Category: Life in Italy

Inspiring Italian idioms and sayings

Inspiring Italian idioms and sayings

Think about the Italian language. You’re swooning aren’t you? Of course you are, it’s as natural as gelato; you can’t help yourself but indulge in it.  Just thinking about it makes me sigh, that musical sing-songy nature which oozes charm and romance.  No wonder it’s admired the […]

The Art of Aperitivo

The Art of Aperitivo

Effortless Style.  Those two words seem to epitomise the Italian race. It’s in their genes. And me, plagued with my inherited English awkwardness can just look on and admire how an entire population can manage to do even the simplest, mundane of tasks with such effortless […]

Surprising facts about Italy 

Surprising facts about Italy 

Are you obsessed with trivia? I am. I’m the type of person who trawls the internet for useless facts that whilst I’ll never use in any meaningful conversation somehow make me feel warm inside.  If you are as intrigued as I am, feast your eyes on some of these interesting facts about Italy and think about the next time you can impress a stranger with your worldly knowledge.  The water cooler will never be the same again… (more…)

10 things everyone who moves to Italy learns to do

10 things everyone who moves to Italy learns to do

After a short time living in Italy everyone starts to be a little bit more Italian about things…

The Italian summer

The Italian summer

It goes without saying that summer is most people’s favourite season but in Calabria summer transforms the place.

8 things Italians can’t live without

8 things Italians can’t live without

As a straniera (a foreigner) I’ve noticed that the Italians have some things that they just can’t function without.  They are the linchpins to Calabrese culture without which everything would fall apart.  As the years pass I have definitely become more accustomed to these traditions and admit that a few things on this list are now essential even for me. Am I becoming more Calabrese?!?!

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