Italy Travel guide 2012

Guide to Rome's best Italian coffee shops and cafes

So here it is – what you need to know about coffee in Rome and your step-by-step guide on how to order coffee like an Italian. Grab a notepad, a pen and paper. After reading this Italian coffee guide, you’ll be sooo Italian that you’ll scoff at the very idea of being offered a perculated coffee!

Let’s get things clear straight off… a bar is the Italian name given to what we know across the world as a cafe. If you’re not a local you might be a little overwhelmed on first entering a bar because all eyes will be on you. So effectively every move, every look, every word, needs to be carefully thought out so to succeed in this very basic transaction which is undertaken by an Italian every day!

In Italy, the bar is where it all happens really.

You walk in to the coffee shop and make your way to the register, you order and pay, take your receipt to the bench, tell the barista what you want, drink it whilst catching up on the latest social gossip and then you’re out the door…. all within a 5 minute time span!

Step 1:

So you enter a bar. The first thing you need to do is find the cassa (the register). Then join the queue (yeah right! Is there really a queue system in Italy??) and order what you want.

Un Caffe = Espresso (Short black)

Un Caffe macchiato = Espresso with a little drop of milk on top

Un Cappuccino = Cappuccino

Un Caffe Americano = Long black coffee with milk (Flat white)

Un Caffe Latte (or Latte macchiato) = Latte

Oh and you should also know these terms for milk:

Latte = Milk

Latte Caldo = Hot milk

Latte Freddo = Cold milk

Step 2:

Take your receipt and make your way to the banco (the bench). Find a spot. It may be empty, it may be full but rest assured spaces free up very quickly – but be Italian in nature and squeeze your way in.

So you’ve now managed to find yourself a little spot, you think to yourself “This is ok! No one’s got any idea that I’m not Italian… but now let’s just get that coffee! Then… it hits you.. a) is the bar manned? b) if so, have they acknowledged you? c) if not, what do you do next? Facing the ‘barista’ coffee maker (whether they are looking towards you or not), just say it…just get it out of the way and say it… that’s right, give your coffee order like you’ve been going there since 1973.

And don’t forget to add a grazie at the end.

Step 3:

The saucer is placed in front of you like a symbol that your place in this world has been noted and your duly owed coffee is coming right up. The teaspoon is also placed on the saucer and then just with one glance away and then back at the bar, the coffee is in front of you. “Hmmm where’s the sugar?” you ask yourself. That’s right, here’s your next obstacle, and ensure you get the pronunciation right or you could be ordering ‘sugar of a joint’ instead of brown sugar! Ask for zucchero (white sugar) or zucchero di canna (brown sugar).

Avalon Travel Publishing Rick Steves' Italy 2012
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Travel guides and trans routes

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As a start, I would look in travel books. Flip through and find the places you want to go. Plus, they'll often offer suggestions on how to get to places. Note: eyewitness guides have nice pics, but do not seem to give a lot of tips on how to get places.
Also, I would look up TrenItalia, Sena Bus (mostly central Italy), and any other major transit company people suggest to you. Look up the routes and see what is in route to where.

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Where can I book a vacation in Italy for the Summer of 2012?

Is there any website online where I can book a vacation for anywhere in Italy (preferably Rome) in either July or August 2012? Someplace inexpensive would be nice. :)

It's too early to book for 2012. Check the travel guides and tourism websites to find the places you'd be interested in visiting and start planning for the trip, but you'll have to wait to actually book anything for those dates. You need to think about rather you want an organized tour or to travel independently, what your budget will look like for the trip, places you'd like to see and things to do on the trip. Then come back with more detailed questions in another year.

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