Tips at restaurant: it does not work like in the States and in many other countries, 15-20% of the bill is a lot (that is why often the service is worse).
If you are happy with the service you can leave:
- bar, caffè, enoteca and similar (only if you are served at the table): 1-2 euro per person
- at the restaurant: 2-3 euro per person
- at the bar counter: it would be kind to leave 20-50 cents but most of the Italians don’t tip at the counter. Never leave copper coins.
If you are served by the owner (sometimes it may happen) you should not tip, if you want to tip, is kind to specify that the tip is for the employees.
bill/check: it is quite unusual to ask for separate bills and is even more unusual that each person pays with his own credit card (as it often happens in France).
Means of payment: do not forget to carry some cash with you. In Italy credit/debit cards and similar are used in supermarkets, nice shops and restaurants or to buy gas.
Small grocery, bars, small restaurant and, generally speaking, small exercise only accept cash. Maybe they show American Express or Visa sign outside but, when you try to use your card, they tell you either, your card is not working or their machine is broken.
Prices that are shown on menus and everywhere include all taxes.
If you do not like espresso because it is too strong ask for “caffè americano”
if you want a sort of mini cappuccino ask for “macchiato caldo”
Avoid restaurants that displays food pictures outside and the ones with a too wide menu. With a few exceptions, the shorter is the menu, the better (and fresher) is the food.
Always ask the price of the “dish of the day”.
Babysitting: Laura Babysitting is the best service you can find in Rapallo
Scooter sharing: Ligurent Noleggio is a sharing service that will bring at your position a scooter that you can use.
Liguria tourist website: it is one of the most updated tourist websites with a lot of travel ideas.
Ligurian historical gardens: special events and openings of some of the most beautiful italian gardens.