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First thing you do when you arrive back in Montepulciano, Tuscany?

Go to the beginning of Via di Collazzi and take in the panoramic view of San Biagio and the surrounding countryside – spectacular especially at sunset.

What advice would you give to a tourist?

Stay at least one night in Montepulciano. It is such an atmospheric town especially at night time when the day trippers have left. Enjoy a great meal, walk around and soak in the atmosphere of the ancient streets and buildings.

If you had to be locked in a building overnight, which would it be?

One of the grand Palazzo’s on Piazza Grande, hopefully luxuriously furnished so I could experience life as the de Medici’s and nobles in the 15th century.

Best place for a romantic holiday/ dinner/date in Montepulciano?

Book a hotel/villa with a terrace overlooking the centro storico or the fabulous countryside and enjoy with a glass of vino nobile!

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What would you do if you were Mayor for the day?

I would suggest organising a festival but there are already many during the year especially in summer.

Earliest Tuscany memory?

Driving through the pouring rain and jumping out of the car and having my photo taken under the Florence signpost as the sun came out – my first time in Italy and we had arrived in Florence, a long held dream realised.

Best meal you’ve had in Tuscany?

Any of the food at Rosso Rubino Trattoria in Montepulciano, they have the best homemade pasta and dolci, the service is very friendly and a brilliant selection of wines from the local producers.

If you could buy any building in Montepulciano, which would it be?

One with a terrace overlooking the valley.

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What are your favourite late-night hangouts?

Il bar “ Lucevan le stelle”.

What is your favourite Tuscany discovery?

Formaggio pecorino with pear and ginger jam!

 

Best advice for other students of Italian in Montepulciano at ilSasso.com?

Go into the shops, cafes, restaurants and cantina’s and practice speaking Italian. The townspeople are very happy to let you speak ( no matter how slowly) and will encourage and help you.

 

 

by  Martina Farrell, student at Il Sasso, Italian Language School in Montepulciano

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No visit to Agnone is complete without seeing the ancient Sannite ruins at Pietrabbondante, only a short drive away.  We went on a spectacular Sunday evening and had the place to ourselves. The historians of our group were amazed to hear about this tribe, considered to be the original Italians.

An Italici tribe, these powerful warriors were an Oscan speaking people, who fought a series of wars against the Romans, winning spectacular victories in the first 2, the most famous being the battle of Caudine Forks (321 B.C.) but being finally subjugated in the 3rd, the Battle of Colline Gate in 82 B.C.

Oscan is an extinct Indo-European language of southern Italy. The language is also the namesake of the language group to which it belonged. As a member and origin of the Italic languages, Oscan is therefore a sister language to Latin and Umbrian.

In 1848 in the hills outside Agnone, a bronze tablet was found by a shepherd and sold to the D’Onforio family. 20 years later, this “Tavola dei Dei” was sold to a dealer in Rome who  sold it to the British Museum in London, where it is today.

Dated from around 500 B.C., the tablet enabled scholars to discover more about Sannite gods and rituals, many of their pagan beliefs are echoed in the deep religious traditions of the local contadini today, important dates and festivals, and attributes of the gods are similar to the Saints honoured today.

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Incredibly, some of the words on the tablet are similar to words in the Agnonese dialetto. The study of the tablet enabled scholars to learn to read the Oscan language and to explore their history, and the origins of Italian language and culture.

When the original was sold to the Roman dealer, a copy of this bronze tablet was made and kept by the D’Onofrio family.

But, in 2013, some old files were unearthed in the Naples’ museum leading scholars to question whether the British Museum tablet really is the original . Tests are being carried out on the D’Onofrio tablet, although it seems the British Museum are not forthcoming with an analysis of theirs. Agnone waits to hear.

In August in the Palazzo Bonanni in Agnone, a beautiful and very comprehensive exhibition opened: La Tavola dei Dei. This is hoped to be the beginning of a permanent museum in Agnone. On display is the D’Onofrio Tablet. Is it the real Tavola Osca?

Visit the website and see more about our visits and learning Italian off the beaten track..

 by Jenifer@ liveandlearnitalian.com

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Easter in Agnone with Jenifer: get an idea of the programme

 

 

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A professional chef and an experienced teacher will team up for this special day!

The chef will show you and teach you in Italian how to prepare delicious dishes while the teacher will help with the vocabulary and assist you during the lesson.
You will start with Primi Piatti on the first lesson to continue with Secondi Piatti and Dolci.
These cooking lessons are for everyone, students are taught simple, delicious, back-to-basics home Italian cooking.
An informal, informative and a lots of fun day.
So.. let’s Cuciniamo...and after we enjoy what has been prepared eating all together our Italian Sunday lunch.
All lessons will be conducted in Italian for all levels.
By taking part in this course, the students will expand and deepen their knowledge of Italian language and food culture.

Don’t waste time or you will be starving 🙂
Booking essential, limited places available.

We are extremely disappointed to cancel our event. We are sorry to have to inform you that we have to cancel this event due to a misunderstanding with the venue and their management.

We will organize another event soon and as always we hope to see you all there.

