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Hot tea in Italy?

I love coffee/espresso but my husband is more of a tea guy. Is hot tea available in the morning in the local cafes or coffee shops?

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I drink only tea, and can always get a cup of tea with a hotel breakfast, no problem. In Italian it is “tè nero” or sometimes “tè ingles”. But sometimes when I asked for that, I was served Early Grey instead of regular English Breakfast tea which I wanted.

In Venice, I found that the little bar where my husband liked to get his morning espresso did not have tea.

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My wife and I spent 30 days in Italy on independent travel. We are both tea drinkers and never had a problem getting hot tea. On the other hand, iced tea was not available anywhere.

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I think you can always be sure of getting hot water and a teabag -- I am a bit of a tea snob and don't want, for example, Earl Grey -- so I bring my own tea bags down to breakfast at the hotel in the morning.

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I love coffee but I've had to cut it out. Now I drink tea. I will always see what tea bags they have but I bring my own just in case. Hot water is always available.

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My wife will drink tea anytime after a morning café latte or cappuccino, and for the most part had no problem finding at least a basic tea, and often an herbal tea. The espresso bar places likely will not have tea, but most cafes serving a bit more of a menu will.

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This past fall, cafes in Bologna, Tuscan countryside towns, Umbrian hill towns, and Rome offered black and green or herbal tea. By the way, we stayed in an apartment in each area, and each was well stocked with tea bags. Tetley was the most common brand - maybe they rent to a lot of Brits, who want their tea. Electric kettles weren’t provided, but pots for boiling water certainly were.

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When my sister was in Italy, she told me that having a cup of tea in the morning is a sort of a ritual for her, so she hadn't heard about problems with having tea there.

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I was in Italy a couple months ago. There was no problem getting tea in the morning, but the selection was herbals, green, Early Grey and English Breakfast. Once or twice I asked for "black tea" and was told all they had was "regular" tea, which always turned out to be English Breakfast :-)

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English Breakfast is black tea:)

Hot tea is served everywhere in the morning and no one will blink an eye. There are Italians who don't drink coffee.

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English Breakfast is black tea:)

Exactly! The Italians didn't understand the concept of "black tea."