As the premier country for food, wine, and great beaches in Southern Europe, Italy represents a cultural adventure that needs to be on every traveller’s bucket list. You have likely seen videos and photographs of the ancient Roman architecture or observed stereotypes of the country’s people on television. However, seeing the country for yourself is the only way to truly discover what Italy is all about.
Being confident in your ability to navigate the culture and the country with ease is essential. You will get far more out of your stay if you know what to expect before you arrive. To this end, running through a list of things you need to consider before getting on the next plane to Italy is a wise use of your time.
As the premier country for food, wine, and great beaches in Southern Europe, Italy represents a cultural adventure that needs to be on every traveller’s bucket list.
Let’s take a closer look at some things you need to do to prepare for your Italian explorations.
Purchase Travel Insurance From A Credible Provider
Before heading out on your trip to Italy, or anywhere, make sure that your travels are covered by a policy from a credible insurance provider. Knowing that your luggage can be reimbursed if lost or delayed and being confident that any missed flights or accidents that happen can be accounted for is a great way to put your mind at ease.
Know Some Of The Cultural Nuances
Italians have some cultural norms that can take some adjusting for Australians visiting for the first time. Many of these revolve around the difference between more reserved cultures and more affectionate cultures. Be sure to brush up on these so you are not taken aback when you notice them.
For one, it is very common to greet everyone in Italy with two kisses, one on each cheek. This goes whether you or the other person is a man or a woman, a stranger or a close friend. Affection is commonplace in Italy, so be sure to be ready for this potential invasion of your personal space before heading to the country.
Another cultural difference that can be shocking for those who are familiar with a British-style queuing system is the Italian attitude towards lining up. In Italy, queues form in a very loose fashion that does not resemble a line at all. You may have to fight to place your order at a fast-food restaurant, for example. Do not be too worried about being impolite but remember to readjust to your familiar ways when returning to Australia.
Brush Up On Your Italian
Out of respect to the Italian people, it is worthwhile to learn a bit of Italian before heading to the country. The Romance language is one of the easiest languages for native speakers of English to learn, so there is no excuse for not being familiar with the basics. Italians love to make small talk and are not usually in too much of a hurry. They are usually more than willing to help out foreigners and will appreciate it if you make the effort to try out your language skills. Take advantage of these norms to practice some Italian and potentially make a new friend.
No matter where you go in Italy, you are sure to find great food and wine served with hospitality.
More To Explore
Whether your plans for Italy are part of a short stay or extended adventure, make sure to explore some of the finest and most interesting things the country has to offer. No matter where you go in the country, you are sure to find great food and wine served with hospitality.
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