10 Idiomatic expressions to speak like the English

 10 Idiomatic expressions to speak like the English : @ChiarasTuscany & @ChiarasEngland  our motto is #chiparlapiulinguevivepiuvite If it is true that learning slang and idiomatic expressions is fun when practicing Italian, the same is true if you are learning English. Here I our list of top 10 popular English expressions:  Use them and show off…

Un Piccolo Teatro in the heart of Siena

Hidden gem in one of the most elegant cities I can think of, Palazzo Sergardi and Piccolo Teatro is part of my childhood memories.  It’s  squeaky parquet under ballet shoes, crackling music from an old stereo, it’ s the sound of the teacher’s dance stick tapping out the rhythm… If I close my eyes I can…

Chiara’s Guide to how to sound like a native Italian

Just using the right MODO di DIRE at the  right time can make you sound like a native speaker! Follow Chiara’s guide. Usare il giusto modo di dire o  espressione al momento giusto può farvi sembrare un madrelingua! So it is really cool – or as Italians say…è una figata!- to know how and when…

Al Mare…

This post is entirely in Italian. It is dedicated to all the people  who love the beautiful language as well as the sea , il Mare.  “If you go to the seaside …take with you somebody who can really understand it…It is not like going to the bar, going shopping or meeting for  ice cream…it…

FICO – Word of the Week

FICO – Word of the Week. September is a month of transition: temperatures are dropping and summer is winding down into fall. Now the Tuscan countryside is at its best and, in the world of fruit,  September is the month for figs to hit markets and restaurants.   The choice for our Word of the Week for…

Eating Vegetarian in Tuscany

Are you vegetarian? Walking the streets of Tuscany with friends and guests who love food and wine is, of course, a very enjoyable experience and an easy one to organize. Surely there is no shortage of places to choose from in this beautiful region. However, not being vegetarian myself, I have to think a bit…

Siena and the Never-found-River

Siena and the Never-found-River legend.  Built on top of three hills, far away from natural sources of water  (lakes or rivers), the choice of Siena’s location is an unusual one to start with.  The majority of rich towns were built near water, think of famous ones! On one hand this allowed Siena to defend itself…

CAPPELLO – Word of the Week

Cappello – Hat , Word of the Week: In Summer, “under the Tuscan sun” one can’ t do without it! Non si può fare a meno dei Cappelli! ATTENZIONE to double consonants! In Italian they are very important! Un CAPPELLO is a HAT while Un CAPELLO  (only one “p” difference) is hair. I CAPPELLI have…

Meet Luciano: Crystal Master

Meet Luciano, Crystal Master : His workshop and shop is called La Grotta del Cristallo, that in English translates as the Crystal Cave and it’s located in the small town of Colle Val d’Elsa , near Siena, renowned for crystal production and decoration. Città del Cristallo – City of Crystal Mistakenly ignored by tourist itineraries,…

STELLA – WORD OF THE WEEK

STELLA- Star, Word of the Week , of course! Today , August 10th, in Italy we celebrate San Lorenzo and it’s  tranditionally  the night of the shooting stars: LA NOTTE DELLE STELLE CADENTI, è IL MOMENTO DI ESPRIMERE UN DESIDERIO! (time to make a wish) UNA STELLA, MOLTE STELLE, LA STELLA CADENTE is different from…