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…

Cammino – Word of the Week

Il cammino (En. the path) comes from the verb Camminare (to walk) and it’s the thing I miss the most since the long Italian lockdown started, more than 40 days ago. Il cammino, sinonimi sono camminata, itinerario, marcia, percorso, but also sentiero, strada, tragitto, via, viaggio. Aggettivi giusti Il cammino can be breve/ corto, lungo,…

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…

Italian Food Idioms – How do you translate it?

Italian Food  Idioms: How do you translate it? Come si traduce ?  – We all love good Italian food, and it can be interesting to find some Italian idioms that use food and drink to express a variety of meanings. It all reinforce the concept that food is central to Italian culture! Let’s have  a…

VINO- Word of the Week

VINO – Word of the Week : The last Word of the Week we chose for the  year 2019 was Capodanno,  with the numerous toasts (brindisi) made with Champagne and Prosecco. We have decided te stay on the topic and our first Word of the Week for 2020 is VINO. How do you say VINO…

CAPODANNO – Word of the Week

CAPODANNO – Word of the Week: “Natale con I tuoi e Pasqua con chi vuoi” is an Italian way of saying : Spend Christmas with family and Easter with whoever you want. Italian families tend to be a little bit overwhelming during the Christmas Holidays so…in case you are feeling happy that the endless series…

“FALSI AMICI” A TAVOLA

In Italian and in Italy, the table, LA TAVOLA, as we have already discovered brings with it  a concept different from IL TAVOLO. It is around UNA TAVOLA that one should have the loved ones and, of course, Real  Friends – VERI AMICI.  That’s why we believe it is more than ever important for you…

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…

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…

LUNA –Word of the Week

LUNA –Word of the Week: Stregati dalla Luna – Moonstruck (as in a famous movie I really loved). There has been a lot of “moon-talk” recently with celebrations coming up on July 20th for the Moon landing Anniversary: an unforgettable piece of history coupled with the unmatched magic of the Moon.   But the planet has…