Being able to travel and visit the most remote places on our planet is truly awesome. However, wherever you go, it is important to remember to respect not only the local people, but also the very places you are visiting. Internet users from different countries talked about the habits of tourists that annoy and confuse them. They hope that discussing these problems will solve at least some of them.
We at smartzune.com totally support the idea of respect and peace all around the world. So, we want you to use this information to help you avoid awkward situations abroad and remind you of how to behave responsibly in everything you do.
- No, we don’t have pineapple pizza, fettuccine alfredo, spaghetti with meatballs, or other American stuff that is thought to be Italian. It is not. Deal with it. Many apologies.
No, we’re not all related to the Mafia. 99.5% of Italians have nothing to do with it and struggle with it every day, hearing about corrupted politicians, and complaining about their own country has become their national hobby.
Don’t expect the Italians to speak fluent English: guys, Italy is a Latin country. Italian has been used as a lingua franca for ages. It is the language of poetry, art, and classical music and we’re very proud of it. We’re aware that English is a world language, but you can’t pretend we speak it as fluently as the Dutch, for example.
- Dear tourists, remember this information. We have 3 lanes: one for pedestrians, one for bikes, and one for cars. Please, before you stop to take photos or drop your giant luggage on the road, spend one second to find out which lane you are in. Bikes are the main way of transportation here and we like to ride fast. So, if you don’t want to be run over at a high speed, please, check the road signs. © Andreas Rosendahl Hansen
- Foreigners, in particular, Americans, are really convinced that every conversation with an Italian must be conducted with this hand-gesture. This gesture means, “What do you want?” and cannot be used in every single conversation. It won’t make sense. Stop it. © Gianmarco Prete