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Tipping tour guides?

westfield, nj
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Tipping tour guides?

Is it customary to tip tour guides either at Pompeii or if you take a full day tour and, if so, how much?


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Sydney, Australia
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1. Re: Tipping tour guides?

It is never necessary to tip anyone for anything in Italy.

westfield, nj
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Hong Kong, China
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3. Re: Tipping tour guides?

It is not customary so it's best to stick to the local customs and not tip.

Houston, Texas
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4. Re: Tipping tour guides?

In Italy no need to tip anyone for anything.

Fremont, California
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5. Re: Tipping tour guides?

If the tour guide did an exceptional job and did add value, no harm in tipping them 5 or 10

Wales, United...
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6. Re: Tipping tour guides?

It is not customary and I would venture to say that the majority of Europeans would not tip anything. I doubt Australians would, either. American visitors will be more likely to tip, as that is the culture in he US. It is not the culture in Italy.

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7. Re: Tipping tour guides?

I think if you feel someone has done a really good job,a small tip would not go amiss, but it is not expected,

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8. Re: Tipping tour guides?

There is never a need to tip in Italy, for anything. Tour guides are paid a good wage for doing their job so there is no need for a tip.

**no harm in tipping them 5 or 10**

This is just an incorrect statement.


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9. Re: Tipping tour guides?


please don't recommend such wrong behave.

Tipping is custom in USA, but not in Italy.


Staten Island, New...
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10. Re: Tipping tour guides?

The answer is no.

But curious what kind of harm would I make if I pay 300 euros on 280 family tour where the guide went out of his way to do something I didn’t bargain for, like spend extra time with us.

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