Five things about Italians that surprise first-time visitors

Five things about Italians that surprise first-time visitors

During my lessons I meet people from all over the world. Some of them have already visited Italy at least once, some others, instead, haven’t done it yet. People who did go to Italy, have usually different stories to tell. So, today I’ve decided to write about some of the aspects they didn’t expect to find in Italy. Here are five things about Italians that might suprise first-time visitors 1. Italians never go out with wet hair I was actually surprised to hear that someone, somewhere in the world – not in Italy, that’s for sure – is brave enough…

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Italian events in November

Italian events in November

Did you know that every month there are special Italian events in every part of Italy? Isn’t it awesome? Let’s see some of the events you can join if you happen to be in Italy in November. 1. Barter week This is the first of the Italian events happening in November that is worth mentioning. The barter week happens every year in November since 2008 and offers you an incredible occasion: to stay in a B&B in Italy for free. It seems like a dream, isn’t it? But there’s a catch. In exchange for a free staying you have to…

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Italian folklore characters – Il buffarello

Italian folklore characters – Il buffarello

I think in every country there are stories about folklore characters and Italy is no exception. In Italy, every region has some peculiar folklore characters. So, today I’m going to talk about one of these Italian folklore characters: Buffarello. Buffarello Buffarello is a character born in Val di Serchio, in Tuscany. He’s a naughty sprite, not very tall – usually he’s 50 cm tall – and usually dressed in red clothes and pointed shoes. His appearance changes from town to town. In fact, in some towns he’s described as a black and ugly animal, in others as a beardless child,…

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New archeological discoveries in Italy

New archeological discoveries in Italy

Italy is well known for the precence of many famous historical sites in its territory. Every year archeologists dig hoping to make new archeological discoveries. Here are some of the new archeological discoveries of the last few years in Italy. Lombardy During some excavations in Lombardy, some archeologists found the skeleton of a man who lived in the 6th century and died in his 40s or 50s. The peculiarity about the man is that he carried some sort of prothesis. Indeed, his right hand had been amputated up to his mid-forearm and it was replaced by a dagger. It appears…

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New Italian books to read this summer

New Italian books to read this summer

I don’t know about you but during summer I like to read books while I’m on holiday. I read them before breakfast, after breakfast while liying on the beach in the afternoon and also before going to sleep. Reading is actually one of the major activities I do while I’m on holiday. If you’re a little be like me and are searching for new Italian books to read, here are my suggestions. 1. Lena e la tempesta Lena e la tempesta is a book by Alessia Gazzola. Gazzola wrote also a book called L’Allieva, that has been adapted as an…

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