I mille usi del verbo FARE

I mille usi del verbo FARE I thought long and hard and I made my own list of the many uses of verbo FARE. It’s one of the most used Italian verbs therefore, one of first we should learn. FARE is one of the many Irregular verbs used in Italian, starting from a difficult one…

Speaking about RADICI:  Mandragora, Roots & Witchcraft (EN-IT)

(EN) Mandragola-Mandrake: from the Mediterranean regions to Hogwarts. Talking of roots: if you thought that Mandrake was an imaginary fruit, created by clever Mrs. JK Rowling – author of the famous Harry Potter books – you are majorly mistaken.  The startling plant used in Hogwarts’ school of wizardry and witchcraft was inspired by legends, with…

MANICHE – Word of the Week

MANICHE – Word of the Week : Maniche  = sleeves (la manica, sing;  le maniche, pl) Maniche corte o mezze maniche, e maniche lunghe per magliette (t-shirts), camicette (shirts and blouses)  e abiti (dresses). Curiosità L’espressione “un altro paio di maniche” è usata per indicare qualcosa che non è paragonabile ad un’altra , che è…

Tuscany Lemon Gardens

Tuscany Lemon Gardens I was born in Siena, in a house just outside the historic city centre, with a big garden.  I was used to seeing terracotta vases with lemon plants. They were part of the house, I never asked where they came from, nor did I notice that, in winter, they disappeared from the…

Quarantena – Word of the Week

Quarantena (quarantine) : Do you know that this word has an Italian origin? From quaranta, 40, the number of isolation  days applied to people or animals with infectious diseases to prevent spreading. The term quarantine actually derives from Venice. It refers to the 40 days that the Venetian Republic imposed on ships arriving in the…

Rumori al tempo del Coronavirus- Noises at the time of Coronavirus (IT-EN)

(IT) Rumori al tempo del Coronavirus Il silenzio delle nostre strade in questi giorni è assordante.  Ma c’è un sottofondo. Il BIP di un messaggino in arrivo sul cellulare, le centinaia di notifiche di whatsup, skype; le notizie in TV o gli odiosi appelli a “rimanere in casa” e “lavarsi le mani”, qualche aspirapolvere… Se…

CASA – Word of the Week

CASA – Word of the Week: Hello everyone! Ciao a tutti! Dove siete? Quasi certamente …a casa!!! (Where are you? Almost certainly you are at home!!!) Shall we choose CASA as our Word of the Week?  La casa (fem) in Italian is the word used for both, house and home. “Casa dolce casa”(Home sweet home)…

Beauty elixirs & scented powders – An Anglo-Tuscan Story (dual language)

( IT) Distillati di bellezza e polveri profumate-  Una storia  Anglo- Toscana  – Il tavolino con lo specchio in camera di mia nonna sembrava uscito da un film dell’800. Il tipico tavolino da toilette con scatoline, profumi e la spazzola per i capelli col manico d’argento.  Tutto intorno c’era un delicato  profumo di rosa. Era…

Cypresses,  slender sentinels of Tuscan hills (dual language)

(EN) Cypresses,  slender sentinels of Tuscan hills (by Marì R.) : Lonely, like the spear of an errant knight, or  like an army of brave soldiers, cypresses grace Tuscan  landscapes. It is so common in Tuscany that I almost forgot I have a beautiful cypress in my vegetable garden (orto). Cypresses look like an integral…

Cronache: dalla mia cucina (dual language)

(IT) Cronache dalla mia cucina Che dire?…che sia un “periodaccio” è un eufemismo…Non posso negarlo: faccio fatica ad accettare la situazione. La trovo surreale e combatto constantemente  con me stessa per accettare la nuova realtà. Come tutti mi faccio la domanda: fino a quando? Scrivo qui dalla mia cucina,  e mi impongo di respirare profondamente,…