Tipping: Tipping is not required in restaurants. Cabs and personal services are ok. For instance, you may tip the chef at the villa if you find it appropriate.
Il coperto charge: This is a “cover charge” that will appear on the bottom of your receipt. Usually just a few Euros.
Splitting bills: Italians are not very flexible when splitting your bill. Make every attempt to pay your friends back through Venmo or cash and avoid an annoyed waiter.
Church Dress Code: Cover bare shoulders and knees when entering a church Churches such as St. Peters Basilica in Rome, the Duomo in Florence, and St. Mark’s in Venice have strictly enforced dress codes. Basically no bare shoulders, midriffs, or knees. And while there isn’t a doorkeeper at every single church in Italy, these are still places of worship and you should be respectful when entering them. It’s a good idea to always carry a scarf.
Riposo: Like siesta in Spain, Italians also take a break in the middle of the day. Riposo is Italy’s midday siesta. From 1-4 p.m. you can expect to find many shops and restaurants closed. Italians like to take time in the afternoon to go home, have lunch, and relax with family before heading back out to do business.
Coffee: Standing at the bar is cheaper than sitting down. So order your cappuccino (ONLY BEFORE NOON) al banco (at the counter) and enjoy it standing with the rest of the crowd!
Would you like pepperoni on your pizza? Pepperoni means sweet peppers in Italian. If you want American pepperoni, order a pizza with salami picanti (spicy salami).