Dramatic news last week with the the city of Genoa announcing that travelers departing from Genoa’s Cristoforo Colombo airport are now permitted up to 500 milliliters (about 2 cups) per passenger in carry-on baggage, thwarting otherwise strict rules prohibiting liquids, creams, gels and oils. Anxious travelers can now breathe a sigh of relief not to have their precious pesto cargo confiscated, provided it is authentic Genovese pesto, certified for authenticity and safety for a “fee” of €.50 Euro cents. Happily, the fees are donated to charity.
Fortunately Italy is a welcoming country, happy for its visitors and proud of its own fine culture. No need to worry that you might not fit in like a local, but here here a few gentle suggestions or cautions to avoid awkward or embarrassing situations.
• Don’t picnic (eat or drink) at the sites like monuments, cathedral steps and fountains. It is a new restriction that might get you shooed off or you may be asked to pay a fine of up to €240 Euros. We recently watched a very polite but firm Italian official scold people who were eating ice cream cones on the Spanish Steps. Instead, do stroll with your gelato or enjoy relaxing at a sidewalk cafe while enjoying your snack. Continue reading Italy Perfect’s Most Requested Advice: Do’s and Don’ts→