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February 2, 2016

What do you know about the birds and the peas? Read this eyebrow lifting blog from Tonia Parronchi.


Did you know how easy it is to get yourself into trouble when speaking another language or visiting another country? I have lived in Italy for almost 26 years now and I have learnt to avoid most of the usual traps for unsuspecting tourists, or expressions that seem innocent in English but have a completely different meaning in Italian. So, here is a quick guide to help future visitors out.

Always carry a document with you. You can be asked to show a valid document to prove who you are at any time. Italians do not go out without identification. If you are driving you need your driving licence. If you are just wandering around make sure you have a passport or identity card with you.

Unless you want to pay extra, never sit down outside a bar, ice cream parlour or restaurant. A coffee drunk at the bar will…

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