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Giuseppe – gamoroso77@gmail.com
Antonio – antonio.lucicesare@gmail.com

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Why Sorrento for Spring?

Because for all the pizza and limoncello clichés, this handsome seaside town, on the rocky peninsula that forms the southern reach of the Bay of Naples, has la dolce vita spirit down pat. And because, if you’re lucky with the weather, even this early in the year there are days that feel like high summer. By April spring is well and truly under way.

Dominating its own little bay-within-the-bay, Sorrento‘s seaside vocation is given historical depth by its wealth of Renaissance palazzi and Romanesque churches. It’s a perfect hopping-off point for the even more vertical charms of the Amalfi Coast on the southern side of the peninsula, and for the elegant resort island of Capri, which is just a 20-minute ferry ride away.
Spend the morning … Wandering around Sorrento‘s Renaissance and Baroque centro storico, which makes up in southern charm what it lacks in stand-out sights. And although few of the package visitors that throng the town ever discover them, there are a few worthwhile cultural draws – such as the Museobottega della Tarisalignea, dedicated to the history of Sorrento’s marquetry work, or the lovely 14th-century cloister of the church of San Francesco.

Spend the afternoon …

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Exploring the Amalfi Coast, the vertical paradise of perched villages and rugged nature on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula.
Positano, the first of the Amalfi towns, is a Mediterranean marvel with its steeply-tiered pastel houses and dolce vita bars and boutiques; Amalfi, beyond, has a more medieval feel, and its Arab-Norman cathedral bears eloquent witness to the town’s high-water mark between the ninth and 12th centuries, when it was a powerful maritime republic.

Spend the next day…

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Being alternative. There’s no denying that Pompeii, 17 miles from Sorrento is an amazing sight – an entire Roman town preserved in suspended animation as it was on the day in AD 79 when Vesuvius erupted and buried the place in volcanic ash. But Italy’s most visited archaeological site is always crowded.

Head instead for the other great Vesuvian site, Herculaneum, Ercolano which has had a facelift and now offers a far more pleasant visitor experience. And with its wide suspended walkways, it’s the only one worth considering for visitors with mobility difficulties.

Go shopping for…

Something other than limoncello. Inlaid intarsia furniture, or marquetry, is an ancient Sorrentine craft.

For local produce, head for the downtown outlet of organic farm Fattoria Terranova. Here you can buy homemade jams, savoury preserves, cheeses, olive oil and – yes, even limoncello – safe in the knowledge that they’re genuine and local.

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Have you ever heard about the story of a wooden puppet who is able to walk, speak, eat and whose dream is to become a real boy? Of course you did! We are talking about Pinocchio, the main character of one of the most famous Italian childrens novels, “Le avventure di Pinocchio”, written by Carlo Collodi from Firenze. Pinocchio is well-known for his nose, which grows every time he tells a lie; so well-known, in fact, that pathological liars are said to be affected by the “Pinocchio syndrome” and that Italians use to say that la bugia ti corre su per il naso (which means that you can detect a liar only looking at his/her facial expressions).

geppettoPinocchio is irresponsible, disobedient, impudent and he runs away from his “father” Geppetto as soon as he is able to walk. After leaving Geppetto, the puppet meets a lot of strange characters, popular as much as Pinocchio in the Italian culture.

Mangiafuoco (literally “fire-eater”), the master of the Great Marionette Theatre, an irascible and ugly man, large and with red hairs, who sneezes every time he moves to compassion. And if an Italian friend calls you “mangiafuoco”, start asking yourself if you are a bossy and irascible person…mangiafuoco
Il Gatto e la Volpe, (The cat and the fox) a pair of greedy cheats who lie to Pinocchio in order to rob him of his few belongings. In the Italian imagination they are icons of cunning and tricks: “essere come il gatto e la volpe” means to be inseparable… mainly to behave dishonestly. And how could we forget the Italian song “Il gatto e la volpe” by Edoarbo Bennato? Listen to it and you will learn not to trust the cat and the fox.

Il Grillo Parlante,(The talking cricket) who tries to give good advices to Pinocchio. He represents the conscience of the puppet, who continues to joke and laugh without listen to him. Do you like to invite constantly other people to behave in a good way and to be wise? Well, pay attention, you are becoming a “grillo parlante”!
La Fata Turchina, (The blue-haired fairy) a warm-hearted fairy who forgives the misbehaviour of Pinocchio and tries to help him in all ways. So if you are a kind and sympathetic woman, always ready to help others (even too much), keep calm and begin to train you patience: you friends will start soon to call you fata turchina!

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And if you want to know more about Pinocchio, you just have to choose whether reading the original fairytale or watching one of the movies based on the novel. I personally suggest “Le avventure di Pinocchio”, directed by Luigi Comencini (1972) – with an unforgettable Nino Manfredi in the role of Geppetto – and “Pinocchio”, directed by Roberto Benigni (2002).

by Alessia Accorrà, teacher@  Kappa Language school in Rome

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The last undiscovered region of Italy, Molise is also the youngest, until 1963 forming part of Abruzzi e Molise. This split created a region in the Apennine hills, covering 4,440 square kilometres with a population of 300,000.

