7 useful Italian travel phrases

Published 11th August 2014
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So you have booked your dream holiday in Italy. You can’t wait to stroll down intricate pebbled streets, eat delicious, fresh and carb-heavy food and soak up the sun. But there are a few things you may want to know before you leave – 7 useful Italian travel phrases and tips that will make your holiday truly perfect and blissful.

Conto: the bill. You have just had a delicious meal of creamy linguine with sun-drenched tomatoes, with fragrant olive oil and tangy parmesan, and now it’s time to ask for the bill. Il conto, per favore! Remember that you don’t have to leave a tip, but a small service charge (coperto) may be added to your bill.

Bancomat: cash point. Credit card payment isn’t very common in Italy, and most small restaurants and cafés won’t accept cards. It’s a good idea to always have some cash on you – or know how to ask for the closest bancomat.

Timbrare: to validate. When you buy a travel card or ticket, you’ll have to validate it as soon as you get onto the bus or tram – don’t forget, or you’ll incur a multa.

Multa: fine, or ticket in the case of parking or speeding tickets. You should be careful with ZTL (zona a traffico limitato, limited traffic zone), as only people with permits are allowed to drive through them.

Buon Appetito: bon appetit, an expression that is almost compulsory before diving into a plate of fritto misto (fried fish and seafood).

Cin Cin: cheers, this onomatopoeia resembles the sound of glasses clinking when toasting to a wonderful holiday.

Albergo: despite the fact that the word hotel is commonly used, albergo is the traditional Italian word you may come across while travelling. If you are on a tight budget you may want to look for a ostello, a hostel.

Are you ready for your vacanza?

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