How Much Do You Tip In Italy: All You Need To Know

It’s not easy to learn the local customs before visiting a new nation, and the experience can be quite daunting all by itself. While tipping is not nearly as expected …

It’s not easy to learn the local customs before visiting a new nation, and the experience can be quite daunting all by itself. While tipping is not nearly as expected in Italy as it is in the United States, there are a few things to remember. Does Rome have a tipping culture, and what is the Italian attitude towards tips in general? Learn more about tipping in Italy with this comprehensive guide.

It is not customary to leave a tip in Italy, although doing so is always appreciated.

Tipping at a coffee shop

This is a great example of the numerous reasons to love this country. It’s liberating to have the option of leaving a tip. Furthermore, it provides you with a sense of safety and agency over the circumstance; how you choose to show your appreciation is entirely up to you.

However, there are a few caveats to bear in mind; despite following these suggestions, you may still find yourself in an uncomfortable social scenario. In light of this, here is a comprehensive breakdown of when and how much you should tip in Italy.

Italian Tipping Rules – The Basics

Generally speaking, tips aren’t automatically given like they are in the US and aren’t added to the bill.

“We don’t tip in Italy,” you’ll hear. Even if “tipping is not part of our culture!” you can still leave a tip. Even though the sum is undoubtedly lower, good service is always appreciated with a tip.

Use cash to tip rather than a credit card. Normally, leaving a tip on the credit card slip is not an option, and if you do, your waitress is unlikely to receive that tip. Most of the time the credit card machine is not even set for tipping.

Never leave a little tip. Although it’s acceptable to tip with €1 and €2 coins, it’s preferable to stay away from tipping with lesser change. Don’t tip in pennies and nickels because you probably wouldn’t in the US.

The proprietor of a business, eatery, etc., is not entitled to a tip. If you want to give a tip in this case, give it to the person who made your experience fantastic (an assistant, a waitress, etc).

No tips are expected! Don’t give someone a tip if they are pestering you or asking you for one. It creates a negative precedent and encourages the offender to carry on acting rudely (with tourists).

Tipping at restaurants in Italy

Typical Italian Restaurant

The first crucial point is that gratuity is not customarily required in Italian restaurants. Most of them include a service fee (servizio) in the total, but you can still give a little gratuity if the service is good.

There may also be a coperto, a nominal fee for items like bread and flatware. It is also priced between €1 and €4 on the menu.

Tipping wait staff by setting the cash down on a table and leaving the institution is not advised. It would be best to list the wait staff or pay at the restaurant’s cash register. You can place it in the tip jar if one is available. Otherwise, you can immediately approach the wait staff and hand them the tip. They’ll be grateful for it.

Una mancha or la mancha is the Italian word for “tip.”

Before the wait staff brings the bill, inquire with them about how to leave a tip with the card. If the restaurant doesn’t accept tipping by card and you don’t have any additional money, just let it go, as it’s not always possible to do so in Italy. There won’t be any offenses.

Useful vocabulary:

  • Tip — Mancia
  • Can I have the bill, please? — Posso avere il conto per favore?
    [poh-soh avereh eehl kohn-toh, pehr favore]
  • One beer please — Una birra, per favore
    [‘oonah birrah, pehr favore]
  • A coffee please — Un caffè per favore
    [oon ca’feyh, pehr favore]
  • Can I pay with a credit card? — Posso pagare con carta di credito?
    [ˈpoh-soh paˈɣaɾeh kõn kartah dee credit]

Tipping at bars and cafes in Italy

Many people think it’s customary to tip your barista in Italy. In reality, most places don’t tip baristas, and when they do, it may only be 50 cents, especially because one espresso usually costs €1.20-1.30. You might want to tip a waiter at a coffee shop if you have your drink served at the table. In this case you can leave one or two euros as a tip.

How Much Do You Tip In Italy: All You Need To Know

In some coffee shops you might find a board that says “Caffe sospeso.” This is a very interesting custom in Italy. Basically people can prepay one or more coffee and stick the recite on the board for people that can not afford a coffee. The person that can not afford a coffee can walk into the coffee shop, grab the recite from the board and enjoy a coffee. 

Caffe Sospeso

Tipping taxi drivers in Italy

The principle is the same as that of eateries. Tipping is not anticipated in a taxi in Italy. However, you may tip a taxi driver €1-2 (or whatever amount you choose) if you are satisfied with the service.

Satisfied with the taxi service implies a number of distinct conditions:

– Do they assist with luggage?

– Are they pleasant?

– Do they select the most convenient route?

Never tip a driver if he asks you for a tip or if he doesn’t want to use a taxi metre (with the exception of a flat rate. In fact some routes from and to an airport or train station, have a flat rate and drivers do not use a metre in this case) In all the other cases if a driver doesn’t want to use the metre you should make a note of the licence number and report the driver to the taxi company. 

Taxis in Rome

Useful Italian vocabulary for a taxi ride:

  • Can I pay with a credit card? — Posso pagare con carta di credito?
    [ˈpoh-soh paˈɣaɾeh kõn kartah dee credito]

Tipping in barbershops in Italy

Another place you may want to consider giving a tip is the barbershop. Getting a haircut while you’re on vacation in Italy is something you should think about. But bear in mind that tipping is not required and also not expected.

