In 1968 a 6.1 earthquake rattled the Belice valley in Sicily, destroying Santa Margherita di Belice – where my grandfather was born. Every Italian American family has an earthquake story Continue reading It’s Time to Help: Amatrice Earthquake
More from Grotta Palazzese. A memorable evening in the Puglia seaside town of Polignano a Mare. If you plan on going, make sure to check their schedule as it varies with the time of year.
So I’ve now been flying over 10 hours and I have to say its really not been that bad thanks to my trusty iPad. I have spent many hours watching “The Good Wife”, a television series I hadn’t watched before. I don’t watch much television so these kinds of trips give me an opportunity toContinue reading Time and Time Again
Excited? Over the moon!!!
Gemelli Press has a great new weekly series featuring a new Italian word every week. Here’s an excerpt from their first entry. Well done Gemelli! ARRANGIARSI [ahr-rahn-JAHR-see]: TO ARRANGE ONESELF This is one of Italian’s famous reflexive verbs, so “si arrangia”means “she arranges herself” or “he arranges himself.” OK, minds out of the gutter. ThatContinue reading Italian Word of the Week from Gemelli Press: Arrangiarsi
This is a rhyme all of us learned in school when studying grammar. Not too hard to learn and it pretty much holds true. Receive. Perceive. Believe. Yes. It works. Enter, the Italian language. So many grammar rules with so many exceptions. It goes on and on. Makes me dizzy trying to understand the rule,Continue reading I before E…. except after C
A couple of years ago I became interested in learning about my Italian ancestors. With Bavetta being the family name, I set out to find them in Sicily. This has proven to be more difficult than I thought. So I built a webpage Bavettas.com and started building a family tree – thinking I could figureContinue reading Mondays at the Marketplace
So, last night I had dinner at my mom’s house and thought I would take that opportunity to ask her what I should see while I’m in Florence. She used to teach art history so she knows a thing or two about it. While I knew that Florence has a remarkable treasure trove of interestingContinue reading So much to see, so little time……
In a perfect world there would be perfect walking shoes. Or so I keep thinking. A while back I noticed that the shoe stores had stopped carrying my shoe size. “Do you have this one in a five and a half?” I’d ask, dangling my latest find under their nose. I wasn’t prepared for theContinue reading Finding the perfect walking shoes…..and other fairy tales.
Here’s a map and description of the wonderful tour Nada Vergili of Nada’s Italy has put together for us. If you click on the blue markers you can see a description of what we will be doing. I have a few days on my own before and after the tour – not sure of where IContinue reading The map tells the story……