Suarez, Italian, University for Foreigners of Perugia

The very famous, star Uruguayan footballer (Americans would call him “soccer player”) Luis Suarez, formerly of Barcelona and coveted by Turin’s club Juventus, has recently taken an exam in the Italian language at the University of Perugia (pictured above), which was necessary for him to obtain Italian citizenship. In the end he failed, so goodbye […]

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Coronavirus Italy Consecrates Itself to the Virgin Mary

While you may have read about or seen videos of Italians in Coronavirus lockdown singing from their balconies to each other and to the rest of the world, different responses to the crisis have emerged in Italy. From the North to the South of the country, many mayors have consecrated their towns and cities, starting [...]
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“Trump Defends National Identity, An Example for Italy”

“Trump and his defence of national identity should be a model for Italy”. These were the words of the Italian politician Giorgia Meloni, who was in Washington to participate as a guest in the traditional National Prayer Breakfast, a series of meetings to convene and pray together held every year, organised on behalf of members […]

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Venice Carnival Is about To Start. Carnival History

The floods of a few months ago and consequent damages have not had any effects on the most romantic and one of the most artistic carnivals in the world, Venice Carnival. Venice Carnival events will start on 8 February 2020 and end on 25 February, as scheduled. You can see the details, all dates, photos […]

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Viareggio Carnival 2020 Novelties, Greta as Dorothy

The world’s most famous and most gigantic allegorical floats are about to parade for six times from 1 to 25 February on the seafront esplanade for the Carnival of Viareggio, seaside resort on Tuscany’s northern coast, as they’ve been doing every year for over 140 years. Why allegorical? You may as well ask. An allegory […]

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New Year but In Italy Not Enough New Babies

Italy is “one of the oldest countries in the world”: these are the words of the Italian official Institute of Statistics Istat, which in its Yearbook explains how the cause is the decrease in the birth rate together with the increase in life expectancy: In 2018 the decline in births continues, from 458,151 in 2017 […]

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Common but Confusing Words for Weekday and Vacation

While in Italy, you’ll often find a frequently-used word that may puzzle you at first: “feriale”, plural “feriali”. The most common context in which you’ll see this word is in the days and hours of opening of shops, services, offices and so on. You’ll read something like “Aperto giorni feriali 8 – 13”, which means […]

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