Bread, apart from being the staple food of Italian diet, has a very ancient history in the Bel Paese, which dates back to Roman times. Nutritious, fragrant and tasty, bread turns on the four senses and over the centuries has taken forms and types that have made it a fundamental food for our diet.
The origins of weekday names go way back to ancient times. The Sumerians were the first people to convert time in months, which is the amount of time the moon takes to complete a full cycle around the earth.
Dentists beware! Once the presents have been unwrapped, the turkey eaten and the new year rung in, a return to the surgery in January will almost certainly see the waiting room inundated with patients.
The festive season is of course one known for providing many a treat for those with a sweet tooth.
We can’t stop years pass by, but since time immemorial, we like to give names to mark it. We use the month names all the time, but do you know what their names mean? And who gives them names? The Romans, of course!
Chinese friends or Chinese speakers who are learning (or would like to learn) Italian, don’t worry! We’re working for you!
Let’s be clear since the beginning: were not the Chinese to invent pasta, hence it did not come to Italians thanks to Marco Polo. Instead, it was born in Arab Sicily, to then go up all over Italy. Passing through Naples and Genoa. This is the curious story of the dish symbolizing Italianness.
Italian is a Romance language based on the fourteenth-century idiom used in the city of Florence. The official language spoken today in the Italian Republic and in the Canton of Ticino in Switzerland is based on the Florentine literary used by the great writers Dante, Petrarca and Boccaccio.