PORTA – Word of the Week

PORTA is DOOR in English and I have a “mania”: I love taking photos of doors wherever I go. Behind every house door I always try to imagine what type of life there might be. For a long time I suffered a lack of roots , as my nature would be inclined to be deeply…

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…

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…

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…

FICO – Word of the Week

FICO – Word of the Week. September is a month of transition: temperatures are dropping and summer is winding down into fall. Now the Tuscan countryside is at its best and, in the world of fruit,  September is the month for figs to hit markets and restaurants.   The choice for our Word of the Week for…

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…

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…