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Bagniamoci I Piedi Posted by on Aug 9, 2017

Lunedì scorso era il mio compleanno: “Cosa vuoi fare per il tuo compleanno?” mi chiede Geoff. “Voglio fare una gita nelle Alpi Apuane” gli rispondo. Ed eccoci ad Equi Terme! Equi Terme, se non ci siete mai stati, è un antico borgo nascosto nel cuore delle stupende Alpi Apuane in Toscana. Da casa nostra ci…

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Italian Style Octopus And Potato Salad Posted by on Aug 7, 2017

Here’s a wonderful summer recipe full of the flavours of the sea, l’insalata di polpo e patate (octopus and potato salad). This classic Italian dish is quite simple and very tasty, but beware: there are some gruesome acts to be committed. I can’t wait to see Geoff’s expression when he reads it! Allora, siete pronti?…

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Shepherdess For A Day Posted by on Aug 3, 2017

Today I’m going to publish a piece written by my friend Simona, who owns La Gallina Cubista, an organic whole-food shop here in Pontremoli. Every week Simona publishes a newsletter advertising her products. Last week, though, she decided to do something a little different by writing about her morning out on the mountains near Pontremoli…

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Understanding Italian Modal Verbs Posted by on Aug 1, 2017

Volere (to want), dovere (to have to) and potere (to be able to) are the three so called modal verbs. As verbs go, they are not particularly difficult to conjugate … until you need to use them in the present perfect (passato prossimo). Then things start to get really interesting! A prerequisite to understanding how…

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Ciamioncino, The Singing Trash Collector Posted by on Jul 28, 2017

Ciamioncino is the nickname of Omar Gueye, a young Senegalese singer from Bergamo in the north of Italy. His name derives from the Italian word camioncino (little truck/lorry), a reference to the trash/rubbish truck which he spends his days following as an ‘operatore ecologico’. So, how did a spazzino (the common name for a street…

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