Traditions and customs Italy

Traditions and customs Italy

Parties and festivals

In Italy, religious festivities dot the civil calendar. Each locality has its patron saint and does not fail to honor him, each district has its protector and each church its dedicatee.
In the North, there are also carnivals as well as all the events in the form of historical reconstructions. Let's add the many festivals, such as the opera festival in Verona ...
In the South, Holy Week is the occasion for very lively processions and ceremonies, inherited from the Spanish occupation. But there are also secular festivals, such as carnivals.

And let's not forget the Journélà.

That is, tours (guided or not), exhibitions and demonstrations (including many concerts). This can be an opportunity to visit a place or a church that is usually closed to the public. This program is reminiscent of the Heritage Days in France.

Know-how and customs

- Italians have the habit in the morning to swallow a coffee and croissant on zinc instead of taking their time in front of a hearty breakfast.

- If you want to have a little coffee or a cappuccino at the counter, like many Italians, you will first have to pay and present the receipt (ticket) before they can consume.

- Do not forget the small 10 cts coin when you advance your ticket on the counter for an espresso, otherwise the wait may be longer.

- You will pass for a tourist if you order un cappuccino after 11 a.m..

- In most hotels, a cord - indicated by a discreet sign - hangs along the wall of the shower or bathtub. A safety device imposed by law, in case of discomfort: a pull triggers a ringtone at reception. But given the number of customers who think it's the ventilation cord, or even a clothesline ... it's pretty rare for someone to bother to move.

- In the works.

- He pisolino (nap) has been part of Italian traditions since Antiquity (especially strong in the south of the country). Especially in summer, the city falls asleep after lunch. The shops are closing, the traffic slows down and the 6th hour workers (sexta hora, who gave "nap") are the exception. The wisest thing, after all, would be for the visitor to follow this reputedly restorative rhythm for the mind and body.

- The walk (the walk). In the South, between 18 p.m. and 20 p.m., the main street swells with an extraordinary crowd that goes up and down it in an unchanging rite. We see and we are seen, dressed in the latest fashion clothes, while greeting and staring. For the foreign observer, it is one of the most evocative images of city life and especially village life, the picturesque on a spree, in a way! The street is above all a social place to exchange the latest news.

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