Things to Consider
Visas: None (If staying in Italy / other Schengen states for less than 90 days in 180 day period) Check Schengen states HERE
Safety: Be aware of pickpockets and scams, the usual. Don’t be an idiot.
Always check beforehand. Information can change so make sure you’re checking yourself for up to date information on Visas, vaccinations, and safety recommendations from your government! US citizens can check HERE
Ice Breakers: Fun Facts
- Stendhal syndrome (also known as hyperkulturemia) is dizziness caused by being overwhelmed by Florence’s fantastic art.
- Around 3000 Euros worth of change is found in the Trevi fountain each day. It is collected and given to charity
- At 50, Italy has the most Unesco World Heritage sites out of any country in the world.
- Anyone convicted of killing a cat – owned or a stray – could face a €10,000 fine and up to 3 years in prison.
- In 2005 Rome passed a law banning goldfish as pets and outlawing fishbowls due to animal cruelty
- In Milan you are required by law to smile (unless in a hospital or at a funeral)
Deal breakers: Faux Paus
- Do not break long pasta in half when cooking it
- Do not cut your pasta when eating it
- Do not modify an Italian recipe and then still call it the same thing plus or minus whatever change you made. Ex. Carbonara with peas. “YOU CAN’T CALL IT CARBONARA BECAUSE CARBONARA DOESN’T HAVE PEAS!!”
- Do not put pineapple on pizza
- Cappuccinos are only for the morning, NO exceptions
in Pop Culture
Movies: Life is Beautiful– Nominated for 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture and took home 3, including Best Actor Roberto Benigni
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri- Enough said.
The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi- You may have heard of this one too
Music: Pavarotti. Opera did, after all, start in Italy. Pavarotti is an iconic and arguably the most famous tenor.