Wine represents a very important but also an indispensable component in the Italian cultural and social tradition. Wine occupies a fortunate place in Italian gastronomy, no wonder, since long ago vines found here the ideal conditions and for this reason the Greeks called this territory “Enotria – Terra del Vino” (Enotria – Land of wine), a sign that the vine and the production of wine were already well present in Italy since the times of Greek colonization.
“Shall we have a coffee?” in Italian: “Vuoi un caffe’?” A simple question that encompasses the desire to be together, to confide in one another, to relax, a break during work! The place can be “il bar” or simply at home! This is the first question that an Italian will ask you when welcoming you into his house, right after greeting you!
The surprising origins of “In bocca al lupo!”
This year, from 4th to 8th February, the Sanremo Music Festival has turned 70 and it has celebrated with many diverse and peculiar songs.
The so-called days of the “Merla” (hen blackbird) are, according to tradition, the last three days of January that are supposed to be…
In two weeks will be February, the month of love and romance. Everybody knows that Valentine’s Day is celebrated worldwide on 14th February. Chocolates, greeting cards with cupidos, flowers and gifts, heart shaped goods are exchanged between lovers. Not too many know the origin
Chinese friends or Chinese speakers who are learning (or would like to learn) Italian, don’t worry! We’re working for you!
There is no doubt that consumerism has pervaded (with greater or lesser intensity depending on the economic circumstances of the moment) the last 40 years of the last century and continues into the current one.
Here are ten Latin expressions Italians use in everyday life, but not only Italians.
We have already explained how the definition of “dialect”, as widespread in Italy, lends itself to numerous misunderstandings: in fact it confuses the strictly linguistic and the sociological level.