Planning to go on Central Italy tours? about it’s important to learn about local customs and traditions as well as some nifty tips and tricks and insider information that can help you make the most out of your experience. Italy has long been a popular tourist hub because of its wondrous sights and historic landmarks, not to mention its exceptional food and world-class wines. These, however, only scratch the surface of what Italy is all about. Here, we let you in on some exciting secrets about the country:
- Heritage sites galore
Italy may be small, but it has a large concentration of UNESCO recognized World Heritage Sites. including the Roman ruins, there is a total of 53 different world heritage sites throughout Italy—the most out of any other country in the world.
- Spooky island
The Venetian Lagoon has many well-kept secrets, among which is a haunted island right between Lido and Venice. The island used to be a lazaretto or quarantine station for the plague-infected back in the 18th and 19th
- Gigantic truffles
Some of the biggest truffles can be found in Central Italy, particularly in Umbria where the world’s largest white truffle—weighing a whopping 1.89 kg—was found. It’s a bizarre treasure worthy of a world record and is symbolic of Italy’s rich cuisine.
- Thirsty for wine?
The Dora Sarchese vineyard in the Abruzzo region features a wine fountain that allows red wine to flow on tap, round the clock.
- Cover up.
If you plan on entering churches, best learn about dress codes, which are very strictly enforced in many sites. To be safe, avoid midriffs, bare shoulders and/or knees when visiting churches or carry with you a scarf to cover up.
- Skip tipping
Unlike in the US, tipping isn’t customary in Italy; in fact, it might even be considered offensive.
- Caught by the dead hour?
Many businesses and stores close for an extended lunch hour, commonly referred to as riposo, which typically comes between 12 and 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Best take with you some refreshments to sustain you in your tour in case you find yourself hungry/thirsty during riposo hours.
With these insider trips, you are readier than ever to go on your Central Italy tours with the added bonus of some useful trivia that will definitely come handy as you explore the cities.