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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.

TRAVEL DESIGN AND PLANNING

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.

LANGUAGE COURSES

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.

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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.

Thanks for stopping by and buona giornata!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Milan is a bustling city full of activity, events and tourists. But in case you need a little escape from all the craziness, here are some ideas on what to do outside the city, just an hour away.  

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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.

TRAVEL DESIGN AND PLANNING

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.

LANGUAGE COURSES

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.

BLOG

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.

Thanks for stopping by and buona giornata!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As an adult, I was never much into Valentine’s Day.  I admit it.  It seemed so contrived – like a forced display of love. And nothing makes me more crazy than something that seems forced.  One day in talking this over with my sis, she totally convinced me otherwise.  “Why would you not want to celebrate a day dedicated to love?”   I don’t know what happened, but when I heard those words, it just clicked with me that Valentines’s can be what you want it to be.  It does not have to be cheesy and over the top, but can be just what YOU want it to be.   Read More

This weekend I saw a movie in which  Vanessa Paradis stars.  She covered of a beautiful, classic Neapolitan song played at the end of the film.  I specify this song as “Neapolitan” because it is sung in the dialect from Naples.  Read More

Jumping through hoops and lots of running around. Life is made up of both these things. So which is it?  Jumping or running?  For me, the question relates not only to life but also to a last name situation.

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Last Christmas (as in Christmas, 2013) we visited one of hubby’s aunts.  She was talking about how every week she made
her little boy (who is now a grown man) a ciambellone so he would not be eating the commercially made merendine.  A ciambellone is, in essence, a bundt cake.  A merendina is a packaged sweet snack (think:  Ding Dongs, Twinkies, Ho-Hos). Read More

With New Year’s right around the corner, in Italy that means the street markets and shops will be selling lots of red underwear. Here is a photo to help you get a feel for what I am talking about.

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If you are planning a trip to Italy, no doubt you will be stopping for a caffè. In Italy, a cafe is called a bar. As an American, when I hear the word “bar,” I think of a place to order a whiskey, and while you can certainly have a drink, these bars are more geared towards coffee drinkers than those seeking a cocktail. (Although there will always be those who prefer Prosecco for breakfast).

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Seeing how it is Friday and the perfect day for an aperitivo (happy hour), I think the recipe for an Aperol Spritz is a must. This is one of my favorite summer cocktails.  It is refreshing, fun and colorful. Read More