Respect for Italy’s churches while on summer vacation
Above: The Duomo of Milan.
Now that summer travel season is upon us again, we’re going to launch a series of travel tips for your Italian vacation.
First up, is church etiquette.
Italy is a country rich with historic churches, both big and small, containing some of the world’s greatest works of art. Entrance is usually free, costing only a bit of conscientious tour etiquette. Here are our suggestions:
1. Cover your shoulders! Tank tops are frowned upon as are short skirts/shorts. If it’s too hot outside to wear even the smallest cap sleeves, a scarf draped over the shoulders for the duration of the tour will do.
2. Turn off your cell phone, it’s a place of quiet reverence.
3. Photography is almost always prohibited, but check at the entrance. There’s usually a plaque stating the church’s policy on this. When in doubt, leave the camera in your pocket. Just follow the same protocol that you would in any museum.
4. Leave your food and drinks outside.
Just be mindful of these very simple points and enjoy your journey into Italy’s rich historical treasury!