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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Lake Garda?

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We asked people in Lake Garda if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"When visiting Lake Garda, avoid wearing revealing clothing, especially when entering churches or religious sites, as it is considered disrespectful. Refrain from speaking loudly in public places, as Italians value their personal space and quiet conversations. Do not expect shops and businesses to be open during the afternoon siesta hours, typically between 1 pm and 4 pm. Avoid discussing sensitive topics such as politics, religion, and the mafia, as these can lead to heated debates. When dining out, do not ask for ketchup or other condiments that are not typically used in Italian cuisine, as it may be seen as an insult to the chef. Additionally, do not order a cappuccino after a meal, as Italians usually only drink it in the morning. Finally, always greet people with a polite "buongiorno" (good morning) or "buonasera" (good evening) and be prepared to engage in small talk before getting to the main point of a conversation," remarked another expat in Lake Garda, Italy.

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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Lake Garda?

If you live in Lake Garda, newcomers to Lake Garda would love to hear your answer to this question.


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