We have returned from a month in Italy. We saw so much that writing a review of what we did/what we saw would be too much. So, instead I would like to comment on one of favorite memories of Italy-it's people.
My husband and I, and the couple we were traveling with had so many great experiences and when reflecting on our trip, the stories always go back to our interactions with the many wonderful, friendly Italians we crossed paths with. I will share a few of our favorites:
We approached the ticket agent at the Rome train station for our trip to Florence. We asked if he spoke English (I think it rude to assume without asking) and he said "sure, why not, let's do it!"
with a great smile on his face. After purchasing our tickets we asked about the machine he passed the Euros through. He said yes, it was to check for counterfeits, but as a previous bank employee, he knew how to detect without the machine. He then proceeded to give us a lesson on checking our bills. What a delightful man!
In Rome we went into a bar to get cappuccinos to go. Well, the gentleman behind the counter would not let us get away with ordering without using the correct plural form of Cappuccino, so we got a lesson in how to say "tre Cappuccini". We left giggling, but always said "cappuccini" for the rest of the trip when ordering more than one!
In Florence, the four of us got in our VERY small elevator and hit the button to go up. The door didn't open!! After about a minute a voice came over the speaker asking "there are 4 of you?" We said yes, and she said "too many" She then assured us in a very kind voice that they were working on getting us out, which they did and of course we apologized that we had not read the sign that said "3 people only" at a time.
These are just a few of the fun times we had with the Italian people. Everyone at the hotels, restaurants and tourist sites we visited were friendly and polite.