Once you get to the grocery store register in Italy…

Once you get to the grocery store register in Italy...

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At the cash register, there is no one helping you place your groceries in the bags; you have to do it yourself. Also, don’t expect help carrying bags to your car; there is no such a service in Italy.
PS: Can you tell we love yogurt??

{This is an excerpt from chapter 5 “Stores” of the eBook “Italy from the Inside. A native Italian reveals the secrets of traveling in Italy”}

Ordering a pizza in Italy: a secret revealed

Supplementi- Italy from the Inside

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As you may imagine, the pizzerie are establishments specializing in pizza. You may find that many of them offer not only pizza but regular dinners as well (therefore are called pizzeria ristorante). What you really need to know is that a good pizza must be cooked in a wood-burning oven (forno a legna) and doesn’t have to have a very oily crust. While not all Italian pizzerias offer exactly the same assortment of pizzas, all pizzerias have a section in their menu called supplementi. Supplementi are the extra ingredients that you can add to your pizza in order to customize it to your own taste. Therefore you can have extra mozzarella, or maybe extra cured ham (prosciutto crudo), or even, if you want, extra olives (olive). So, the next time you will order a pizza in Italy you can say “Vorrei una pizza x con supplemento di y”. Enjoy.

{Part of this article is an excerpt from chapter 3 “Italian cuisine and food establishments” of the eBook “Italy from the Inside. A native Italian reveals the secrets of traveling in Italy”}

 

Italian churches offering services in English

Italian churches with English mass- Italy from the Inside

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These Catholic churches offer services in English:

Florence: Duomo of Florence. Every Saturday (sabato) at 5pm. Piazza del Duomo.
Rome: Church of Santa Susanna (American National Church), Via XX Settembre 15.

Some non-Catholic churches also offer services in English:

Florence: St. James Church (American Episcopal), Via B. Rucellai 9.
Florence: St. Mark’s English Church (Anglican), Via Maggio 16.
Rome: All Saints Church (Anglican), Via del Babuino 153.
Rome: St. Andrew’s Church (Presbyterian), Via XX Settembre 7.
Rome: Rome Baptist Church, Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina 35.
Rome: Ponte Sant’Angelo Methodist Church, Via del Banco di Santo Spirito 3.
Venice: St. George’s Church (Anglican), Dorsoduro, Campo San Vio 870.
Venice: Lutheran Evangelical Church, Cannaregio, Campo SS. Apostoli 4443.
Milan: Anglican Church of All Saints, Via Solferino 12.
Naples: Anglican Church, Via San Pasquale 18.

{This is an excerpt from chapter 7 “Churches and museums” of the eBook “Italy from the Inside. A native Italian reveals the secrets of traveling in Italy”}