Si fa o non si fa?

Si fa o non si fa? – As part of cultural awareness it is very important (sometimes vital) to know what to do and what better not to,  when travelling to a foreign country. There are parts of the world where it is better to not blow your nose in public, keep shoes on or…

Il Cipresso. Do you know that…?

Do you know that one of the major Tuscan symbols actually has foreign roots? It seems that Cypresses, from Latin “Cupressus sempervirens”, were introduced in this region by the Etruscans, a fascinating population whose origins remain object of debate. The tree appears to have come from “Anatolia”, nowadays part of Turkey. Etruscans, great travellers and…

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…

Ricette , Occhi verdi e Ricordi (articolo in Italiano)

Tutto è nato da un intreccio di ricordi d’infanzia, di storie raccontate, di foto ritrovate, di donne dagli occhi verdi, di ricette tramandate. Perché è così che da sempre funziona a casa mia : abbiamo spesso fatto fatica a conservare quaderni e appunti : siamo sempre “andate a memoria”. E i ricordi, si sa, col…