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…

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…

PAROLA – Word of the Week

PAROLA – Word of the Week: 5- 7th April, it’s time for Parole in Cammino -Festival dell’Italiano , at its III edition in Siena. The event is based on a  project, promoted by the association” La parola che non muore”  in collaboration with Comune di Siena, and with the participation of Università per Stranieri and…

Michele: Maestro Gelataio Creativo

Michele: Maestro Gelataio Creativo (Creative Ice Cream Maker Maestro) – The first time I heard about him was about a very “azzardato” (risky) ice cream flavour ….Un gelato al Cacciucco…an ice cream flavour born as a “game” between Michele Gasparri, Maestro Pasticciere & Gelataio , and the Chef  Michelangelo Rongo who, as a joke , asked…

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 : 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 : FREDDO

Marzo has started with really low temperatures so our choice for the Word of the Week has been easy: FREDDO ( cold) FA FREDDO ( it’s cold) , I would say FREDDISSIMO ( very cold) and its’ normal AVERE FREDDO ( to feel cold) especially if one is FREDDOLOSO ( someone who suffer for the…

Siena la ” rossa” (articolo in italiano)

Arrivando a Siena, da qualunque direzione voi veniate, l ‘immagine che avrete è la stessa: Siena “la rossa”  che dal’’alto del suo colle domina la campagna verde attorno.  Rossa, arancio tendente allo zafferano perché questo è il colore della sua terra, il colore dei suoi palazzi, del cotto del selciato e delle sue mura antiche….