CURIOSITIES

CURIOSITIES

IN BOCCA AL LUPO – GOOD LUCK

lisa 20. October 2020 Tags: , , , , CURIOSITIES No comments
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Are you taking an exam? In bocca al lupo.
Do you have a sports competition? A medical exam?
Are you going to play the lottery? Or meeting your ex? Again: in bocca al lupo.

Whatever obstacle or challenge you’re facing, in Italy you will end up in the mouth of the wolf if you need luck!

The Italian phrase “In bocca al lupo” (literally translated: in the mouth of the wolf) is used in a superstitious sense to wish “good luck”.

But where does this saying we hear so often in Bel Paese come from? Read More

FERRAGOSTO IN ITALY: ORIGIN AND TRADITION

lisa 11. August 2020 Tags: , , , , CURIOSITIES No comments
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Ferragosto Day in Italy

Closed schools, empty cities, crowded beaches, shutters with the words “We are on vacation”: this is the typical scenario in August in Italy, a month of rest.

Everywhere in Italy, August is a vacation month and therefore also rich in “sagre”, village festivals.

The 15th of this month in particular, Ferragosto is celebrated, the summer festival par excellence. It is the only summer holiday in Italy and we like to spend it in company.

The most anticipated summer festival has its origins in the history of ancient Rome and is then intertwined with the Catholic tradition. Read More

THE NIGHT OF SAN LORENZO

antonella 30. July 2020 Tags: , , , , , CURIOSITIES No comments
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August 10th: the night of wishes

August 10th is the most fascinating night of the year: that of the shooting stars!

It is a special night full of dreams and wishes, in which thousands of people are waiting for the shooting stars looking up at the sky.

Bonfires are organized on the beach, people sing and play guitar, bathe at night and grill in the garden.

For the night of San Lorenzo everyone is looking for the perfect place away from the city lights. Read More

ITALIAN COFFEE AND NEAPOLITAN CUCCUMA

lisa 2. July 2020 Tags: , , , , , , CURIOSITIES No comments
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COFFEE IN ITALY

From north to south, from east to west, people in the world have something in common, that makes them feel at home wherever they are: coffee, or rather the tradition of coffee.

In fact, so widespread all over the world it is not everywhere just a drink.

In Italy coffee is a ritual that cannot be renounced.
It is a way of being, a tradition, a moment of pause, relaxation and reflection.

Let’s have a coffee” is nowadays a common invitation to spend enjoyable time with friends.

The Italian coffee history begins with the Neapolitan coffee machine up to the moka and espresso machine and has influenced the coffee traditions of many populations. Read More

THE TRADITION OF SAINT NICHOLAS IN ITALY

antonella 6. December 2019 CURIOSITIES No comments
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FROM BISHOP TO ICON OF SANTA CLAUS

The cult of Saint Nicholas is widespread in many parts of the world, including Italy.

He is one of the most loved and revered saints, unites Catholics and Orthodox and ist he subject to numerous legends and miracles.

He lived between the III and IV centuries AD and died on 6 December 343, a day that was later adopted for his celebration.

His relics are preserved in Bari, a city that has venerated him as a patron for many centuries. This is a day of great celebrations both in Bari and in other parts of the world.

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“SEE NAPLES AND DIE”

antonella 18. November 2019 Tags: , , CURIOSITIES No comments
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“See Naples and die” (original: “Siehe Neapel und stirb”) J.W. Goethe

Everyone has heard the famous aphorism “See Naples and die” at least once in their lifetime.

Naples is certainly a mixture of different elements: gastronomy, culture, history, art, folklore and traditions.

Every year, lots of tourists visit this city completely falling in love with it. Read More

5 CURIOSITIES ABOUT ITALY

lisa 7. October 2019 Tags: , , , , , CURIOSITIES No comments
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Italy is a country rich in culture, history, art, and enchanting places. It is home to artists, food and inventions known throughout the world.

In addition to the timeless architectural, historical and cultural beauties, Italy is also a nation rich in anecdotes, curiosities and beautiful things to discover.

In our blog dedicated to Italian curiosities, we will discover them together with you. Since the number 5 (the number of senses) is our lucky number, we will discover together the first five today. Read More

OLIVE OIL: ORIGIN, SYMBOLS AND LEGENDS

antonella 18. September 2019 Tags: , , , CURIOSITIES No comments
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ORIGINS OF OLIVE OIL

Olive oil, the gold of Italy.

Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil is an Italian excellence recognized throughout the world.

Among the foods that characterize the Mediterranean diet, extra virgin olive oil is certainly at the top of the ranking. Precious and ancient, it is essential for a healthy and balanced diet.

Also known as EVO oil, it is the symbol of Mediterranean civilization.

Its history has developed over many centuries and involves different cultures and nations. Since its discovery, olive oil has always had an important value in the culture and economy of a country. Read More

TO BE LIKE “CHEESE ON MACARONI”?

lisa 22. May 2019 Tags: , , , CURIOSITIES No comments
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SAYINGS AND ITALIANITY

When it rains heavily, cats and dogs are falling from the sky in English (Raining cats and dogs).

In German, thumbs are pressed to wish good luck (Daumen drücken).

In France, on the other hand, you should turn your tongue seven times before speaking (Il faut tourner sept fois sa langue dans sa bouche avant de parler).

These expressions might not make sense to foreigners, but are in fact just typical expressions of each language.

In “Bel Paese” dogs and cats will never fall down from the sky when it rains, but the rain is “a catinelle” (as if someone would pour water from the sky).

You cross your fingers to wish good luck (without pressing your thumbs) and count up to 10 before speaking (without turning your tongue like French people).

Each language has its own idioms, fascinating linguistic expressions that represent a unique combination of history, culture and tradition.

In fact, the past of a people hides in every word, every phrase, and every idiomatic expression.

To better understand idioms in Italian language, we met Ester, an Italian teacher at “con ester Vivitalia” in Nuremberg. Read More