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 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–…

FIORE – Word of the Week

Word of the Week is FIORE – flower : Summer activities are flourishing all around Italy and in Italian we say “Le attività estive fioriscono”, from “FIORIRE”- flourishing but also  blooming. Singular FIORE (flower), with FIORI as plural adding a splash of colour to all Italian windows and balconies Of course these are FIORI DI…