The Francigena Road, first true European journey

The Francigena Road, first true European journey- The famous Francigena Road is not a single long trail, but rather a dense network of country tracks, small paths and streets along a challenging itinerary, 1800 Km long.  In the Middle Ages, this  was the most important  road connecting Rome to Northern Europe. Sigerico’s Diary  The Francigena…

CASTAGNA – Word of the Week

CASTAGNA – Word of the Week Castagna, Word of the Week; Lesson in pills: Can you think of a better symbol for the Autumn season?  La Castagna (Chestnut) is the main protagonist of the numerous Fairs, Festivals that cheer up our Tuscan villages in October. With some of our students we went to  Festa d’Autunno…

Parole da salvare: Villeggiatura & Paltò

Parole da salvare : Dal 1 al 5 Aprile 2020, Siena ospiterà la quarta edizione di “Parole in cammino”  il Festival della Lingua italiana e delle Lingue d’Italia, manifestazione promossa dal Comune di Siena, in collaborazione con l’Università per Stranieri di Siena e l’Università di Siena, diretta da Massimo Arcangeli. https://www.ilfestivaldellalinguaitaliana.it/ In preparazione per l’evento…

PIAZZA – Word of the Week

PIAZZA is our Word of the Week.  La Piazza – Square in Italy is the soul of each city, town, village. No matter the size, La Piazza is the meeting point, the heart of social life, the place to see people and be seen… Centre of economic and political activities, la Piazza often takes its…

Shopping in Tuscany,Italy: Practical Info

Shopping in Tuscany,Italy – Practical Info: Le nostre “lezioni sul campo” (lessons on the field) during shopping tours give the opportunity to practice your Italian if you wish to. We already had a “lesson in pills” about “Fare la spesa in Italiano” Today we want to give you some practical info in case you decide…

Small Survival Guide under the Tuscan Sun

Small Survival Guide under the Tuscan Sun –  Yes it is all very romantic…under the Tuscan Sun, the country house villa, the lovely narrow streets in the cities…but when it is so hot that you melt, sleepless nights appear to be longer than they should and the floor seems to glue under your sandals…well …a…

La Leggiadra Rondinella (Italian)

LA LEGGIADRA RONDINELLA (by M. Regoli) : Percorrendo la Cassia da Siena in direzione di Roma non passa di certo inosservata ed anch’io, come tanti, sono sempre stata incuriosita da quella singolare villa isolata che si scorge in alto appena usciti da Buonconvento. ‘La Rondinella ‘ è una villa liberty bella ed elegante circondata dal…

PORTA – Word of the Week

PORTA is DOOR in English and I have a “mania”: I love taking photos of doors wherever I go. Behind every house door I always try to imagine what type of life there might be. For a long time I suffered a lack of roots , as my nature would be inclined to be deeply…

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…