“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…

FALSI AMICI – Word of the Week

They are commonly called “False Friends – Falsi Amici” and we are not talking about the double-faced people we all have met in life, at one point or another. Here we are talking about the numerous confusing Italian words that, in English sound similar but have a completely different meaning. We recently had a lesson…

Meet Alessandro: Creative Pizza-Maker (dual language)

(EN) Meet Alessandro:  Creative Pizza-Maker, from Tuscany to Paris Whenever someone tells me how young Italians don’t want to work, or leave home,  that they are “mammoni” … Well, I would like to reply that I have so many stories to tell you!  I know so many young people who have decided to start new…

“Dare i numeri” in Florence

Dare i numeri in Florence – During the nineteenth century, Florence experienced sudden massive urban changes with a great increase in business activities, evolving from being simple carts or stalls with people working just outside family homes, to regular shops, the way we know today. The municipality decided therefore that a method was needed to…

ROSA – Word of the Week

ROSA- Word of the Week : With the new month, our word of the week is ROSA, the iconic May flower. There are many varieties of Roses and you are going to discover more about it in the next article @ “Tuscany Fragrant Pharmacy “. Rosa, in Italian, also is a colour(pink)  and it doesn’t…

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…

CENCI- Word of the Week

CENCI- Word of the Week: February is that time of the year announcing the imminent arrival of Spring and the approaching end of the cold months…even though, very often we have to wait until half of March to really enjoy  milder temperatures. But February in Italy is also closely related to Carnevale (actually, dates always…

A cup of Tea from England to Tuscany

A cup of  Tea from England to Tuscany: “A cup of tea is a cup of peace”…”You can’t buy happiness but you can buy tea, and that’s kind of the same thing” From my English life I brought with me many happy memories linked to the very British drink, together with a good amount of…

DESIDERIO – Word of the Week

It’s the New Year: Time to make a wish! Esprimere un Desiderio! Our work of the week is DESIDERIO! We all wish for something (the verb is DESIDERARE) at any age and any stage of our lives. We may wish for something real (qualcosa di reale) or something unlikely (improbabile), something for the immediate time…

Chiara’s Guide to how to sound like a native Italian

Just using the right MODO di DIRE at the  right time can make you sound like a native speaker! Follow Chiara’s guide. Usare il giusto modo di dire o  espressione al momento giusto può farvi sembrare un madrelingua! So it is really cool – or as Italians say…è una figata!- to know how and when…