A little planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. At least a week or two before your trip, make a list of what you’ll need to take with you. Make sure your passports are current and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. The following general information about travelling to and around Italy will also help you prepare for a comfortable, hassle-free journey.

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What do you thing the saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” means?

After watching the video…what called your attention? Why?

When you travel, do you find it difficult to adjust?

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    I believe that the saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” means that, if you visit a foreign country, you must respect the customs and traditions of that country. Obviously, that is difficult when the customs of the foreigner are very different from ours.

    I amuse the part of the video in which the lady said that Italians don’t drink cappuccino after a meal, because, cappuccino is either a meal in itself or it accompanies breakfast. For me a cappuccino is always something you drink after a meal and is accompanied with cake or cookies.

    For me, the hardest part of traveling abroad is jet lag. It is very difficult for me to sleep at a different time and it is also difficult for me to sleep in a different bed.

    Kind regards,


    1. Idiomas Virtual Autor escribió:

      I agree with you. For me jet lagging is also a problem.
      Kind regards

  2. RONY CUEVA MOSCOSO escribió:

    I agree with your comment on the phrase “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”. About the cappuccino for me personally it is a drink to take it accompanied while chatting, but not after dinner or lunch.

    1. Idiomas Virtual Autor escribió:

      Thanks for your opinions Rony!

  3. Orlando Maldonado escribió:

    I think the saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” is a very wise saying because there are many societies and cultures in our world, the best thing to do is to imitate the customs of the people of a certain place because something that for us is normal could be offensive for a person who has always lived in another context. What most caught my attention when I see the video is the need to open the gifts at the same time they are delivered, I found that a little curious. The truth is that I travel very often to multiple places of my country, mostly because of my work and it is true that sometimes the customs that we have many times are different or are limited by the context, but I find it easy to adapt to the conditions of the place where I’m visiting.

    1. Idiomas Virtual Autor escribió:

      Thanks for your post:)


    I think the saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” means that if you visit a foreign country, you should respect the traditions of that place, I mean you need to learn about the customs and everything about that country.

    The part that called my attention is about the cappuccino, because they said that they don´t drink it after a meal, because they consider that the cappuccino accompanies the breakfast. Other custom that called my attention is about when the adults open the gifts as soon they receive them. In my country this custom is just for the childrem but not is common for the adults.

    The most of the time when I travel to other country I find it easy to adapt to the customs of the place where I am visiting, but I read before about the most important ctraditions. Also, I think is necessary to be open minded.

    1. Idiomas Virtual Autor escribió:

      Thanks Kathy!
      Good work:=)

  5. Milagros Diez Canseco Castro escribió:

    Dear Fellows,
    First of all, adjusting to a new culture does not mean that you have to change your own values, moreover it is important to respect those of other people. When you find yourself in an unfamiliar situation, try to think of it as a new adventure it´s crucially to do that. Allow yourself to be curious about the way things are perceived and done in this new environment. We are guests in a strange country with other customs and they deserve respect.
    Second and clarifying that this happened in my stay in Europe (Germany) for two years, at that time I was away from my family, and surrounded by a diverse culture, and a system of life tottaly different to me; where languages often stressed me; but let me tell you some advices:
    Firstly, l it´s important to know how to adjust to a time change when traveling. Jet lag had some consequences above all when you cross two or more time zones, thus throwing some changes in your cardiac rithym, and takes some time to regulates your sleep wake cycle. It happened with me when I flyed to Germany, i´ts awfull you may have experiences mood changes, diarrhea or get the flu (constipation), tooks time to adapat. Try to sleep as much as you can before traveling.
    Secondly, the Cultural adjustment, the values, social norms, and traditions for me it´s a “Culture shock” it’s not easy to adapt, in addition to that feelings of confusion, stress and disorientation that occur when entering an unfamiliar culture, not everyone has the same reactions to cultural adjustment, you will encounter unfamiliar rules and norms, observing how others are acting in situations can help you understand what behavior is expected of you.
    Finally must pay attention to both the verbal and nonverbal communication of others in order to get a more complete picture of what is going on. Make a Pal :_) it helps a lot.

    1. Idiomas Virtual Autor escribió:

      Dear Milagros
      Great insights:)


    What do you thing the saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” means?
    I think the saying is very appropriate. This saying speaks of the need to adapt to the costumes of the place we visit. When we travel to a country with customs very different from ours we should try to adapt and learn the customs in order to spend a pleasant stay and live an enriching experience. It is also a way to respect the customs of the country that welcomes us. I think this saying makes us good travelers.
    After watching the video…what called your attention? Why?
    In the video it caught my attention that the etiquette teacher shows some of his main italian customs and social etiquette to the tourist, for example: Italians use a lot of hand gestures while they talk, when meet someone for the first time shake hands, say hello with the word “chau”, if you already know somebody you greet by kissing on both cheeks, the use of the bidet is very common in the toilet and also is very common to bring a bottle of wine when someone invites you to dinner.
    When you travel, do you find it difficult to adjust?
    When I travel I find it a little bit difficult to adapt to the new environment, especially to the meals from other countries such as Mexico. When I was in Mexico, I tried the penca salad, the atole or the chipotle chile, these are foods very different from the Peruvian food. On the other hand, I find it difficult to adapt to the time zones of different countries, such as Europe and Asia. Very low or very high temperatures are also a challenge for me because in Peru we have a temperate climate throughout the year. As for the customs, I try to adapt and learn from them in the best way.

    1. Idiomas Virtual Autor escribió:

      Thanks Pilar=)

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