Word of the Week

Word of the Week – Velina

Over the years, Italy has often been shamed for how it treats its women. There was a period during the 1980's and 90's where a woman's identity was based on her beauty and many young girls dreamed of becoming a famous television showgirl, where flaunting their bodies on national television would earn them fame and… Continue reading Word of the Week – Velina

Bologna, Italy

Italian Father’s Day

March 19th is Father's Day in Italy, which is Saint Joseph's Day. In Italy, to celebrate Saint Joseph's Day all the bakeries start putting out fried pastry dough, filled with cream and topped with a cherry and powdered sugar. These delicious pastries are called Zeppole. On the 19th, you can find trays of zeppole that have… Continue reading Italian Father’s Day

Word of the Week

Word of the Week – Grembo

This month we're looking at expressions related to women. This week's word is grembo.  Grembo has a couple different meanings. The first meaning that is most closely associated with women is "womb." In Italian you might hear someone say that they're carrying a child in their womb, porto un bambino in grembo. However, the most common way… Continue reading Word of the Week – Grembo

Bologna, Italy

5 Reasons Why Italians Don’t Take Coffee To Go

I think it's safe to say that Italy is known for its coffee, in particular its espresso. Starbucks based almost its whole coffee production and cafe culture on the Italian barista and cafe experience as a place of social meetings and leisure after one of its three founders took a trip to Milan and came… Continue reading 5 Reasons Why Italians Don’t Take Coffee To Go

Word of the Week

Word of the Week- Trucco

Another word related to women, to continue this month's theme. Last week we looked at an expression that means someone is naturally beautiful without make-up, and this week we're looking at the actual word for make-up. So, this week's word is trucco, make-up. What's interesting about the word trucco is that apart from meaning make-up it also means… Continue reading Word of the Week- Trucco

Dolce Vita Bloggers, Uncategorized

8 Inspirational Women

March 8th is International Women's Day. In honor of this day and as part of the Dolce Vita Bloggers link up for March 8th, I'm going to take a look at 8 women who are inspirational in different ways. What does it take to be considered an inspirational person? The definition of inspire is given… Continue reading 8 Inspirational Women

Word of the Week

Word of the Week- Acqua e Sapone

This month's theme for word of the week will be something related to women since March 8th is women's day. The first expression for this month's theme is "acqua e sapone" literally translated to water and soap. At first that might seem like a strange thing to say unless you're talking about washing the dishes,… Continue reading Word of the Week- Acqua e Sapone

Word of the Week

Word of the Week- Coccole

The last word of the week for February still follows this month's theme of love. Coccole are cuddles or snuggles and the verb to snuggle or to cuddle is coccolare. Coccole aren't just used in a romantic way. You can coccolarsi which means to treat yourself and you can also give coccole to a pet. Sometimes all… Continue reading Word of the Week- Coccole

Bologna, Italy

Aperitivo Italian Style

Italy is the land of aperitivos. What exactly is an aperitivo? An aperitivo is when you grab an alcoholic drink, typically dry, and have a few snacks before you have dinner. It's a way to "open" your stomach to prepare you for a larger meal. The word aperitivo comes from the latin word aperire which means,… Continue reading Aperitivo Italian Style