Letter “B” :: (in) Bianco
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Letter “B” :: (in) Bianco

When we talk about food and cooking, the word “bianco” (white) is frequently used in the phrase “in bianco” and it means plain food without any sauces or additional spices. “Mangiare in bianco” (have plain food) often happens after being sick or after recovering from a malaise. Therefore, having “riso in bianco” (boiled rice) or … Continue reading

Enviromental Theatre and the Festival of the Gnomes
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Enviromental Theatre and the Festival of the Gnomes

A festival designed for children, a party to celebrate nature and the forest and all its inhabitants – fairies, elves, fauns, jesters, trolls, giants… Read more: International Festival of the Gnomes… via festadeglignomi.it “It is frightfully difficult to know much about the fairies, and almost the only thing for certain is that there are fairies … Continue reading

Letter “A” :: “Alfresco” or “Al fresco”? Stai fresco!
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Letter “A” :: “Alfresco” or “Al fresco”? Stai fresco!

In these days temperatures range from 28 to 36 degrees Celsius (82 to 96 Fahrenheit) and everybody is looking for some “fresco”, i.e. some cool air/location. No doubt that having lunch or dinner “alfresco” [al-fres-koh] brings some relief from this sultry weather, however, the right way to say it in Italian is “pranzare/cenare all’aperto” or … Continue reading