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Una Splendida Villa Romana In Liguria Posted by on Nov 30, 2017

Imagine a rocky coastline rising from the verdigris waters of the Mediterranean sea. Now picture a perfect inlet between two sharp promontories jutting out like shear blades. Right there, at the pivotal point of the blades, at the apex of a steep inverted V, nestles a fabulous villa, la Villa Romana del Varignano. We’ve travelled…

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Le Mie Favole Preferite Posted by on Nov 28, 2017

Leggendo la storia di Cappuccetto Rosso tradotta da Vincenza e Geoff, mi sono tornate in mente le altre favole che conoscevo da bambina. Mi piaceva tanto ascoltare le favole e guardare le figure sognando quando ero piccola, circa quattro o cinque anni, prima che imparassi a leggere i libri ‘veri’! La mia favola preferita era…

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Cappuccetto Rosso – Part 3. Posted by on Nov 24, 2017

Here’s part 3. of Cappuccetto Rosso. You can find part 1 HERE, and part 2. HERE. By and by Little Red Riding-Hood reached her grandmother’s house, and tapped at the door. Non molto dopo Cappuccetto Rosso raggiunse la casa della nonna, e batté leggermente alla porta. “Come in,” said the wolf, in a squeaking voice…

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Cappuccetto Rosso – Part 2. Posted by on Nov 22, 2017

Here’s part 2. of Little Red Riding Hood. You can find part 1. HERE Little Red Riding-Hood was not in a hurry, and there were many things to amuse her in the wood. She ran after the white and yellow butterflies that danced before her, and sometimes she caught one, but she always let it…

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Cappuccetto Rosso – Part 1. Posted by on Nov 20, 2017

My friend Vincenza is a retired Italian language teacher who’s been learning English with me for a while now. Recently we set ourselves the project of translating a version of the traditional fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood. It was quite challenging, and a lot of fun. Here’s what we ended up with: “Now, are…

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The Pale Tower Posted by on Nov 16, 2017

The milky mist of the Pianura Padana envelops the autumnal landscape. As we drive along the typically straight pianura road the majestic fortress of Torrechiara comes into focus like a pale ghost on the first low hills that rise up ahead of us. In order to preserve the magic of the moment we decide to…

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I’m Very Affectionate! Posted by on Nov 13, 2017

‘False friends’ is the very appropriate title given to words that sound similar in two different languages but, in reality, actually have different meanings. Here’s one that can easily catch you out. Affezionato … sounds just like the English word affectionate, right? And it would seem logical that you should be able to use it…

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