Tag Archives: Italy

A New Idea: Watch this Space

For any of you lovely people who for some reason actively enjoy my writing, you may be aware that my other wordpress page – unwrittenshades – largely consists of book reviews. Yes, I am a bookworm. No surprises there really, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Monte Isola

With several large, tourist-budding lakes only a hundred or so kilometres apart in the north of Italy, there is obviously some competition between them, in much the same way as with neighbouring city’s football teams. Being my Italian home, Garda … Continue reading

Posted in Places, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Learn a Language Abroad

When I hear of someone desperate to learn a language, my advice is always the same: go to that country. There is no quicker or more effective way to get the grasp of a foreign tongue than by being completely … Continue reading

Posted in Italian Language | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Speak to a Foreign Language Learner

I’ve been in a lot of all-Italian groups since living here, both when I barely spoke a beginner’s level of the language, up to now when I think (or hope) that I have a fairly good grasp of it. I … Continue reading

Posted in Italian Language | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Santa Lucia

Ask any child from the Veneto or Lombardy region what their favourite night of the year is, and it won’t be their birthday, nor Halloween, nor even Christmas Eve, but the night before Santa Lucia. This Christian martyr holds all … Continue reading

Posted in Italian Culture | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

English vs Italian Breakfast 

​While Italy is worldwide renowned for its dishes, the full English breakfast is arguably a competitor for food fame. So which nation wins when it comes to coaxing us out of bed? Let’s start where I started; England. Any English … Continue reading

Posted in Italian Culture | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Padenghe Castle 

  Looking over the small lake-side town, this mediaeval castle is one of the highlights of Padenghe-sul-Garda and the surrounding area. Constructed at the end of the ninth century on a Roman fort, the original outer stone walls still remain, … Continue reading

Posted in Places | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment