With eggplant in season, take advantage of the period and prepare this classic dish that is always a crowd pleaser:  eggplant parmesan otherwise known as parmigiana di melanzane, or melanzane alla parmigiana or simply:  parmigiana.   Read More

When I first moved to Italy, people were constantly stealing from me – my wallet from my purse, money from my coat pocket, countless phones from my backpack.  Read More

A few weeks ago I listed some ways to cool off in the city by visiting a pool.  But if you are willing to travel a little bit more, you can find some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Read More


Italy has been experiencing an early start to summer this year.  It has been hot, so here are some nice options to cool off when ya just can no longer take the heat. Read More

So easy, so delicious and no oven involved! I can’t really bake so of course the tiramisu is one of my go-to desserts. I did a little research to see where this “classic” Italian dessert originated from and as it turns out, it is not so classic after all.

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Aosta Valley occupies the sweetest little corner of northwest Italy.  To me Aosta is the fairy tale region of Italy – full of history, romance and of course – castles.  Here in the smallest region of Italy you will find French-speaking Italians, surrounded by The Alps and every kind of castle you can imagine.  What could be more fairy tale than THAT setting? Read More

10 Signs You Lived in Italy in a Past Life

Great post by the blog:  Live Like an Italian.  Spot on!  Number 6 was my favorite!

Live Like an Italian

1. Your hands are as important as your words. Everything you say is punctuated with a perfectly orchestrated hand motion.  Crazy weekend? You recount it with a flourish of the wrist.  Difficult boss? A shake of the fist. Don’t understand what someone wants? Purse your fingers together. Absolutely starving? Tap your tummy.  No story is complete with the hand motions that really get the point across.


2. You dress to make an impression. Be that head-to-toe monochrome, or a perfectly fitted suit, your clothes make a statement about you.  You do not believe in sweatpants in the grocery store, unless they are designer and accessorized; and you would never leave the house without hair done and makeup perfectly applied.

3. Whatever  your shape, you work it. Most fabulous person in the room? That’s you. But you already knew that.  Your confidence is off the charts and anyone who says otherwise is crazy.

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Milan is a working town.  It is a busy place and is going to get busier in about one day with the EXPO 2015 opening.  Why not get away from the crowds below and enjoy some peace and tranquillity from up above? Read More

Looking for a home in Italy?  Have about €250,000 to spend?  What can you get with that kind of cash? Well, that all depends on where you are.  In places like historic centers of Rome and Milan expect to pay this amount for a 300 square foot (30 square meters) “apartment.”   Read More

Many people are fearful of driving in Italy. I admit I was one of them. Growing up in Texas where we have lots of space, are overly hospitable and have something called lanes, I was terrified of driving in Milan. Not only are there cars on the streets in Milan, but people, cyclists, scooters and trains. Ok, they are really trams, but in my mind, having to compete with something riding along tracks when I don’t even have a lane, seems like a train. Read More




Welcome to Italy Translated!   We are here to make your next trip to Italy the best ever.  If you are planning a trip to Italy or need a little help with the language, or even are just looking for general information about life in Italy, you have come to the right place.


We offer tailor-made itineraries and will be your exclusive travel consultant covering all the details of your vacation from start to finish.   We are not just experts on planning trips, but we also offer ideas on experiences that you may not even know exist.  Check out our travel services for more info.


In addition to travel design, we also offer lighthearted language classes.  These fun and casual courses are held in Milan in an informal setting and visitors receive an easy introduction to the poetic Italian language.  Classes are focused on teaching basic survival phrases and polite ways to interact with locals.  See our language section for course options.


Have a look at the blog for everything else that relates to the Italian way of life….including music, recipes, travel info and of course countless complaints about the dreaded red tape the Italians are so famous for.

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In Italy, “La Bella Figura” does not completely relate to having a beautiful body or figure, but it is somewhat linked.  La Bella Figura is an approach to life – a philosophy.   Read More