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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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What street foods can I eat in Italy?

Main Courses Pizza al Trancio The single best street food that you can have in Italy is pizza al trancio i.e. a slice of pizza on the go. It doesn't get more typical and local than this. You find ...
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Does Venice smell?

I was in Venice in summer 2013. It didn't smell bad, even though it was hot. We asked some locals (who we were staying with) about the legendary smell. Historically, raw sewage was simply dumped into ...
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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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Where in the world is this harbour town?

It looks like it's Vernazza, one of the Cinque Terre - five very cute and colourful towns on the Italian coast. The photo seems to be shot as much the same as this image, but flipped for some reason: ...
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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 is the white fluff floating around in Northern Italy (Lombardy) in Spring?

It's the seed tufts of a poplar species, specifically Populus nigra: As this article says: The tree loves a wet, marshy soil. Which explains why there are so many poplars around Milan and in the ...
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Does Venice smell?

I have heard this "fact" many times. Another version states that this is especially true in the summer. I was on a trip to Italy only last month and visited Venice as part of it. I spent three days ...
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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 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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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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How to make change (to get coins from a banknote) in Italy?

Look for unmanned automatic laundry places. Since the washers/dryers there are usually coin-operated, you'll find a coin dispensing machine to convert your notes into shrapnel. You're likely to also ...
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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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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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