Travel Tips

As the first European addition to the Timbers Collection, Casali di Casole offers an experience unlike any other. We hope the following tips will help you plan your trip and enjoy making the most of your time in Tuscany.

  • In Italy, your check is not presented until asked for; your waiter is not ignoring you, but merely respecting your right to linger after your meal.
  • Most of the shops and offices take a short lunch break between 1p.m. and 4 p.m. The stores normally open around 9 a.m. and they close at 8 p.m.  Most stores are closed on Sunday.
  • Monday is generally the closing day for Public Museums.
  • As in the U.S., traffic takes to the right-hand side of the road. When driving, use caution and respect the speed limits. Electronic speed traps are frequent.
  • In rural areas around Tuscany, livestock still graze on the sides of the main highway; keep an eye out for deer.
  • Italians are socially very polite. When doing business, it is a customary courtesy to make small talk with the individual you are dealing with prior to getting down to business.
  • The Euro is the official currency in Italy. The U.S. dollar is not accepted in the majority of places. Casali di Casole is not able to exchange money for you.
  • Gratuities are not mandatory in Italy, but appreciated, however they cannot be added to the bill and can only be given in cash.