5 Italian lifestyle habits you’ll immediately love

When traveling in a new country you can notice the differences and the common points with your culture. Then there are customs, traditions or simply particular habits that may seem strange or, on the contrary, are close to your being and you would also like to adopt.

Here are all those Italian habits to put into practice immediately if you spend time in one of its fantastic cities (including Rome!)

Gesticulate

It’s the Italian habit par excellence: they can communicate a lot with gestures, sometimes without needing to add any words. Have you ever tried to say “go away”, “come”, “are you crazy” just with one hand? There are gestures of all kinds, expressing different feelings and moods such as fear, shame, pride and happiness. Italians use more than 250 gestures. So you must learn some of them as soon as possible!

Be “affectionate”

Italians hug and kiss to greet each other or to give their best wishes; they shake hands to congratulate, they give you a pat on the back as encouragement. They are certainly very “tactile” and you don’t have to be embarrassed about this. If you don’t know someone very well, you keep a certain distance: but if you are quite close, a kiss on the cheek to ask “How are you?” is a must!

Go out for a walk in the city center

In Italy you can go out even just for a walk downtown, in order to look at the shop windows or to meet people. It’s a way to socialize and have a chat.

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Eating together

Italians always eat together. In family, with friends, with relatives. Every opportunity is good to share a lunch or a dinner: sometimes it is normal to organize even at the last moment, without a formal invitation. 

Take a coffee break

Coffee is a symbol of Italian culture: it’s probably a part of life. It’s perfect for every kind of break. Everywhere and anyway. But never have a cappuccino in the afternoon: this is a rule!

Rome, despite being a big city, still keeps many of the genuine and traditional aspects of a town. Romans still go to the market, they know each other in the same neighborhood and they often go out just to admire the beauty of their city.

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5 reasons to fall in love with Rome

Beyond the beauty and its wonderful monuments. There are some aspects of Rome that will make you fall in love with the Eternal City: not only its magnificence, but also the habits and customs of those who live there. Because Rome is always a great surprise and experiencing the city means being able to appreciate what makes it unique.

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JOY

“Dear” and “darling” are very common words to greet those you know, even if you are not close friends: in a shop, at the hairdresser’s, at the bakery. If you are having a bad day, don’t worry: there is always someone who makes you smile with a joke or a nice word.

FUN

There is always something to do. An event, an exhibition, a concert, a theatre, a special evening in a club, a new restaurant to try: in Rome you do not risk getting bored. Never!

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DISCOVERY

From Rome you can reach many beautiful places: it is close to the sea, the lakes and the mountains. In addition to the surroundings of the city and the many cities of Lazio,  you can choose Abruzzo, Tuscany, Umbria and Campania for your trips. Florence, Milan and Bologna are easily reachable by train. You only have to decide where to go!

WEATHER

The weather is truly enviable. Winter is usually mild, spring is a triumph of colors and scents, autumn is a bit cooler than summer and summer is very hot, but you can go to the beach or choose one of the many pools open in the city. The sun often shines so bright and Rome with the sun is wonderful!

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CHOICE

There are so many shops to choose from for shopping: there are deals on every corner. From the most popular brands to craft shops. And the choice also concerns food: starred restaurants, but also traditional restaurants, pubs, street food and pizzerias. Every desire can be easily satisfied.

 

“In Rome it seems as if there were so many things which are more wanted in the world than pictures.” George Eliot

An interesting day trip from Rome: Cerveteri and Ladispoli

A pretty town about 40 kilometers from Rome, that you can reach by bus or by train. A medieval center to explore by foot, discovering all its characteristic alleys. But Cerveteri is also famous for The National Archaeological Museum and its amazing Necropolis, a precious archaelogical site to find Etruscan ruins. The Banditaccia Necropolis is one of the World Heritage Sites in Italy and the most impressive in the Mediterranean world.

Day trip from Rome

Here you can visit well-preserved monumental tombs and find out more about Etruscan traditions and customs. A unique experience, combining archaeological finds with a luxuriant nature. A small journey into the history that has characterized this area and another opportunity to enrich your holiday in Rome from an artistic and cultural point of view.

Day trip from Rome

But Cerveteri also has another peculiarity. It overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea and so it is a perfect place to visit even in Summer. From here you can reach famous seaside places, often visited by Romans, such as Marina di Cerveteri, Ladispoli, Santa Severa and Santa Marinella. The beaches of black sand – a coloration given by the large quantities of various iron minerals – offer the possibility of relax and fun, thanks to the numerous bars, restaurants and bars present along the coast but also to facilities that allow you to practice some sports water.

The view from the center of Cerveteri

Ladispoli, in particular, is famous for the Roman artichoke: an excellence of this area that is celebrated with a festival in the month of April. Thanks to its splendid views, Ladispoli has also been used as a film set in several Italian films.

Spending a day in these places means discovering another aspect of the Roman territory. Equally fascinating but less chaotic,where you can enjoy an authentic and genuine city life.

Cerveteri

The surroundings of Rome offer many possibilities for different but awesome day trips: read what to see in Bracciano, Calcata, Ostia Antica and Bomarzo!

The best street food in Rome

Street food? Yes, please!
You cannot spend time in Rome without tasting its delicious street food. You can eat well even if you don’t have much time and it can satisfy all tastes.
The choice is really wide: pizza, panini, supplì and desserts. But please, don’t expect lightness!

PIZZA

Pizza bianca with mortadella is a must. But you can also eat pizza “scrocchiarella” (crunchy pizza), Pizza margherita or with salami, vegetables, ham: it’s always delicious! One of the places to taste it is the Antico Forno Roscioli, near Campo De’Fiori, but you can also choose one of the many bakeries in the city to indulge yourself with a moment of pure pleasure.

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SUPPLÌ

Filled with rice, tomato sauce and mozzarella: the delicious supplì is typical of Roman cuisine. You can taste it from Supplizio in via dei Banchi Vecchi, near Piazza Navona. Or at the Casa del supplì in Piazza Re di Roma or Trastevere.
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FRIED ZUCCHINI FLOWERS

An authentic delight, made with anchovies. Fried zucchini flowers are very popular with the Romans and can be found at Il cartoccio situated in Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 200, close to Largo Argentina and Piazza Navona. A not-to-be-missed recipe!
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PANINO WITH PORCHETTA

In Rome you can find panini filled with various kinds of cold cuts. But the king of the Roman street food is certainly the panino with the roast pork from Ariccia, a typical product of this town in the famous Castelli Romani. You can find this delight at “Er Buchetto“, near the Termini station, where it is possible to eat it together with a glass of red wine.
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MARITOZZO CON LA PANNA

A sweet sandwich, filled with cream: the idea is already exciting! The maritozzo con la panna is typical of Rome and can be found in several patisseries. One of the best known places to go and try it is “Dar Maritozzaro” (via Ettore Rolli, 50) in Trastevere.
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TIRAMISU’

It was not born as street food, but the one from Pompi is the best tiramisu of the city and you can find it in single portions to take away. Also available in strawberry and pistachio flavours, it is excellent as a sweet snack after having visited the whole city centre.
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In Rome food is a serious matter and street food is certainly not an exception!
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And if you want to taste even the most famous dishes of Roman cuisine, take a look at this list!