Author: Rachel

Explore Tuscany: Pitigliano

Explore Tuscany: Pitigliano

Looking for one of those postcard perfect towns you see on calendars and postcards? After visiting, I seriously wouldn’t be surprised if most of those idyllic pictures were taken here. Pitigliano, is a small town made of volcanic tuff (tufo in Italian) located in the far south of Tuscany. Nestled […]

20 Ways to Make Your Holiday Season More Italian

20 Ways to Make Your Holiday Season More Italian

If you love this time of year and all things Italy, but you’re having trouble finding time to study for Italian during the holidays, this article is for you! Sometimes at this time of year as family, friend and travel obligations distract us, it’s easy to let our commitment to […]

Merry Christmas: Italian Style

Merry Christmas: Italian Style

This post originally appeared on The Iceberg Project – check it out here!  Christmastime is my absolute favorite time to be in Italy. Being a country that is over 96% Catholic, it often seems like the entire country is celebrating. The festivities last for almost a month with the season […]

What is St. John’s Day in Florence?

What is St. John’s Day in Florence?

    * This post first appeared here * Every city throughout Italy is blessed with a patron saint. Bologna has Petronius, Rome has St. Frances, and in Florence, our patron is St. John the Baptist. Every year on June 24, according to the Catholic calendar, is his feast day, […]

How to Argue Like an Italian (and Which Topics to Avoid)

How to Argue Like an Italian (and Which Topics to Avoid)

This post originally appeared on The Iceberg Project – check it out here!  Just like in English, conversations among Italian friends can quickly turn to “hot” topics, such as politics or current events. In this situation, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and out of your element, but it’s actually […]

10 Customs to Know Before Attending an Italian Wedding

10 Customs to Know Before Attending an Italian Wedding

This post originally appeared on The Iceberg Project – check it out here!  Have you ever been to an Italian wedding? I don’t mean a U.S. wedding with an Italian theme or a destination wedding in Italy filled with foreigners, but a real, authentic Italian wedding in Italy? If you […]

Phrases of congrats

Phrases of congrats

  This post originally appeared on The Iceberg Project – check it out here!  Ever hear good news from an Italian friend and want to convey the right level of excitement in Italian, but not sure how to do it? I’ve been there too, so I’ve compiled a quick list […]

How to Shop at the Macelleria

How to Shop at the Macelleria

  This post originally appeared on The Iceberg Project – check it out here!  If you’ve ever wanted to go into a macelleria, or butcher shop, in Italy, but were intimidated by the assortment of meats or held back by a lack of vocabulary, I’ve got you covered. Going to the […]

How to Shop at the Panetteria

How to Shop at the Panetteria

  This post originally appeared on The Iceberg Project – check it out here!  Buying bread in Italy always feels like one of those glorious quintessential Italian moments from a movie or book. Sometimes I even buy a big loaf wrapped in brown paper, put it in my bicycle basket […]

Getting Your Hair Cut in Italy

Getting Your Hair Cut in Italy

This post originally appeared on The Iceberg Project – check it out here!  When I first moved to Italy, I was 19 and fearless. One of the things I did during my six months in Italy that had the other girls in my program shaking in their new leather boots , […]

8 Swear Words to Add Sass to Your Vocabulary

8 Swear Words to Add Sass to Your Vocabulary

This post originally appeared on The Iceberg Project – check it out here!  Cursing in Italian can add an entirely different flavor to your Italian studies. Plus, not all Italian swear words are like ours in English because they have many mild words and expressions that are used frequently, in […]