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First thing you do when you arrive back in Rome?

Get a real coffee.

What advice would you give to a tourist?



Just leave the touristic side of the city for when you’ll be older. Discover the real Rome, explore suburban neighbourhoods, get lost in the streets of Pigneto or San Lorenzo. Live it.

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

Definitely Palazzo Pamphilj, current head quarters of the Brasilian Embassy, with his magnificent frescoes from Pietro da Cortona… I’ve always dreamt to visit the place in solitude.

 Best place for a romantic holiday in Rome?

I would suggest a B&B in the Monteverde neighbourhood. The place is simply delicious and it’s location is priviledged, since it is very close the most romantic spots of the city (Gianicolo, Aventino ecc.)

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



Though questions in times like these! A politically correct answer: party hard and no work for a day with free concerts all around the city parks: Villa Borghese, Villa Ada, Villa Pamphili, Parco degli Acquedotti. All of them filled with music!

Earliest Rome memory?

Me and my grandpa making a looooooong walk (at least for me back then!), from Piazza Navona to Piazza Risorgimento. That was the first time in my life I’ve crossed a bridge.

 Best meal you’ve had in Rome?

Well, this might be “veg-unfriendly” but… the famous “Maialino arrosto” at the Osteria “Pippo lo Sgobbone” is something beyond extraordinary… and very traditional too.

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

My grandparent’s building, which is a very old house in a narrow side street of Via della Scrofa. Buildings like that, erected in the XIX century from the ruins of old medieval houses, are so soaked of history and past lives that living there is a moving experience.

 What are your favourite late-night hangouts?

Underground music clubs, such as 360° in San Lorenzo, and Squats such as Strike and exSnia. Places with awesome music and good and affordable food\drinks.

 What is your favourite Rome discovery?

The fresh wind coming from the Tirrenian Sea in summer evening. We call it “ponentino” and it kisses gently the western neighbourhoods of the city giving some relief to roman citizens at the end of our hot summer days. That, together with the “pasolinian” poetry of some western roman suburbs such as Trullo or Magliana: really refreshing.



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Rome is a great place to practice Italian while having a lot of fun, especially for young people. Go out, attend events, meet the locals: you’ll have time to sleep when you go back home!

by Enrico, teacher at Kappa Language School in Rome

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Everyone has heard by now about Leonardo DiCaprio finally winning an Oscar. It’s the biggest internet news since that blue/black, gold/white dress that sent everyone into a panic. But another big name has waited quite awhile to receive his own oscar. While Ennio Morricone did receive an honorary oscar in 2007 for his contributions to the musical and cinematic community, he had yet to win one for a specific compostion he had done, UNTIL this past academy awards when he won for best soundtrack of the marvelous movie, The Hateful Eight directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Morricone is a composer of many kinds of genres, however, he started off working in the so called Spaghetti Western genre. For those who don’t know what Spaghetti Western is, it is a class of western movies produced and directed by Italians in Italy. The term was first coined by American movie critics after Sergio Leone made his mark on the cinematic culture with masterpieces such as A Fistful Od Dollars and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. Morricone started in music around the age of 12, studying at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome. He was first nominated for an oscar in 1979, and was nominated several more times until 2007.

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Quentin Tarantino has always been a big fan of the Italian music legend, and has used Morricone’s compositions in several of his other movies, such as Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, and in both Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. However, Morricone had never actually written an original soundtrack for Tarantino, confirming the general reputation of master Quentin amongst the movie estabilishment (“he is like that beautiful but yet awkward woman everyone likes very much but nobody actually has the courage to approach”, a critic once said). That until the director convinced Morricone to compose the soundtrack for The Hateful Eight. But Morricone, having accepted the job just two weeks before starting to work on another soundtrack, actually made use of a some scraps from the soundtrack of John Carpenter’s masterpiece The Thing which he wrote originally in 1982.

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While Morricone has a worked in a wide range of genres and some of his pieces are extremely well-known, here are a selection of some lesser known compositions of his.

Similar to the superfamous theme from Once Upon A Time In America, there is the delicate oboe piece from the movie The Mission (directed by Roland Joffé, starring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons) sounds delicate, intriguing and heartfelt, perfectly matching the atmosphere of the scene, in which father Gabriel and the Guarani tribesmen get to know each other through music.

