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Before you head to Italy, these are ten important things that you should know
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Italian food is so much more than just pizza and pasta
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so if you plan on only eating those types of dishes when you go to Italy,
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you’re going to miss out.
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Each region of Italy has its own typical dishes
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they vary from steak to soup to seafood.
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For example when you’re visiting Florence, where I lived, you have to try
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the bisteca of Fiorentina, which is Florentin steak,
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and Lombardy, where Milan is, they love Polenta and Ossobuco.
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So if you’re visiting there you have to try those dishes.
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Branch out from the pizza and the pasta.
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You can still have that wine. They love wine in every single region.
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The train system in Italy can get you to most places,
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even though there’s some time strikes and delays, the train system in Italy is pretty good,
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so if you’re thinking of traveling around the country,
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I recommend looking into taking the train.
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You can buy a ticket to the high-speed train,
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which is super nice, especially if you go first class.
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It’s really quick and it’s really comfortable.
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It’s much easier than having to go to the airport and get on a plane.
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I’ll leave a link down in the description to the site where you can buy yourself train tickets.
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When you use the train or the bus make sure that you validate your ticket
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So if you’re taking one of the slower regional trains or if you’re going on one of the local city buses,
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you have to do what’s called validating your ticket.
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You can do this by getting it stamped in one of the yellow or green boxes at a train station,
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or getting it stamped on the bus at one of the yellow boxes. If you don’t get your ticket validated,
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you could get a fifty euro fine, and they’re super strict about it.
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So make sure you do it.
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Know a couple of key phrases in Italian!
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So I think that if you’re in another country
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It’s polite to at least try to speak a little bit of the language
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Especially things like “Please” and “Thank you”, and in Italy they’ll really appreciate it.
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And you might even get treated better.
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So three phrases that you should know before you go are:
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“Please”, “Thank you” and “Do you speak English?”
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You can say “Please” by saying “Per Favore”,
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“Grazie” is “Thank you”
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and instead of going into someplace and assuming that everybody speaks English
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It’s polite to say “Parla Inglese?”, which means “Do you speak English?”
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Everything is much slower in Italy
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and you’ll notice this mostly when you go out to eat
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So make sure you pack your patience in your luggage
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unlike what we might be used to in America or in the UK,
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you’re probably going to have to ask your server for everything
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whether that be extra water or to find out why your food is taking so long.
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There is no such thing as a quick meal in Italy,
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so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to eat, whether it be lunch or dinner
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and instead of getting frustrated with the slowness,
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just embrace it.
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You’re in Italy on vacation.
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So take a couple of hours to have lunch,
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enjoy your wine
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And just have a good time.
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Dinner is eaten pretty late in Italy
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so don’t expect to be showing up at a restaurant at 6:30 and eating a meal.
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Some places might not even be open until 7:30 or 8:00 o’clock.
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Italians will usually dinner seven o’clock on the earlier side
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or more likely nine or ten o’clock in the evening, so plan for later dinners.
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Skip the lines and just go explore instead.
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even if this trip to Italy is probably the last that you’ll ever take,
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It doesn’t mean that you should wait on line to go into all the popular galleries and museums all day
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You could spend your whole trip on line.
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so why not get out of the touristy areas instead
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and just go wander around
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You can find some really nice places to eat or
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beautiful gardens to explore.
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There’s just so much to see and a lot of it will teach you about Italy’s history anyway.
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Many shops and restaurants close between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.
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So when around that, you’re not really going to be able to have a later lunch
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and if you need to pop to the shop for something,
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it’s going to be closed to about four o’clock.
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The reason is that the Italians actually let their staff to go home and have their lunch and enjoy it.
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Also some places will be closed on Monday, since they’re open on the weekend
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so if you’re going anyplace special, like a restaurant, make sure you check to see if they’re going to be open.
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Italians dress for the season and not the weather.
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For some reason, even if it’s 95 degrees outside in April,
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Italians will still be walking around with their damn jackets on,
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just because it’s April, and it’s not supposed to be warm.
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So keep that in mind when you’re planning to pack.
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Even if it’s meant to be unseasonally warm,
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You’re gonna send out if you walk around in shorts, or sundress and sandals.
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You can’t actually hail a taxi.
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So if you need to grab a taxi when you’re in Italy,
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you probably won’t be able to just put your hand out and hail one.
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you’re going to either have to call the taxi company to request one,
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or you have to find a taxi stand where you can pick one up.
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So if you’ve had a late meal and you want to grab a taxi, just ask the hostess
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If there’s a nearby taxi stand that you can go to.
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If there isn’t they’ll probably offer to call a taxi for you.
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But make sure you have cash, which leads me into that:
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You should always have cash on you when in Italy.
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Do not expect to pay by card for everything like we do in the US or in the UK.
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Make sure you always have a good chunk of euros on you.
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Maybe like 40 or 50 just in case you pop into a shop or a restaurant that doesn’t accept card.
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And don’t assume that any tours or excursions that you’re gonna go on, will accept card too.
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So, where are you going in italy?
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Let me know down in the comments below.
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if you’re visiting Florence, that’s where I live, so I hope you enjoy it
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See you guys in the next video.