Renting a car in Italy – Things to consider

Renting a car in Italy - Things to consider

Are you thinking about renting a car during your trip to Italy? If it’s so, here are some of the things you should consider when renting a car in Italy. FUEL First of all, what type of car is it better to choose: petrol or a diesel? There isn’t a right answer to this question. However, if you want to save some money, you should go for a diesel car. Indeed, in Italy diesel costs definitely less than petrol. GPS Should I get a car with a gps device or not? If you don’t have a good phone app, I…

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Italian idioms for new year resolutions

Italian idioms for new year resolutions

This year is coming to an end and it’s time for us to think about new year resolutions. So, I thought it was a good idea to list some Italian idioms that can be related to new year resolutions someway. 1. CHI LA DURA LA VINCE This Italian idiom is perfect for people who tried to carry out a project or to reach a target during the year – i.e. passing Cils or Celi, or running 50 km a month – but despite all their efforts failed. Indeed, the Italian idiom chi la dura la vince helps us remember that…

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From Italy with love: Italian gift ideas

From Italy with love Italian gift ideas

Christmas is approaching fast. Have you already bought all the gifts for your family and friends? No? Then here are a few Italian gift ideas among which you can choose. FOOD Italy produces tons and tons of good food. However, for people living abroad it’s sometimes difficult to find authentic Italian food in shops or stores – by the way, do you know how to recognize fake Italian food? Anyway, thanks to online shops part of this problem can be solved. Let’s see some typical Italian food you can buy online without worries. Panettone: is a traditional Italian cake that…

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Six words that change meaning in informal Italian

Six words that change meaning in informal Italian

In Italian there are many common words that carry one meaning in standard Italian and another one in informal Italian. So, let’s see six words that change meaning in informal Italian. 1. PALLA Palla can have different meanings in standard Italian. However, one of the most common is ball. a. Giochiamo a palla Let’s paly ball Instead, in informal Italian palla can mean at least two things. It can mean boring, and it can mean lie. b. E’ davvero una palla! He’s really boring! c. Quindi Marco mi ha detto una palla. Non era a casa con l’influenza! So, Marco…

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Italian games for children to play outside (Part 2)

Italian games for children to play outside

For children playing outside is the perfect way to make new friends. There are many games your children can play outside with other children in Italy – have a look also at Playing outside – Italian games for children (Part 1). Let’s see some of them.   IL LUPO MANGIA-FRUTTA Il lupo mangia-frutta, literally the wolf who eats fruit, is one of the many games your children can play outside with 5 or more friends. Before starting the game, children decide who’s gonna play the wolf, and a safe area – una casa. Once they’ve decided, the wolf stands in…

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