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Five Italian words with unsatisfying English equivalents

Five Italian words with unsatisfying English equivalents

January 28, 2010

  If I’m speaking English with someone who I know speaks or understands Italian, I tend to inject the words below into conversation rather than use the English approximation. The Italian version is just better! Have a look at the…

Do you know the name of this mountain? (and why you should know local names)

Do you know the name of this mountain? (and why you should know local names)

October 23, 2009

  Is it: a) Matterhorn b) Mont Cervin c) Monte Cervino d) all of the above   The answer is D. Asking Italians about The Matterhorn – a Swiss mountain also visible from Italy and France – will produce blank…

Why are there holes in Italian buildings and towers?

Why are there holes in Italian buildings and towers?

October 16, 2009

When I worked as a tour guide in Italy, I got this question pretty frequently from travelers who paid attention to architecture. Why are there holes in Italian buildings and towers? The photo below is of the clock tower in…

Surprising things about Italy

Surprising things about Italy

September 09, 2009

One of the best things about traveling to a foreign country is that it makes you stop and think about all your own assumptions. Things you’ve taken for granted, assumed were correct, or never really gave much thought to —…

The 5 Best Things to Do in Italy, Regardless of your Itinerary

The 5 Best Things to Do in Italy, Regardless of your Itinerary

August 26, 2009

It doesn’t matter whether you’re visiting Rome, Florence, and Venice or whether you’re spending 2 weeks in the countryside; whether you’re going to Italy in the height of summer or the middle of January; or whether you’re museum-hopping or spending…

Art appreciation in Italy: Prioritize In Situ

Art appreciation in Italy: Prioritize In Situ

July 16, 2009

    What do the Sistine Chapel, the mosaics in Piazza Armerina or Ravenna, Coreggio’s masterpiece in Parma, and Milan’s Last Supper have in common? The art is all in situ (on site), meaning it was created for a specific place. And lucky for us, it is…

Which Museums to Visit in Italy? A guide to help you decide.

Which Museums to Visit in Italy? A guide to help you decide.

July 03, 2009

Italy has 3,800 museums, many of them world-class. With limited vacation time and so many other things to see, how does a traveler decide which museums to visit in Italy – which ones make the cut to be included in…

How to open an Italian Bank Account

How to open an Italian Bank Account

April 14, 2009

This is Part II of my experience navigating the bureaucracy in Italy after relocating to Milan on a corporate expat assignment, and below I describe how I opened an Italian bank account, got an Italian ID card, and got La Residenza,…

Navigating the Bureaucracy: How Can I Work Legally in Italy?

Navigating the Bureaucracy: How Can I Work Legally in Italy?

March 24, 2009

Living in Italy is very different from being a tourist in Italy, in large part because of Italian bureaucracy. I have worked legally in Italy in a couple different jobs: first as a tour guide, and then as an expat….

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