Tipping at a gas station

If you’re driving in Italy, and you need to stop for gas, you should not tip the gas station attendant. The price of gas includes the service charge already. Consider giving the gas station attendant a tip only if they provide you with some extra services such as checking the oil level, cleaning your windshield or inflating the tires. We recommend that you give them a tip between €1 and €2 euros in those cases.

Tipping in hotels in Italy

white bed linen with throw pillows

In a hotel, services are typically available around-the-clock to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. It’s likely the only situation where standard tipping conventions are in effect. So, it’s acceptable to leave a tip at the hotel.

The amount to be left? It relies on both the service and the hotel’s star rating. You can use the following procedures for a 3- to 4-star hotel:

Housekeeping Staff

The standard is €1 per day. The total can be left in your room at the conclusion of your stay. However, leaving it daily is recommended (to ensure good service during your stay).


A tip is appreciated if the concierge assisted you while you were there (for example, by making restaurant recommendations or reserving tickets for you). Depending on the assistance received, you can give $5 to $10.


Although not needed, tips for the hotel porter are usually appreciated. $5 in total, or €1 for each bag.


For calling a taxi, a standard tip for the doorman is €1.


A tip (as a percentage of your entire meal price OR a set amount for each meal) is welcomed but not demanded. Some people leave a tip at the end of the last meal if they are staying somewhere and have the same server throughout their stay (recommended). Alternatively, leave a tip at the front desk to be split among the culinary employees.

Room Service Waiter

When you’re done, leaving €1-2 on the tray is nice but not necessary.


In Italy, tips are not customarily given to bartenders, although if you’d like, you can round up (leave €10 for your €9.50 negroni).

Tipping at Spa centers in Italy

A spa is where you unwind and enjoy yourself in a nurturing environment. This means you could leave an additional 5% to 10% if you want to, but that’s all up to you.

Tipping tour guides in Italy

Tour guides offer a valuable service by providing visitors with an inside look at the history and culture of a new location. Because their income is already included in the trip price, Italian tour guides are typically not given tips. It is customary to leave a tip of €10 to €15 if you feel that your tour guide went above and beyond or added value. Giving a tip is appropriate, for instance, if your tour guide took you to a secret location that wasn’t included in the original schedule of your excursion.

Before giving a tip, if you’re going with a group, think about approaching other group members to see if anyone else wants to join you so you can tip together.

Paid Tours

Although not required, a tip is greatly appreciated if you’ve taken a paid tour. Most of the time guides only get a little percentage of the fee you paid. With one exception: You are not expected to leave a tip if you join the owner on a guided tour.

€5 to €10 per person is the standard tip.

10% is customary for tips after large group or private day tours, and even more, if you had an amazing time.

The cost of a lengthier tour, like a week-long cycling vacation, frequently includes tips for the drivers, restaurant waiters, and hotel employees. The industry standard is that tips for your guide are typically not included in the trip cost. If you are pleased with their assistance, you can give your tour guide a gratuity ranging from 3 to 5 percent of the total trip cost. Therefore, a great tip would be 90-150€ per person multiplied by two, or 180-300€, for the guide if you and your partner embark on a 300€ per person cycling excursion in Tuscany (or guide team).

Look at the trip materials or contact the tour operator if you’re looking for a specific range.

Free Tours

Free tour of Rome

In some cities you can take a free walking tour. Those tours are becoming more and more popular all over the world. Usually the guides are volunteers that work for tips. If you take one of these tours it is customary to give the tour guide a gratuity of at least €10 per person.

Tipping at nightclubs in Italy

person pouring liquor in clear drinking glass

First, it is not traditional to tip club employees like bartenders and entrance workers. Second, it’s customary to tip the host or hostess for looking after you if you intend to spend time in a VIP section. Last, giving the DJ a modest tip after the night is usually appreciated.

Tipping at other places in Italy

Most likely, you’re considering where else you might be able to offer tips. Probably on your mind is, “What about the bartender? The airport people, what about them? Etc.

No, it does not. The locations listed in this article are those where suggestions are more frequently supplied; also, these are the locations where people offer tips.

Frequent questions about tipping rules in Italy

Can I tip in US dollars in Italy?

No, you shouldn’t tip with US dollars but use euros instead. In fact if you tip in US dollars the person receiving the tip will most likely  have to pay a fee to convert the tip in Euros. For this reason we suggest you keep some local currency with you for tipping purpose. 

Tipping in Rome, Milan, and Venice. Is there any difference?

Without a doubt, no. Tipping rules are the same all over the country including the island of Sardinia.

Tipping for other services in Italy, what are the rules?

Italian tipping traditions are pretty straightforward; further gratuity is never expected, so there’s no need to feel under any kind of pressure.

What is “coperto” in Italy?

Coperto is a nominal fee that restaurants in Italy tack onto your tab to cover the cost of the bread and cover. This means that it is not a tip. The typical amount is a few euros, but in some well-known locations, it can reach ten euros. And don’t be shocked if you find “coperti,” which means “covers,” included on your bill.

What is “servizio” in Italy?

A service charge, or servizio, is added to the bill for large tables or in locations with lots of tourists. Usually between 15% and 20% of the bill. You don’t need to give a separate tip if your bill includes a servizio charge.

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