“When in Rome do as the Romans.”

Travel tips from “The Swide” to survive a decent holiday in Italy.

Don’t we know them all? The tourists? Those who do behave like being in their home country? Without adapting to the travel destinations culture? When it comes to Italy it gets a little more special due to the fact: Italy is full with Italians. And they stick to their culture. Wether it is the language, though in the big tourist cities people DO speak english, or the food.

Number one: yes! Happened during a visit in Assisi. I completely forgot about and had to “enjoy” the Cathedral wearing a super gross BLACK piece of what-so-ever-plastic scarf. Note to myself: when visiting a church cover your shoulders. No matter how hot it is out- and inside.

Number two: This may be true to some destinations but if you visit e.g. Napoli, Rome and for sure Tuscany you´ll find a lot of people fluent in english. Though a little italian here and there helps.

Number three: true true true. But Supermarkets are opened nearly 24/7. Even on Sundays you can do your shopping till 8pm.

Number four: HaH! I would love to find cabs here in Bergamo. Another point is (sorry to mention this but it happens): please inform before about the prices from destination A to B. Some cab drivers are still trying to charge more to tourists. But this happened to me also in Vienna and Munich (and even in Salzburg speaking italian while driving into the city).

Number five: Due to the latest news after a football match the lists needs to be completed with: *don’t through beer bottles into fountains and *don’t spray graffiti.

Number six: Or let´s call it: how to survive until the restaurant opens again? Search a proper Aperitivo Bar! Apo-Time is from 6pm onwards and the bars serve some nibbles and bits with your drink. This is one of the best inventions ever! In my personal point of view. But please don’t behave like a tourist and shovel tons of food onto your plate. Simply enjoy some little treats with your aperetivo. Always fun when we have people visiting and they go like: wow! The whole buffet is for free?

Number seven, eight and nine: Italian table manners are a story of their own but the most important thing is: sometimes the spaghetti wants to be alone.

Number ten: Get into the flow and all runs smooth.



Don’t we all know them?!

I am sure we all know at least one person who seems to be glued onto their mobile phone. So how to deal with them? Here are some advices.

Well advice number one is very effective. But on the other hand do we really treat our friends like that? I am talking about real good friends. And then there is the same question the other way round: do real friends treat YOU like that?

Number two sounds like a very kind solution. Since there are busy people and sometimes they really need to check mail boxes. I am fine with that. Considering Facebook, Instagram or messages not as professional though.

Number three: honestly I am too lazy for this strategy. And I usually never have my mobile phone nearby when hosting guests, apart from using it as a timer.

Number four and five: yes and yes. It might seem a bit over the top to the guest but think about this: Your host spent time, energy and also money to cook for you. So please just leave your devices in your bags. In case a really important business project needs to be finished during a Friday or Saturday evening tell your host. And excuse in advance.

Keep your phone in your bag!