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Eat like an Italian: meal times

Usually Italians have breakfast between 7 a.m. and 9.30 a.m., lunch between 12.30 p.m. and 2 p.m., and dinner between 7.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m.. The majority of Italian restaurants/pizzerias, etc., respect these hours and, therefore, will stop serving food after 2.30/3 p.m. and again after 11.30 p.m. Supermarkets and local food stores are generally open from 8/9 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Some of them close during lunch break and Sundays. Take-away shops (pizza, gourmet sandwiches, kebab, etc.,) are usually open from 12.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Bars (sandwiches, snacks,

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Eat like an Italian: breakfast

The majority of Italians love to have breakfast at a “bar”, pastry shop, or at home! A classic Italian breakfast at a “bar” or pastry shop is caffè espresso (or cappuccino) and croissant. At an Italian home you will probably find cookies, croissants, toasted bread with jam, bread with nutella or jam, cereal, yogurt, pastries, or fruit, a glass of fruit juice or milk, and of course caffè espresso, cappuccino, or tea!! If you go to a bar or pastry shop, make sure you have a

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Trenitalia and Italo: Italian high-speed trains

In Italy, there are two main train companies that allow passengers to travel throughout the Country. One is Trenitalia (Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane) and the other one is Italo (Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori). The two companies are more or less equivalent as far as quality and number of services go. Their ticket prices and offers are similar. Tickets are not very cheap, so an early bird booking could save you up to half of the price. Trenitalia and Italo: Italian high-speed trains In

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Drinking in Rome by night

Rome City Council issued an Ordinance that prohibits the sale and consumption of alcohol at night in certain areas of the City, which will be in effect from July 7 until October 31, 2017. Consumers who violate the Ordinance will be subject to fines of € 150. Drinking in Rome by night YEAR 2017 1) Ordinance On July 5, 2017, Rome City Council – Mayor Virginia Raggi – issued an Ordinance (no. 103) regarding the sale and consumption of alcohol at night in certain areas of

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The residence permit, the expulsion of foreigners, and Italian citizenship: recent Italian case law

NEW JUDGMENTS!!! Italian Courts have recently established some important principles concerning, among others, the residence permit, the expulsion of foreigners, Italian citizenship, the request for political asylum, the entitlement to social security allowance, the jurisdiction in case of international sale of goods, and crimes committed in international waters. The residence permit, the expulsion of foreigners, and Italian citizenship: recent Italian case law Recent case law (January 11, 2019) 1) According to article 5, par. six, of law 898/70, after the amendments introduced by law

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English speaking schools in Italy

Foreigners who live in Italy can choose among many English speaking schools. It is not possible to say with certainty if they have a lower or higher level of education compared to Italian schools. Therefore, it is important to know what the student would like to do after terminating the cycle of study, if that kind of school is useful for him/her, and to verify in person if the single school of interest meets the expectations. There are also many English

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Air transportation: latest judgments of the Court of Justice of the EU

With reference to Air Transportation, the Court of Justice of the European Union has recently established some important principles concerning, for example, the concepts of ‘arrival time’, ‘denied boarding’, ‘cancellation’, ‘extraordinary circumstances’, ‘all reasonable measures’, ‘damage’, ‘compensation’, and of ‘time-limits for bringing actions for compensation’. 1) The Court of Justice of the European Union on Air Transportation With reference to Air Transportation, the Court of Justice  has recently established the following: 2) Latest judgments on Air Transportation 1) Articles 2, 5 and

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Meeting people in Rome

Meeting people in Rome and making friends may not be easy straightaway but there are many places to gather and friendships to be made. The clubs, associations, and churches listed below are good meeting points for people arriving in Rome who do not know the language and are not familiar with the city, but would like to meet people and make acquaintances while in town. Meeting people in Rome In Rome, as in many other Italian cities, it is not easy

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Emergency and other useful phone numbers

Here follows a list of emergency and other useful phone numbers anyone can call from a mobile or landline phone. For those who do not speak Italian we suggest asking your neighbours or those around you to make the call, if possible. It is very important to provide the operator with precise information on your kind of emergency and exact location. Here follows a list of emergency and other useful phone numbers anyone can call from a mobile or landline phone. However,

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