
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  • Tickets to the Vatican

    • I recommend to purchase tickets online in advance, so you can skip the line. Otherwise you will have to wait for nearly an hour!
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