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San Rufino Church in Assisi | Print |  E-mail

Here is a picture of the San Rufino Cathedral located in Assisi, Italy.

The church was dedicated to Saint Rufino, a martyr from the 3rd century.

Construction started on this Romanesque-style church in 1140 AD. It plays an important part of the Franciscan order as it is the place where St. Francis of Assisi was baptized along with Saint Claire.

To reach the main office call Italy country code 039 and then 075-812283

Photograph by Enrico Rubicondo, Palermo, Sicily (LinkedIn)


My House is Open to Friends - Italian Saying | Print |  E-mail
Written by Larry Aiello   
Thursday, 26 March 2015 15:40

Here is a little Italian souvenir I have haning in my house.  It is a sign that is inviting and welcoming:

La mia casa è aperta al sole, agli amici sinceri e agli ospiti.

It basically states that my house is open to the sun, to sincere friends and to guests. It is a great expression of Italian hospitality. Below is the image.

la mia casa e' aperta al sole, agli amici sinceri e agli ospiti - an Italian saying

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff - in Italian | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 23 March 2015 15:17

Here is an Italian saying that I really like:

Chi vuol vivere e star bene, prende il mondo come viene.

It means those that want to live well and be well should just take the world as it comes. Or in other words don't sweat the small stuff. In English we have a similar saying meaning go with the flow.

Below you can see the picture.

chi vuol vivere e star bene prende il mondo come viene - Italian saying

Azzurro peformed by Taddeo Scalici at San Gennaro Fest | Print |  E-mail
Sunday, 08 March 2015 13:55

Here is a video of Taddeo Scalici performing the popular Italian song called Azzurro by Celentano.  Below the video are the lyrics.

Cerco l'estate tutto l'anno
I look for summer all year long

E all'improvviso eccola qua
and all of a sudden, here it is.

E lei e partita per le spiagge
She left for the beach

E sono solo quassu in citta
and I'm alone, up here, in the city

Sento fischiare sopra i tetti
I hear whistling above the roofs

Un aeroplano che se ne va
an airplane that is leaving.



il pomeriggio e' troppo azzurro < Video starts here
the afternoon is too blue

E lungo per me, mi accorgo
Too long for me, I realize

Di non avere piu risorse
I don't have more resources

Senza di te, e allora
Without you, and so

Io quasi quasi prendo il treno
I'm about to take the train

E vengo, vengo da te
And come, come to you

Ma il treno dei desideri
But the train of desires

Nei miei pensieri all'incontrario va
In my thoughts goes the other way

End of Chorus

Penso quand'ero all'oratorio
Thinking when I was at the oratory

Con tanto sole, tant' anni fa
With so much sun, many years ago

Quelle domeniche da solo
Those Sundays by myself

In un cortile, a passeggiar
In a courtyard, taking a walk

Ora mi annoio piu di allora
And now I get more annoyed than before

Neanche un prete per passegar
With not even a priest to walk with

Repeat Chorus

Vedo un po' d'Africa in giardino
I see a little bit of Arica in the garden

Tra l'oleandro e il baobab
Between the oleander and the monkey bread

Come facevo da bambino
Like I used to as a child

Ma qui c'e' niente, per rinfrescar
But there is nothing here, (nothing) refreshing

Stanno innaffiando le tue rose
They are watering your roses

Non c'e il leone, chissa dov'e'
The lion is not here, who knows where he is

Repeat Chorus

It's Never Too Late - George Eliot Inspirational Quote in Italian | Print |  E-mail

It's funny how far we've come in society. Many people by today's standards would be shocked to know that George Eliot, the author of many famous works and quotes was actually a woman.   Marian Evans created the pen name in 1857 to help disguise the fact that she was a female novelist.  She also felt that her status as being unmarried would also have been detrimental to her career.  So she came up with the pseudonym of George Eliot after convincing her publisher.

Here is one of Eliot's famous quotes translated into Italian:

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
Non è mai troppo tardi per essere ciò che saresti dovuto essere.

Inspirational quote from George Eliot translated into Italian


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Agriturismo in Italy

What is Agriturismo? In Italian, it is actually a combination of two words - Agricoltura and Turismo - agriculture and tourism.

It basically means spending your vacation on a farm.  It started becoming popular in the 1980s when many Italian farmers were looking for other ways to supplement their income. At an Italian agriturismo you will usually have the chance to experience the foods prepared from raw materials produced on the farm.  Some will allow their guests participate in the activities surrounding the farm such as wine-making, cheese-making, olive production, milking cows, etc.  It is usually a very rustic experience.  Agriturismo can be another option instead of a typical Italian vacation that involves Italian hotels.  Most of them are located in Tuscany, Umbria and Sicily.


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