Tipping in Italy can be confusing because a tip may already be included in the bill, and anything beyond that is considered a bonus. There is, however, a time and place for tipping in Italy.
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Tipping in Italy
Though we may feel obligated to tip for a job well done, tipping in Italy isn’t always necessary. Oftentimes, the tip is already included in the bill, so you want to pay attention on what to leave when the service was outstanding. Don’t fret, though, because a little preplanning goes a long way in tipping the scales in your favor.
Remember that tipping in Italy is considered a “bonus,” so the amount should reflect the level of service. There is no set-in-stone rule, however, for how much to tip. It is solely up to you what you leave in addition to the final bill, but do try to tip in cash versus on a credit card to ensure the server actually gets the tip. The amounts below are simply suggestions based on what is considered standard practices for different services.
Italy Tipping Guide
Café Server: When sipping a good cappuccino (or other beverage), it is considerate to leave the change or round up to the nearest euro on the total bill.
Restaurant Server: The tip is sometimes included in the final bill (servizio incluso), but not always. Check the bill first before deciding what to tip. If the service isn’t included, a tip of 10 to 15 percent is encouraged. If the service is included, and the meal exceeded your expectations, you can round the bill up to the nearest €10.
Bartender: When tipping at a bar, simply round up to the nearest euro per drink.
Taxis: A tip isn’t expected, but is appreciated. A good rule of thumb is to round up to the nearest euro for a short trip and to the nearest 10 euro for a longer ride.
Airport Shuttle: It is not necessary to tip your driver, but feel free to give €1 per bag if they help with your luggage.
Doorman: A simple “grazie” will suffice, but you can also tip €1 when helped with hailing a cab or bringing in your luggage.
Bellhop: It is customary to tip €1 to €2 per bag, depending on size, but no more than €5.
Housecleaning: Depending on the cleanliness of your room each day, you can tip anywhere from €.50 to €1.50 per day.
Concierge: If the concierge goes above and beyond with helping you book reservations, giving you directions, and providing insider recommendations, it’s considerate to tip €1 to €2.
Stylist: Tipping in salons isn’t common, but it never hurts to round up to the nearest €10 when in doubt.
Spa Service Provider: A tip isn’t expected, but you can leave up to 10 percent for exceptional service.