Italian word of the day: Mangiare

Every once in a while I thought it would be fun to feature a single Italian word of the day and list associated phrases and vocabulary in a sort of themed Italian language post. There are many language blogs which will give you heaps of Italian verbs and words to study but the idea of…

Five Random Italian Words

I’ve been compiling a list of my fave Italian words on my phone for a while with a half-baked idea for a post, and I am grateful to this months Dolce Vita Bloggers theme of ‘five Italian words’, which has jogged my memory and allowed me to finally sit down and write about the Italian…

Flamboyant Italians: Platinette

In contrast to the apparent ditziness of other activists/politicians like Cicciolina and Vladimir Luxuria Mauro Coruzzi alias Platinette has done a lot for LGBT rights, with a sober and persistant approach. Mauro Coruzzi gradually worked his way up the ranks after many years of work as a journalist, broadcaster and t.v personality. He has never…

Flamboyant Italians: Vladimir Luxuria

Vladimir Luxuria came into the popular Italian mainstream after she was elected into the European Parliament in 2006 as a member of the Communist Refoundation Party. Luxuria lives her life as a female, and she has not undergone sex-change surgery, she perceives herself to be neither male nor female. Vladimir has been active in the…

Flamboyant Italians: Cicciolina

I initially thought I’d title this post: A porno star, a transvestite and a drag queen: how mainstream Italy handles sex and transgender personalities, which sounded like it should be in an academic journal, not a blog. So I’m going to break it down into three parts to do justice to each of these characters.…

Multicultural Sicily (whether they like it or not)

The concept of ‘multiculturalism’ is a source of debate throughout the world, whether it is possible for a country to become truly multicultural and if different cultures really can exist peacefully side by side or is it simply a utopia. Italy in particular resists other cultures mixing with the domineering Italian one.   Minister of Integration,…

Italian festivals and theaters for opera lovers

Apart from the history, architecture and historical sights to see in Italy there are endless opportunities to experience the products of its thriving culture. So many people travel to Italy and simply tick off the main tourist sites off the bucket list. Colosseum, check, Ponte Vecchio, Check, Leaning tower of Pisa, Check, Instead of being…

Postcards from Sicily: Bomboniere

Italian's have a mania for giving sugared almond filled bomboniere for every occasion. There are little colourful packages for births,baptisms,weddings etc. I got this cute one recently all in red for a Laurea ... or a university degree! Yes just when you thought there couldn't be any other excuses for a bomboniere ...