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No Smoking in Italian Hotel Rooms

24 Mar

That is, unless you really, really want to.

At which point, you should really feel kinda bad about it.

Because, this is a non-smoking room. So you’re really not supposed to be smoking. That’s why we’ve designated it a NON-smoking room. It’s that whole “NON” thing we’re going for, but frankly, we’re still not 100% sure we’re fully on board with that whole concept just yet.

So, well—oh, for Christ’s sake!—just do whatever the hell you want.
But don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Wait.

Allow me to explain:

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This little card was found in a hotel room I stayed in recently in the lovely (but manure-smelling) town of Parma. I was so amused by it I just had to take a picture of it for you. It says:

Non Smoking Room
We won’t ask you not to smoke if you regularly smoke, but you really should know that you’re a guest in a room that was specifically designated for non-smokers

Nota bene also the little “scarabocchio” over the hotel logo. The initials. That is SO ITALIAN. They like to initial or stamp things to make them official. I’m almost kind of shocked I didn’t get a fax about this as well. They love their fax machines over here. Sometimes they even make you print out an email, initial it, and then fax it back to them for confirmation. (I AM NOT KIDDING.)

Oh my God Italy, no matter how long I live in the leathery depths of your boot, I always heart you more and more.

And, just BTW? I don’t regularly smoke. But I did smoke in this room, because I could. I opened the window though.

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One Response to “No Smoking in Italian Hotel Rooms”

  1. Jake March 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Hopefully one day the hotel will change the wording on the sign and the city will make it a bylaw not to smoke in a non-smoking area. I am allergic to cigarette smoke and sleeping in a room where someone has previously smoked can trigger a major asthma attack. I’m glad that we have some pretty strict smoking rules in Canada (including smoking in your own car with children in the vehicle.)

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