Italy vs England

 “Cruising at 40,000+ feet above the Atlantic Ocean, I feel strangely at peace. Halfway between the two places I call home, I want to hover here for a while. It’s the place where I don’t feel torn, neither heading towards, nor leaving behind, the places and people I love. I can no longer say which…

ARIA- Word of the Week

Word of the week: ARIA  – In Summer, we like to spend as much time as we can all’aria aperta (in the open air). So we picked ARIA as  Word of the Week. In music, an Aria is a long song accompanying a solo voice.  An Aria is usually in an opera. It is an Italian…

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…

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…

Word of the Week : Cane

Word of the Week is  CANE, dog : Spring has sprung ! what is better than going for a walk with the man’s best friend, IL CANE? In the beautiful picture let me introduce you to DANTE (what else could  a beautiful Tuscan dog be called ?) Dante lives in Siena and is very lucky…

Word of the Week: Tavolo

Our new word of the week is : TAVOLO which in Italian means “table”.  But did you now that UN TAVOLO in Italian has a slightly different meaning than UNA TAVOLA?  Un TAVOLO (masculine  word ending in – O)  is a piece of furniture; UNA TAVOLA (feminine word ending in – A) is word with…

Shopping in Italian ( part 2)

Vi va di andare per negozi? ( fancy going for shopping?) Do you remember the difference between Fare la spesa and fare shopping? If you don’t , go back a few posts… Today andiamo per negozi in a few places we really like for clothes and accessorize (abiti ed accessori ). In Italia you can…

Words of the Week. Amore & Baci

Our word of the week…better to say words of the week are Amore e Bacio . Per questa settimana abbiamo due parole . Well it’s February – Febbraio– we couldn’ t ignore it: San Valentino, La Festa degli Innamorati, cioccolatini e coppiette romantiche ….I know, most of us are single and so who cares about…

Riccioli & Cappelli-Outside the tourist shopping itinerary with Chiara

Outside the tourist shopping itinerary , and away from the busy streets in Siena, we found a lovely shop around the corner. You can’t get in in big groups, this is a shop for connoisseurs, out-of-the-crowd-shoppers , lovers of special things. Here is all about hats ( actually accessories too: gloves and scarves…) Lots of…

Word of the Week – La Parola della Settimana

Every week  we like to choose an Italian word / Ogni settimana ci piace scegliere una parola italiana: questa settimana è ” Chiacchiere” . “Chit-Chat” , come le due amiche nella foto.  Chiacchierare, the verb, chiacchiericcio ( a way to say gossip). Lovely words whose sound already gives you a hint  about the meaning. Remember:…