Funghi, mushrooms (often too j Formaygio, cheese.
rich). ! Vino nero, red wine; bianco,
Presciutto, ham. j white; asciutto, dry; dolce,
Salami, sausage. j sweet; nostrale, table-wine.
Cafe's are frequented for breakfast and lunch, and in the
evening by numerous consumers of ices. Cafe noir (caffe nero)
is usually drunk (20 c. per cup). Caffe latte is coffee mixed
with milk before served (20 c), or caffe e latte, i. e. with the
milk served separately, may be preferred. Mischio is a mixture of
coffee and chocolate (15 — 20 c), considered wholesome and
nutritious. The usual viands for lunch are ham, sausages, cutlets
and eggs (uova da bere, soft; toste, hard; uova al pialto, fried).
Ices (sorbetto or gelato) of every possible variety are supplied
at the cafe's (30—90 <•. per portion); a half portion (mezzo) may
always be ordered. Granita, or half-frozen ice (limonata of le¬
mons ; aranciata of oranges), is especially in vogue in the fore¬
noon. The waiter (bottega) expects a sou or more according to
the amount of the payment; he occasionally makes mistakes in
changing money, if not narrowly watched.
The principal Parisian newspapers are to be found at all the
larger cafes, English rarely.
Valets de Place (servitori di piazza) may be hired at 5 fr.
per diem, the employer previously distinctly specifying the ser¬
vices to be rendered. They are generally trustworthy and re¬
spectable, but implicit reliance should not be placed on their
statements respecting the places most worthy of a visit, which
the traveller should ascertain from the guide-book or other source.
Their services may always be dispensed with, unless time is very
limited. Travellers arc cautioned against employing the sensali,
or commissionaires of an inferior class , who pester the stranger
with offers of every description. Contracts with vetturini, and
similar negociations should never be concluded through such a
medium, or indeed any other. Interventions of this description
invariably tend to increase prices, and are often productive of
still more serious contretemps. This remark applies especially to
villages and small towns, whether on or out of the regular track.
X. Churches, Theatres, Shops etc.
Churches are open till noon , and usually again from 4 to 7
p. m. Visitors may inspect the works of art even during the
hours of divine service, provided they move about noiselessly,
and keep aloof from the altar where the clergy are officiating.
The verger (sagrestano, or nonzolo) receives a fee of y2 fr. or
upwards, if his services are required.
Theatres. The representations in the large theatres begin
at 8, and terminate at midnight or later. Here operas and bal-