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

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We asked people in Sanremo 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 Sanremo, it's important to respect the local customs and traditions to avoid any cultural faux pas. Firstly, avoid wearing revealing clothing, especially when visiting religious sites like churches. Italians generally dress more formally than many other cultures, so try to dress smartly. Secondly, don't expect everything to run on time. Italians have a more relaxed attitude towards time, which can be frustrating for visitors from more punctual cultures. Thirdly, don't tip excessively. Service charge is usually included in the bill in Italy, so tipping is not expected. If you do want to tip, a few coins are usually sufficient. Fourthly, don't ask for tap water in a restaurant. Italians usually drink bottled water and asking for tap water can be seen as unusual. Fifthly, don't rush your meals. Italians see meals as a time to relax and socialize, so take your time and enjoy the experience. Lastly, don't expect to find spaghetti bolognese on the menu. This is not a traditional Italian dish and is rarely served in Italy. Instead, try some local Ligurian specialties like pesto or focaccia," mentioned another expat when asked about moving to Sanremo, Italy.

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

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