We often get questions on tipping in Italy. If you are visiting from a country that tipping is commonplace, it is often a good to have a little help about gratuity in Italy.
Tipping is not a big thing in Italy and so you don’t have to feel bad not leaving anything. But in case you feel that your experience was great and you want to show your gratitude with a tip, we have written down so helpful information where you are likely to tip.
You don’t have to tip in restaurants in Italy, but if you have had a really good experience you can always leave a tip. Leaving change on the table is common or around €5 or €10 if you have had a very pleasant time.
High end restaurants have a service charge of around 12%.
Trattoria you can leave a few coins at the table or €5 or €10.
Coperto: you might see a charge and should be clearly stated on the menu (but it can be anywhere on the menu) and may range from 1 to 3 euros per person and is to cover the offset for the price of bread, oil, salt and anything else you might used during your dinner. In Lazio (area where Rome is) there shouldn’t be a coperto charge. It also helps the restaurants, as you have no time limited at your table and can stay as long as you like.
Tax is usually included in the prices that you see but always best to check that the price is the what is promoted.
Restaurant Etiquette: In Italy it is considered rude to give the client the bill before they have asked for it. Ask the waiter for the bill once you are finished eating.
Tipping in hotels are not required, but it is always appreciated. Porters that carry your bags to your room, €5 is considered a reasonable amount, the concierge who provided a good service, maybe €10 if you have a lot of bags.
For Room Service, it is not necessary to leave, if you do an envelope with a few notes is normal. The doormen generally don’t tend to get anything, but if they hailed a cab or helped with your luggage €5 would be appreciated.
If you do want to tip, generally people don’t tip ‘people in hand’ (giving a tip directly), with change. It is usually a note of €5 or €10.
Generally you don’t tip a taxi driver, but it might be good to round up and leave the change.
Cafe and Bars
Again, this is more of a case of rounding it up, or just leaving the change.
The general consensus for tipping the guides is to tip of around €10 to €30 for a half day or €20 to €50 for a full day. It’s not expected but your tour guide will be grateful for the gesture.
Private Cars and drivers
Depends on the service and the distance. For a transfer up to €5 is considered reasonable, for a half a day €10 to €20 and a full day around €30
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