Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Did you know about Venice (#3)?

Let's say you want to mail an adorable postcard of Venice to your jealous friends back home.  Don't bother standing in line at the Post Office (right, Cindy?).

Instead, head to the closest Tabacchi (pronounced Tabah-kee), which means Tobacco shop.  You'll see signs like the one shown below with a big black and white T on them, which usually say "Sali e Tabacchi" (meaning Salt and Tobacco).  


Photo courtesy of:  http://opvakantienaartoscane.info/praktische-info-een-postkaart-versturen/
Curious, I asked the shop owner about it.  It seems that Salt and Tobacco were two products that were controlled by the government in a monopoly.  That's no longer the case, but the signs quaintly harken back to that time (and...they don't want to spend the money to change them).

Inside these Tabacchi, in addition to buying stamps, you can buy tobacco products, lottery tickets, shampoo and other toiletries and sometimes they even have a corner that's devoted to a bar and all that that offers!  You've gotta love these people!  
p.s. be aware that they're likely to close down for their afternoon "siesta" (although I'm not sure what the Italian word for that is....does anyone know?)


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