I found this article on a website I frequent. This stuff will help you appear less like a tourist if you plan on traveling in Italy. Abide by the code! In our Starbucks coffee culture, we sit down, enjoy a cup of coffee, socialize. In Italy they order an espresso, down it in one or two gulps while standing at the counter, place the cup down, and leave. Though this seems unusual for us, this is completely normal for Italians. So, over the next ten days, here are the ten commandments of true Italian coffee drinkers. Good luck!
Here, then, for those who fancy going native in true Lorenzo of Arabica style, is Commandment #1 of the Ten Commandments of Il Culto del Caffe.
1. Thou shalt drink only cappuccino, caffe latte, latte macchiato or any milky form of coffee in the morning – and never after a meal. Italians cringe at the thought of all that hot milk hitting a full stomach. An American friend who has lived in Rome for many years continues, knowingly, to break this rule. But she has learned, at least, to apologise to the barista.