Italian love stories – Paolo and Francesca

Famous Italian love stories - Paolo and Francesca

Saint Valentine is the day when romantic love is celebrated all around the world. History, literature, cinema, theater offer many examples of love stories. One of my favourite love stories ever told is that of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler in Gone with the wind. However, this is an American love story and, unfortunately, at the moment there is no place for it in my Italian blog. Luckily for us, however, there are famous Italian love stories as well. So, what’s better than talking about famous Italian love stories for Saint Valentine’s day? Today I’m going to talk about Paolo …

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Let’s learn Italian pronominal verbs

Let's learn Italian pronominal verbs

In Italian there is a group of verbs called pronominal verbs. Italian pronominal verbs are verbs that change their meaning when combined with pronominal particles – ci, ne, la – or with reflexive pronouns. Sometimes this change is small, some others it’s rather deep. So, today you’re going to learn seven very common Italian pronominal verbs. FARCELA Farcela in Italian means to succeed in doing something or manage to reach a goal. Ex: Ce l’ho fatta! Ti ho battuto! I did it! I’ve beaten you! Another common meaning of the Italian pronominal verb farcela is to be tired, fed up …

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Italian miracles – miracle of Lanciano, Cascia, Alatri

Italian miracles - Miracle of Lanciano, Cascia, Alatri

Italy is a land famous for food, fashion and culture. However, we don’t have to forget that in Italy is located also one of the most important centers of Christianity: the Vatican. The history of Christianity at some point joins the history of Italy, and becomes part of its culture. Nowadays a good number of people visit pilgrimage places every year. If you’re interested in visiting some pilgrimage destinations in Italy have a look at Italian pilgrimage destinations you should see.  In the history of Christianity also miracles have an important place. One of the most famous miracles is probably …

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Italian booking vocabulary – Dining out

Italian booking vocabulary - dining out

If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you’ll surely know that some time ago I started a series of small guides to help you master basic Italian sentences in different situations. For example, if you want to rent an apartment for your Italian staying, have a look at Renting apartments in Italy – Things to know.  Instead, if you want to go shopping in Italy, reading my article Learn some words related to Italian clothing – In an Italian shop can be useful. Today, however, has come to my mind that maybe you’re not travelling in Italy alone, or maybe …

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Three Italian monuments about Italian delights

Three Italian monuments about Italian delights

If you’ve ever visited Italy, you’ll have noticed that in some cities and towns there is at least one monument. Some monuments are placed in squares, some others in public parks or on traffic circles. Many of them are built to commemorate famous historical personalities such as Giuseppe Garibaldi, Vittorio Emanuele II, Pope Pio XI, Pope Giovanni Paolo II, but also to commemorate famous Italian public personalities such as Mike Bongiorno. In general, Italian monuments mirror the Italian culture, so it’s not surprising that among the many monuments you’ll come across in Italy a lot of them are dedicated to …

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