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Is standing actually illegal in Venice?

No, standing is not illegal in Venice. I think the quote got lost in translation. The Italian version says: È proibito comunque sostare per consumare cibi o bevande ad esclusione delle aree in ...
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Is it offensive to the chef/host to finish all food on your plate in Italy?

I would say it's the other way around. Italian chefs don't like to see leftovers on the plate as it could signal that you didn't like the food. Once, in a local bar in which I have lunch every day, I ...
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Wrongfully held at Italian passport control for over an hour (EU citizen): can I get financial compensation?

Answer Can I get financial compensation? Can you first quantify in euros how much damage you suffered from detention? If yes, consult a lawyer asking if there is any rule granting you compensation. ...
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How to get rid of the men who ask for money in Milan?

Answer by a local here. I work 200 meters from Duomo of Milan, so I find them at the underground exit every morning. First and foremost, remember that most of the people doing this are pushed by a ...
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Leaving Italy without paying a fine for a bus fare violation

There is no online database lookup when you leave Italy. At the most they will check your passport to make sure it is valid, and stamp it if necessary. Theoretically this could be done if you use the ...
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How to get rid of the men who ask for money in Milan?

You have to be assertive, just say NO! (or BASTA! or any other local equivalent ) loud and direct. That is how most locals deal with them. Don't interact with them, don't engage; turn/move away. If ...
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Wrongfully held at Italian passport control for over an hour (EU citizen): can I get financial compensation?

I'd say the chance to get any kind of financial compensation is low. There is no compensation provision in Schengen Borders Code, and I doubt there is one in the Italian national law. You can pursue ...
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In a restaurant in Italy, should I be seated when my food arrives?

The only logical explaination is that he was simply suggesting you to hurry up, because the pizza was getting cold and you wouldn't taste it in its best moment (when the mozzarella is still hot). ...
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Where did the Hungarian PM travel to & take this picture?

The pic was taken at Villa Rufinella (AKA Villa Tuscolana), Frascati, Italy. The steps leading upwards are also visible on Google Streetview (at the right): Since another pic from the same date at ...
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What is the name of this small town in Italy somewhere outside of Rome?

San Gregorio da Sassola? 10-15 km from Tivoli via narrow winding roads Small town (population about 1500) Appropriate name, if the "n" was a mistake Site of Castello Brancaccio.
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Is it offensive to the chef/host to finish all food on your plate in Italy?

As Hatef already told you in his answer it is really the other way around! Said that, the thing is a bit more complicated and it is much more context-dependent than Hatef said. First of all, you ...
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Is traveling to Italy safe during the COVID-19 outbreak?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the US government's public health agency, currently gives the following advice about travel to Italy: Warning - Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel—Widespread ...
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Is this "warning for prostitutes" sign actually a real, official sign in Italy?

These signs were real. According to Italian newspapers, they were promised (la Repubblica) and then actually installed (la tribuna di Treviso) in 2007 by the mayor of Mogliano Veneto, a town in the ...
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Is it normal for menus to be priced in grams in Venice, Italy?

First of all, looking at the reviews for Osteria da Nico on Tripadvisor, regrettably you fell prey to a tourist trap. Regarding your question on pricing by weight: such is typical for foods such as ...
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Munich to Rome by train (avoiding tunnels)

(I read the question title "Munich from Rome" and therefore this is a northbound description, but the route should by symmetrical in the opposite direction) You can't do this entirely by ...
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A photo on an old software package box

Yes, that is in Monte Veletta in Italy. The original picture is this one: Location:
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What should someone from the US know when driving in Italy?

Here are some advice. This is focused on those aspect of road safety (e.g. "how bad they drive") to warn the reader and have him prepared for a safer defensive drive. For this reason, please ...
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Leaving Italy without paying a fine for a bus fare violation

According to the ataf website (which I can transalte for you in the part concerning administrative fines), you have 15 days to pay the fine before getting a written notification. After the ...
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Italy Trains - Buying tickets at a station with no ticket office and no ticket machine

TRENORD Rules for Buying Tickets Onboard The Limito di Pioltello to Milano Centrale railway section is handled by TRENORD, the regional train company for the northen metropolitan area of Milan. ...
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What is the name of this small town in Italy somewhere outside of Rome?

Gas station AND Castle... Don't tell me it's your car too getting refueled... [San Gregorio da Sassola] (Image from Google Street View)
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What game did I see in Verona, Italy?

As described by the Associazione Giochi Antichi, the association of ancient games which, in Verona, is called s-cianco: A BIT OF HISTORY S-Cianco , the shorter of the two tools with which you play, ...
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Wrongfully held at Italian passport control for over an hour (EU citizen): can I get financial compensation?

I think you are out of luck because in my understanding, the officer was right and you were wrong. Well, the officer is always right to begin with, but in this case, he really is. You correctly state ...
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Drinking fountain at Lake Garda, Italy

In this case, it seems that the water comes from the water mains, so it should be safe, and it seems that it is also checked at that point. The non-drinkable water in nearby busy places (villages/...
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Why does Google Maps show a boat route as a European road?

This happens in a number of places, due to the way European Routes are numbered. They're more of a concept than an actual road, and as such, they're often disconnected. For example the E20 consists ...
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How to get rid of the men who ask for money in Milan?

Ignore them. Don't engage in conversation. A polite but firm NO should suffice whilst walking away assertively. Unfortunately these things are very common in large cities in mainland Europe.
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Is traveling to Italy safe during the COVID-19 outbreak?

I'm currently in Rome, where you are considering travelling. The situation here is normal, given there are very few reported confirmed cases (6 so far, including 3 that have been declared 'recovered')....
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Non-EU: Travelling within the Schengen without a passport because its held at the US embassy

From talking and asking around, I know there have been many other people in my position and have helped me, so I'm passing it along here: I was told I can email the US consulate to withdraw my ...
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Dual citizen entered the EU with an American passport. What to do?

Only ever present your Italian passport or ID card at border control when entering/exiting an EU/Schengen country, provided you have it. The same goes for your upcoming exit; only present your ...
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Is it possible to do a low carb diet for a month in Sicily?

I don't know about Sicily specifically but in most of Italy this would not be much of a problem. Italians are big on fruits, vegetables, meat & fish. Of course they are even bigger on pasta and ...
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