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Archive for April, 2012

Una Domenica a Parma Posted by on Apr 30, 2012

O.K. time to test your skills at translation. After all, you’ll have to manage on your own when you visit Italy, vero? I’ll give you a little bit of help by explaining at the end the key words and expressions highlighted in pink. Domenica scorsa, 22 aprile, approfittando del fatto che era l’ultimo giorno della…

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Piacere Posted by on Apr 27, 2012

Chatting with an English couple the other day about the strange convolutions of the Italian language, the conversation moved onto the famous topic of piacere (to please). As a visitor to Italia you can be sure that you will be asked frequently ‘ti piace questo, ti piace quello?’ (do you like this, do you like…

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Tales of La Gioconda–Part 3 Posted by on Apr 25, 2012

Previously in Tales of La Gioconda: Monna Lisa Stolen from the Louvre by Decorator!! Vincenzo Leonard was the pseudonym of Louvre decorator and odd job man Vincenzo Peruggia who was born near Luino in northern Italy.  Like thousands of other Italians, Peruggia emigrated to France in search of work. In his role as Louvre odd…

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Tales of La Gioconda–Part 2 Posted by on Apr 23, 2012

It’s Monday the 21st of August 1911, the Louvre museum is closed to the public, and only a few people with special permission are allowed in. Amongst them is Louis Berould, who is hoping to paint a copy of the Monna Lisa. When he reaches the gallery where La Gioconda is exhibited, Berould finds an…

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Tales of La Gioconda–Part 1 Posted by on Apr 20, 2012

It’s probably the world’s most famous painting, millions of us have been to visit it in the Louvre, and just about everyone will have seen it reproduced as a print, postcard, chocolate box lid, tea cosy, etc. ad infinitum. But how many of us have found ourselves standing amongst the constant crowd of pilgrims that…

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