Learning a foreign language is like wading through a swamp; you take two steps forward and a step back. It’s been found that in the early stages of foreign language learning, that we acquire around 2000 words which occur with high frequency. But that isn’t enough for real conversations, to understand the news or to read a book. Apparently, around 7000 words are ideal.Continue Reading
Italians love celebrations and Ferragosto on 15 August, is a national holiday which has its origins in the year 18BC in the time of the emperor Augustus.
Happy holiday and Buon Ferragosto!
The words Italy and style are synonymous. Just think the Vespa, Ferrari and Versace. And if Italian style and grace is what you’re after, look no further than Sophia Loren. The Italian philosophy which emphasises beauty, style and grace is called ‘la bella figura’ or ‘the beautiful figure’. But, it’s also about behaving well or Il Galateo.Continue Reading
Our special friends braved their own long Italian Journey to be with us at Christmas. A crazy different experience for them, starting with the weather!Continue Reading
With the backdrop of an Adelaide winter − cold and wet with mostly grey skies − memories of a hot Italian summer are a welcome distraction. Swimming in the ocean in Liguria, sweltering in Verona’s humidity and tranquil moments in beautiful places with Italian friends.Continue Reading
Palazzo Pfanner is a beautiful green oasis in the middle of Lucca, especially when you need to get out of the tuscan sun.Continue Reading
The Garfagnana is a beautiful jewel in Tuscany. Two hours north of Lucca, this rural enclave of outstanding natural beauty is nestled between the spectacular jagged ‘marble mountains’ of the Alpi Apuane and the rolling ‘spine of Italy’, the Apennines.Continue Reading
Eva’s kitchen overlooks the hills surrounding Lucca. Cooking lessons are fun, especially with Eva’s big personality and glasses of local wine.Continue Reading