Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Buon Ferragosto!

Summer vacation is just reaching its crescendo in California. 
In Italy people eagerly save, plan and await the August 15, Ferragosto holiday.  If anyone has been in Rome from August 15 onward, you would know that the streets are empty because of the mass exodus from the città eterna.  Here are some vocab words (and a hilarious video) significant to this time of the year in Italy. Ferragosto

Ferragosto,    15 agosto,    giorno festivo,    chiuso per le ferie,    l'esodo di ferragosto



There's a big beach culture in Italy and why not? Il tempo libero should be big on everyone's calendar at least once or twice a year.


la spiaggia,  la sabbia,  le sedia a sdraio,  il mare,   l'onda,  l'ombrellone,  il costume da bagno,  la cabina,  l'albergo,  prendere il sole,  il lungo mare

giocchi al mare:   il secchiello,  il pallone,  la paletta


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fare il limoncello -> Making limoncello

If anyone has ever been to #Naples- bella #Napoli -and the surrounding areas of Campania  such as #AmalfiCoast , #Positano , #Sorrento , #Ischia , #Capri , #VietrisulMare (love this place for it's amazing people and ceramica) there will always be a cold limoncello at aperitivo time in Southern Italy or after dinner on a hot summer night.
vintage artisanal limoncello bottle


homemade limoncello

The limoncello may come from your host- chi l'ha fatto- in a beautifully decorated servizio made by local ceramic artisans or...magari...

handed down from your cara Zia Maria Giuseppa.

servizio di limoncello


I make limoncello by heart, so per voi, I include a very good ricetta  - recipe-  for those of you interested in giving it a try.

Here's me Making limoncello

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