My name is Thauna and I am addicted to buying books about Italy.
Shocked?? I didn’t think you would be. I have more than I can possibly read before my trip in 3 months and 5 days. (Thanks handy countdown in my sidebar.)
The first step is admitting you have a problem, right?
**Note: adding some important things I’ve learned so far after a long-winded comment below:
Let’s see, so far I’ve learned:
- It’s frowned upon to order a cappuccino after noon or after you eat.
- Balsamic vinegar involves a very lengthy process.
- L’Aperitivo helps stimulate your appetite ( don’t think that will be a problem) and digestivo is for after dinner. Both have alcohol in them.
- There are four different types of police officers in various and colorful uniforms.
- The custom of sugared almonds as a wedding favor started in Italy with Le Bomboniere…which is quite an elaborate party favor. It signifies prosperity and fertility.
- Soccer is a religion.
- Watch out for dishes and household items flying out the windows in Napoli (Naples) on New Year’s Eve.
- Look for the oranges with wrappers (and save them). They are an old custom and still can be found here and there, ask the seller if you really want a wrapped one and it’s in the middle of a big pyramid…you may have to buy a few to get it. And you might want to mention you want the wrapper so they don’t rip it off to check the fruit.
- Buy some ceramics.
- And you may see a Chiuso (closed) sign when you least expect it.
- Oh and only use the informal “tu” when you’ve been told it’s acceptable…until then stick to Lei (you).
I’m only on page quarantasei (46). So much to learn!