Following these tips can mean the difference between a perfect trip and one marred by disapproving stares and unmet expectations: Cappuccino is solely a morning drink. If you don't want to look like a tourist, don't order one after 10 a.m. Be prepared to navigate steep inclines as you make your way around town. Because the roads are incredibly narrow and the streets often go straight uphill, many locals drive scooters. Be respectful of customs. The Genovese are quite formal in behavior and clothing. Dress is conservative—no flip-flops or shorts, with jeans rarely seen on anyone over the age of 18. The ancient city is beautiful to explore by daylight, but in the dark (and with relatively few streetlights, it is very dark!) streets can get a bit seedy. Prostitution is legal and still practiced in Genoa, so small alleys can become home to many types of evening characters. Be smart, keep your eyes open, and make sure you are aware of your surroundings at all times.