Italy is a very popular country to visit which is perhaps no surprise given the amount of things it has to offer. It's food, drink and climate are enough of a draw in themselves. It might be that you have visited Italy a lot in the past or it might be that you are still yet to visit. Either way, take a look at this list of five things that you might not have known about this fantastic country.
1. Tipping is not required and it can actually sometimes be considered offensive.
Sometimes, even if you leave a tip the restaurant owner will run down the road after you saying that you forgot your change. It's not worth even trying to tip so I wouldn't even bother in the first place.
2. Make sure you have cash on you
In many countries around the world, and especially in places like the US and UK, it is now perfectly normal to rarely carry cash on you. You tend to use your debit or credit card most of the time. In Italy this is a no no. Most places just take cash and you need to get into the habit of carrying cash around with you.
3. Go to the tobacco shop to buy your bus ticket
Sometimes the bus ticket machine just isn't working (in fact you would be surprised just quite how often this happens!) but don't fear. You can buy your ticket from the tobacco shop. Make sure you buy your ticket before you travel as otherwise your travel will be invalid and you will be thrown off.
4. When in Church, don't have bare shoulders or knees.
When you enter a church, make sure you cover up your knees and your shoulders, otherwise it is considered disrespectful. It tends to be good to carry a scarf with you.
5. Pepperoni means sweet peppers
In Italian, if you see pepperoni it means sweet peppers. If you want the meat product, it issalami picanti.
So, there you have it. Five things that are important to remember when you are in Italy. Have a great trip when you go!