From the movie with the same title directed by Alberto Bevilacqua, this dreaming suite pictures perfectly the intriguing traits of the movie’s main carachter, played by an outstanding Romy Schneider.

Do you agree with our list? Would you like to add some more titles? Post your own two cents in the comment section!

by Enrico, teacher@ Kappa language school, Rome

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In the past few weeks this video showing an adorable Italian grandpa (actually a cook or something close to) trying to pronounce “Worcestershire Sauce” has become viral and has charmed UK, reminding them why (almost) everybody loves Italians.

Now, the common stereotype about Italians trying to speak English is based on the irrepressible need we have to put a vowel at the end of each word that comes out of our (often moustached) mouths.


That is true indeed, if you consider that even during the fascist era the regime tried to italianize words such as “sport” (turned into diporto), “standard” (Standa is in fact the name of a famous chain of shopping malls) and even “Louis Armstrong” (akwardly translated as Luigi Fortebraccio). But this reluctance towards anglicisms is definitely not only a matter of twisted ideology and cannot be considerad simply as some sad remain of a shameful past or a good subject for comedy: recent studies show that this “allergy” seems to be almost innate, probably due to the sheer phonetic structure of Italian words. Long story short: Italians have the lowest proficiency in English language amongst all Europeans and are ranked 27th in the whole world. And that can lead to huge problems, especially when you try to flee from economic crisis and to make your way abroad.

by Enrico, Italian teacher at Kappa Language school

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If you are dreaming of your holiday in Italy and summer is coming but the weather in London is still miserable then stop dreaming, book your flight and start learning some useful vocabulary.

How to book an hotel in Italian

Level A1.2

A. Un po’ di vocabolario:  abbina le parole


  1. camera
  2. vista
  3. colazione
  4. carta
  5. albergo
  6. agenzia
  7. pagamento


 a)      sul mare

b)      in anticipo

c)      inclusa 

d)      di credito

e)      a 4 stelle

f)       di viaggi

 g)      matrimoniale

Metti in ordine i verbi potere/volere/dovere




io voglio,tu……….

io posso, tu………

io devo,tu………….

How to ask information in Italian

Completa e coniuga i verbi della lista

avere/ costare/ accettare/potere/essere/fare/dovere

  1. …………….. una camera doppia dal 5 al 10 giugno?(voi)
  2. Quanto ………………………?-90 euro a notte.
  3. ……………………..pagamenti con carta di credito?(voi)
  4. …………………..avere il codice per la connessione internet?(io)
  5. A che ora ………..la colazione?
  6. ………………….avere la colazione in camera?(noi)
  7. Come………………..ad arrivare in centro?(noi)
  8. La colazione ………..inclusa nel prezzo della camera?
  9. Dove……………..firmare?(io)

Metti in ordine le frasi

Es. Roma/conosco/buona/a/pizzeria/una> A Roma conosco una buona pizzeria

  1. scuola/andiamo/domani/non/a
  2. colazione/non/la/faccio/mai/mattina
  3. cinema/Lucia/stasera/al/con/vado
  4. con /il/Marco/ parla/fratello
  5. in/ con/ biblioteca/ studio/ spesso/ gli/ amici
  6. i/ qualche/ invita/ Paola/ genitori/ a/ cena/ volta
  7. francese/di/conoscete/l’amica/Gianni/?

Hotel services

centro benessere health club
la piscina swimming pool
il parcheggio parking
il ristorante restaurant

servizio sveglia wake-up call
servizio in camera
room service
l’aria condizionata air conditioning.

Booking a room in Italian

Completa con questi elementi:  possibile, informazione, camera, figlio

Gentili signori,

Vorrei prenotare una……………………… matrimoniale per me e la mia famiglia dal 4 al 7 giugno ma se potete aggiungere un lettino piccolo per nostro ……………… di 4 anni.

Inoltre, è…………………. prenotare un taxi per venire a prenderci all’aeroporto il 4 giugno alle ore 18.

Un’ultima …………………………… avete una piscina e una sauna nell’albergo e quanto costa l’accesso giornaliero.

Vi ringrazio anticipatamente,



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