Molise’s density of population is 1/3 of the national average, it is bordered by Abruzzo to the north, Lazio to the west, Campania to the south, Puglia to the east and with a short north-eastern coastline on the Adriatic.

 

P1060272The main economy is agriculture with many family small holdings offering high-quality products produced by traditional methods. Cereals, excellent olive oil, vegetables, fruits and dairy products are the mainstay of the region. The local grape is Tintilia which has been rediscovered in the last ten years and is making a big resurgence.

 

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On an early morning visit to the family small holding of La Montagna, we see Donato work his cheeses. (We dubbed him the Donatello of Cheese, the work requiring not only great skill but strength!) Every day of the year the 10 family cows are milked and the pasta ( yes! the word used for the mixture of rennet and fresh milk used to create the cheeses) prepared for the daily production.

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A favourite cheese which is particular to this part of Italy is caciocavallo (cheese on horseback) – two cheese forms being bound together with rope and left to mature by placing them a cavallo, straddling a horizontal stick or branch. It is made of sheep or goat’s milk with a taste similar to provolone with a hard edible rind.

Other great cheeses of the region are ricotta, scamorza, treccia, and stracciata.

Like a lot of southern Italy, the cuisine is very simple but the produce is of extremely high quality and the locals wouldn’t dream of eating anything not very fresh, seasonal, ripe or local!

Live and Learn Italian invites you to join us in Molise for a daily Italian lesson complimented with visits to local producers and cultural sights of interest, all in Italian. Our hosts are local people sharing a passion for their traditions, their produce, their heritage and most of all, their language.

With strong family connections to the town, I created this experience having come here myself to study the language and discovering a wonderful region, very much off the beaten track. Agnone boasts a rich cultural heritage and is a perfect place to discover the real Italy.You will find so many opportunities to engage with the community, practice the language and enjoy life in this small but unique town.

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Fino al 31 gennaio in programma a Pontedera presso il Museo Piaggio la mostra «Corradino d’Ascanio: Uomo, Genio, Mago, Mito» che esplora la vita e le opere dell’ingegnere abruzzese autore della Vespa. All’interno dell’esposizione sono stati ricostruiti gli ambienti originali dell’epoca anche grazie all’uso della realtà virtuale.
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A famous Italian song to learn Italian: Sto pensando a te- Vasco Rossi

Completa la canzone

………. ……………………………….. a te
mentre ……………………., mentre ………….., mentre ……………….., mentre………………..
………. ……………………………………a te
mentre ………  ……………………., quando ……………………….. tutto il giorno
…………. ……………………………. a te
mentre ……..   ……………………… di ogni orgoglio mentre ……………… il mio destino
………..  …………………………………………. a te
quando …………………….. mentre ancora ………………… il tuo profumo
Na na na
Cosa ……………………….al posto mio
se ogni pensiero
se ogni pensiero fossi io
Cosa ……………………… tu?
Cosa ……………………… tu?
………. ……………………………………a te
mentre ………  ……………………., quando ……………………….. tutto il giorno………. ……………………………….. a te
mentre ……………………., mentre ………….., mentre ……………….., mentre………………..…………. ……………………………. a te
mentre ……..   ……………………… di ogni orgoglio quando ……………… il mio destino
………..  …………………………………………. a te
mentre …………………….. quando ancora ………………… il tuo profumo
Na na na
Cosa ……………………….al posto mio
se ogni pensiero
se ogni pensiero fossi io
Cosa ……………………… tu?
Cosa ……………………… tu?Cosa ……………………….al posto mio
se ogni pensiero
se ogni pensiero fossi io, cosa …………………… tu, cosa …………………… tu


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Fill the gaps with the future tense of the verbs in the list

Scommesse sulle nozze del secolo

piovere/nascere/ avere/  prendere /essere/ aprire / andare

Gli allibratori inglesi hanno dato oggi le quote sulle nozze del secolo (tra William e Kate, il 29 aprile prossimo, detto per chi avesse trascorso i mesi scorsi su Marte). Eccole.

Che colore …………………. (A) il cappello della regina (giallo è il favorito, dato 4 a 1)? Che canzone …………………………………….(B) le danze al ricevimento serale (”You’re beatiful” 5 a 1, ma per vincere un po’ di quattrini bisognerebbe puntare su “Sex on fire”, 50 a 1)? Quando…………………………. (C) il primo bebè (agosto 2012, 9 a 1)? Dove …………………………………(D) in luna di miele (Kenya 5 a 4, ma per fare quattrini meglio Gibilterra 50 a 1 oppure Benidorm 80 a 1)? Chi ………………………… (E)al volo il bouquet di fiori di Kate (sua sorella Pippa, 12 a 1, ma per guadagnarci su meglio Sarah Ferguson, che non pare sia stata invitata, 20 a 1)?

……………………………………..(F) ? Di che colore ……………………………..(G) il vestito nuziale di Kate (avorio 4 a 6, bianco 9 a 4, crema 3 a 1, champagne 10 a 1, vaniglia 16 a 1, verde 66 a 1)? William verrà piantato da Kate all’altare con un bel “no” (100 a 1)?

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