Tuscan traditions and customs
Know-how and customs
- Italians are used in the morning to be satisfied with a coffee and a croissant on the zinc plate instead of a hearty breakfast.
- The bottle of mineral water is systematically offered, resulting in a supplement of 1 to 3 €.
- 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.
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- You will pass for a tourist if you order a cappuccino after 11am.
- La pasta is an integral part of the meal, which is eaten as a primi, before the main course, but it has become increasingly rare for an Italian to eat it at every meal.
- An Italian consumes an average of 100 scoops of ice cream per year and per person, in a country that produces 6,8 billion ice cream during the same period. European record!
- In all hotels, there is someone at the reception ...
- In the works. Slide the coin into the slot, it lights up, and all of a sudden, all the tourists visiting the church in the dark come up. The magician is you!
- Nap (il pisolino) has been part of Italian traditions since Antiquity (particularly in the south of the country). Especially in summer, the city falls asleep after lunch. Shops are closing, traffic slows down and 6th hour workers (siesta comes from sexta hora) are the exception. This custom, however, tends to disappear.
- The passegiata: one of the most evocative images is undoubtedly this custom from the South. The passeggiata (literally “the walk”) is the little tour that Italians take arm in arm at the end of the day, just before sunset. It is also the time of day when the line in front of the glaciers lengthens visibly.
- Traditional songs: less known in France than Corsican songs, polyphonic Tuscan songs are no less beautiful! Groups, mixed or not (this can be reduced to a simple duet), usually accompanied by an accordion - in the past it was the lute, the viol or the bagpipe (zampogna or surdulina) -, come together to sing ballads (ballate), narrative texts (cantastory), songs with verses (stornelli) or rhymes (filastroce).