Italiano in Gelateria (lesson in pills)

Italiano in Gelateria: No way we want you to be unprepared in front of any inviting ice cream shop (GELATERIA) in Italy! As you have discovered in our previous article, il Gelato has part of its origin somehow linked to Tuscany and we really have a great list of BEST PLACES where to eat the most…

Gelato Amore mio

Gelato Amore Mio:  Is ice cream( GELATO)  from Italy? How is Italian ice cream made? Who made the first ice cream? IL GELATO  is for sure one of the best loved Italian food and even though you may read many different stories about its origin, the first type of ice cream-like dessert dates back to…

Artigianato , Palazzi & Giardini

Artigianato, Palazzi & Giardini:Think of  Spring Time in Florence and imagine how charming a visit to the beautiful Corsini Gardens  can be . Hosting the “excellence” among  Italian artisans,  every year the noble Villa Corsini, usually closed to public, in Via della Scala, opens its gates for a special occasion: the exhibition called “Artigianato e…

Discover Tuscany & the Italian language – Programs Autumn 2018

Here we are! Discover Tuscany & the Italian language; In collaboration with AmicaSiena (www.amicasiena.it) , we are happy to present our new offer for  Experiences in Tuscany whether you are interested in learning Italian or you just want to discover the region with us. Main focus of the programs is to discover Tuscany out of…

Italiano dal Parrucchiere (Lesson in pill)

Italiano dal Parrucchiere: Diamoci un taglio!  In English : Let’s drop it! Let’s cut to the chase In Italian it can be an idiomatic expression as well as exactly what you say to your hairdresser when you wish to cut your hair short. In Italian  CAPELLI (plural) is Hair  (one of the myriad quirks of…

Hair Therapy & Language Learning

Hair Therapy & Language Learning : What’s more effective than a good hour of intensive conversation for learning a language ? Chit chat about almost anything,  keeping up to date with anything that goes around, from current affairs to the latest trend in fashion and beauty, from local politics to social issues! Where about? I…

Gita a Montepulciano

(By M.R.) Today is the day for a gita all’aria aperta. If you like beautiful things, come with us for una gita a Montepulciano! Montepulciano is a  town rich in history . The Etruscans were here followed by the Romans. The Middle Ages shaped the town structure as it is now, even though Renaissance buildings…

Word of the Week: BICCHIERE

After so much talking about wine, the first word of the week coming to mind is..of course glass: BICCHIERE. ( photo repost from Il Vinaio, Siena) Vedere il bicchiere mezzo pieno o mezzo vuoto? – as we say to describe whether someone is an optimist or a pessimist Il Bicchiere is a masculine word, I…

Chianti and Chianti Classico: what’s the difference?

Chianti and Chianti Classico: what’s the difference?  If you think that Chianti and Chianti Classico are the same thing, you are wrong. There has been a lot of confusion between the two denominations. In “wine-making-language”, the two terms Chianti & Chianti Classico do exists, but from an historic-geografic point of view, there is only one…

Il Gallo Nero: Tales & Wine

The Black Rooster: Il Gallo Nero, is a well recognizable symbol all around the world. Even if you are not a wine lover, it’s likely you will associate it to a good strong Italian red wine! It is in fact the symbol for Chianti Classico. But have you ever wondered why the Gallo Nero has…