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Etiquette for tipping

by clareabee Online Now Jan 29, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Hi guys,

I am a bit out of touch with tipping in Italy so could somebody help me out.
Who do I need to tip and how much?

Thanks in advance,

Clare

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    Re: Etiquette for tipping

    by Maurizioago Online Now Jan 29, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    I usually only tip waiters at restaurants if they give me a good service. I tip around 10 per cent of the total bill. It is usual to tip maiden at hotels and taxi drivers in Italy.

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    Re: Etiquette for tipping

    by akkipaa Online Now Jan 29, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    When I have been in Italy (and same with other southern European countries) I first check the bill, if there is either service charge or they charge for those items I haven’t ordered (some appetizers they bring first) I round the bill up maximum 1€/person. If there is no additional charges and the service has been more than ok, 5-10% and if it’s excellent (and I have taken one or two beers to much) 10-15%, but I think 15 is overtipping :)
    In Finland we don’t tip and it makes us difficult to tip anywhere, but have to learn when traveling to U.S, it’s always difficult the find the correct amount in cafes or pubs there (ooh… beer is 5.60, should I leave 6,7 or 8? :)

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    Re: Etiquette for tipping

    by leics Online Now Jan 29, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    I too only tip in restaurants if the service is exceptional, and then no more than 10% If service (servizio) or cover charge (?coperto?) is included in the bill I do not tip any extra.

    I believe people often tip taxi-drivers, but I do not take taxis.

    In European countries tipping is not expected in the same way as it is in e.g. the USA, so I only ever tip for something special.

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    Re: Etiquette for tipping

    by leics Online Now Jan 29, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    If you tip in the same way you do (or don't) in the UK (e.g. you wouldn't tip extra somewhere that service charge was added automatically) you'll be about right.

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    Re: Etiquette for tipping

    by clareabee Online Now Jan 29, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    thanks for the replys everybody. I am used to tipping in the states and in the UK but wasn't sure about tipping in Italy but this information is really helpful :-)

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    Re: Etiquette for tipping

    by xaver Online Now Jan 29, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    You do not really need to tip, most italians usually don't, unless the service is really exceptional.

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    Re: Etiquette for tipping

    by domenicococozza Online Now Jan 29, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    I always tip waiters in restaurants, and hotel chamber maids.
    Chamber maids always seem to be overlooked in Italy. They work very hard for very little money.
    However, I tip any service provider who I feel has gone beyond the call of duty.
    I find that a few Euros here and there does have the effect of ensuring good service the next time round.

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    Re: Etiquette for tipping

    by clareabee Online Now Jan 30, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    hi guys,

    thanks for all your suggestions :-)

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    Re: Etiquette for tipping

    by Maurizioago Online Now Jan 30, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    You're welcome!

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