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Is Italy Still Run by Caesar? 

These and other important questions about Italy answered

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We sometimes get the funniest requests. I thought I would share some of them with you. We could all do with a bit of a laugh in these times.

Here are some of the craziest we've had and our extremely serious answers.

Question: Are there any English speaking towns in Italy?

Answer: No

Question: Will the restaurants in Italy allow me to use my Olive Garden gift card?

Answer: No

Question: I want to visit Naples but don't feel comfortable being so near a volcano. Is there anything that can be done?

Answer: Moving mountains (or volcanoes) requires far greater power than I have - sorry I can't help you with this one.  

Question: I have the right to carry my guns with me at all times. Will Italy infringe on my rights?

Answer: I'm afraid that Italy will not respect your rights, they will confiscate your guns and arrest you.

Question: Everywhere we went in Italy the pasta wasn't cooked properly - I complained and they were rude whenever I tried to educate them as to how it should be cooked. Why don't Italians appreciate my wanting to educate them about cooking pasta?

Answer: I had an Italian friend try to teach a New York food truck how they could make a better hot dog. They were rude to him too. I wonder why?

Question: Is Italy still run by Caesar?

Answer: They change leaders so often in Italy that he might be. Best check with your nearest Italian consulate.

Question: I know Italians only eat pizza and pasta but I can't eat gluten. Must I bring food with me?

Answer: Gluten free is readily available in Italy and Italian cuisine offers far more than just pizza and pasta..

Question: Do they still speak Latin in Italy and do I need to learn it before I visit?

Answer: Yes, most kids have been taught it at school. Duolingo has started a course so that you can prepare.

Question: Are Italians considered Latin Americans?

Answer: By who? Most Italians are aware that they are not in Latin America and have never been. If you look at a Google map on your phone, you will see that Italy is a good few inches from South America (Latin America). Now, I know you'll say, "Look how close they are—they must be Latin American," but those inches aren't the actual distance; every inch represents a good few thousand miles.

Question: Is Italy a part of Sicily. 

Answer: Yes, it is that strange boot shaped piece found to the top right of Sicily.

Question: How do I join the Mafia?

Answer: I'm going to stay silent on this one.

Question: Can I order my favorite Hawaiian pizza with pineapple everywhere in Italy. I ALWAYS have pineapple on my pizza?

Answer: I have reported your comment to the chief investigator of the Crimes Against Pizza Task Team in Rome.

P.S. The questions came from people in three different countries and on three different continents.

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