Italian lesson in pills: Un tè in Italiano (dual language)

Italian lesson in pills: Un tè in Italiano – Per un tè del pomeriggio here is what you need: un servito da tè – tea set che include una teiera – tea pot, tazze e piattini – cups and saucers , cucchiaini– tea spoons, per lo zucchero– for the sugar, una zuccheriera– sugar bowl, per il latte–…

Tea in Tuscany-Chiara’s Guide

Tea in Tuscany – Chiara’s Guide : Would you like an adventure now or shall we have our tea first?”- Peter Pan Let’s start from Siena where you can find the Corner Shop–La Vie del Tè in Via Cecco Angiolieri,  with a wide selection of unique blends; among these one of my favourites : “Turkish Tea…

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…

ALBERO – Word of the week

And with the countdown to Christmas- Natale, our word of the week is ALBERO (tree) as in Albero di Natale!  Un Albero (sing)  and molti Alberi (pl) but each type has its own name so…let’s have a look at some of the most popular in Tuscany. Let’s start by  the seasonal- stagionale  ABETE (Fìr Tree…

CAPPELLO – Word of the Week

Cappello – Hat , Word of the Week: In Summer, “under the Tuscan sun” one can’ t do without it! Non si può fare a meno dei Cappelli! ATTENZIONE to double consonants! In Italian they are very important! Un CAPPELLO is a HAT while Un CAPELLO  (only one “p” difference) is hair. I CAPPELLI have…

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…

Gita a Montepulciano

(By M.R.) Today is the day for a gita all’aria aperta. If you like beautiful things, come with us for una gita a Montepulciano! Montepulciano is a  town rich in history . The Etruscans were here followed by the Romans. The Middle Ages shaped the town structure as it is now, even though Renaissance buildings…

Word of the Week : Mare

Our word of the week is MARE. As Spring is finally here, Italians love to go to the seaside in their free time (or at least we do @Chiarastuscany ). Noi amiamo andare al mare! We love the seaside- IL MARE , the beach – La SPIAGGIA, the forest – La PINETA, the sand –…