If you’re packing your suitcases and heading for Italy in the coming months, some practical phrases are sure to come in handy. And so I’m launching a series of post...
Le feste di maggio
“Aprile con il fiore, maggio con il colore,” Italians say, “April with its flower, May with its color.” A rainbow of Italian...
Il ricettario de “Il sole della Toscana”
The Tuscan Sun Cookbook
Some people win you over with “hello”; some books, with an irresistible cover or title. Franc...
No season may be sweeter or more welcome than Spring. While surfing google.it, I came across some essays Italian students wrote on the reasons why, includ...
Risparmiare, Fare Economia
“Con la crisi gli italiani tornano parsimoniosi,” a newspaper headline recently declared. (With the crisis, Italians are becoming pars...
Thanks to my Catholic childhood, I could easily follow the Sunday mass in the tiny stone church of the Borgo Monte Vibiano Vecchio in Umbria. Then the white...
When we were in Rome two winters ago, I asked if it might snow. “No,” everyone said. “Nevica a ogni morte di papa.” Literally, it snows “every death of the pope”...
It has become the oscenit
Shipwreck, total ruin
The sight of a huge cruise ship (nave da crociera) lying on its side (su un fianco) in the water, as if sleeping (come addormentata), was ...
“What is the most important thing to focus on when learning a new language?” a reader recently wrote. I posted his question on the LA BELLA L...