Italian Culture and Travel

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Train Travel in Italy

What exactly are the differences one would expect in 1st or 2nd class train travel?  Which is in more common usage - binario or piattaforma when inquiring about a particular train platform? Do Italians more commonly use bagno or W.C. for bathroom?

3 replies - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - October 10, 2018

regional dialect

I know regional dialects are important in Italy. Does the Italian we are learning with Rocket Italian have any dialect content? If I go to Venice, is the Venetian dialect commonly spoken?

3 replies - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - October 10, 2018

Sicily

Recently made a trip to Sicily and was pleasantly surprised at how well Rocket had prepared me to handle basic interactions - directions, restaurants and sightseeing, etc. I should mention, however, that Italian spoken rapidly with a Sicilian accent can b...

4 replies - Last post by caterina-rocket-italian-tutor - October 10, 2018

Nessun dorma

"Sulla tua bocca lo dirò quando la luce splenderà!" This would translate literally as "on your mouth I will say it when the light shines" I'm curious what people think he's saying here.  Does he mean to say that his name will (figuratively?) be reveale...

2 replies - Last post by JacobL12 - November 15, 2017

MUSIC!

Hi! I am about to visit Italy for the first time and my friends over there have set up a music set for me at a gig.  What do I play? Will Springsteen go down well? Neil Young?

1 reply - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - October 2, 2017

Train ticket "validation" before boarding?

Friends warned us about a 2 step process for train tickets?  They said something about having to "validate" the ticket before getting on the train.  Purchasing a ticket is not enough????

1 reply - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - September 14, 2017

postage stamps

I have heard the Italian post office can be less than efficient.  We were told to mail from the Vatican Post office.  How would you ask for a postage stamp that would get the card to America?

2 replies - Last post by gregbutler003 - February 21, 2017

laundry service

Going to be in Italy for over two weeks next year.  Ubderstand many hotels have landry service.  How do you ask for it and find how long till it is returned to your room?  Also do you know if it is required to have a note from your Doctor showing what med...

1 reply - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - August 23, 2016

laundry service

Going to be in Italy for over two weeks next year.  Ubderstand many hotels have landry service.  How do you ask for it and find how long till it is returned to your room?  Also do you know if it is required to have a note from your Doctor showing what med...

0 replies - Last post by David--727 - August 23, 2016

laundry service

Going to be in Italy for over two weeks next year.  Ubderstand many hotels have landry service.  How do you ask for it and find how long till it is returned to your room?  Also do you know if it is required to have a note from your Doctor showing what med...

0 replies - Last post by David--727 - August 23, 2016

How to ask for a uniformed policeman

Have read again today about a scam in Rome.  A plain clothes person claimes to be poice, investigating a robbery or something.  They demand to see your passport and other papers.  How can I demand to see a uniformed pliceman.  I could just yell for help a...

2 replies - Last post by David--727 - July 28, 2016

How to ask for a uniformed policeman

Have read again today about a scam in Rome.  A plain clothes person claimes to be poice, investigating a robbery or something.  They demand to see your passport and other papers.  How can I demand to see a uniformed pliceman.  I could just yell for help a...

0 replies - Last post by David--727 - July 26, 2016

allergy--what to say?

I will be visiting Italy in a few weeks. I am allergic to wheat and may need the wait staff to help me choose what to order when eating out. Is there a simple sentence or two that I could say that would be polite?

6 replies - Last post by Tatjana-L - July 8, 2016

Cortona suggestions

My wife and I are to travel to Cortona for 5 weeks in October, 2016.  Any suggestions for what we really must do while there, in terms of connecting locally, sites, food, wine, travel in Tuscany, Umbria, Rome, etc? Thanks.  We also hope by then to be abl...

1 reply - Last post by jv Sant Agata - April 12, 2016

Il fiocco sulla porta...

Lo sapevate che... ? In Italia, cosi' come anche in altre parti del mondo, quando nasce un bambino c'e' l'usanza di apporre un fiocco sulla porta di casa. Fiocco rosa se e' una bambina e fiocco blu per il maschietto. A seconda delle credenze popolari e d...

2 replies - Last post by 1SharpGent - February 13, 2016

I più bei fiori

At the last page of item 3.7 Coparing things It Is readen: I più bei fiori. Is that not a fault in the word "bei", should It not be written "bel" from "bollo? The "bei" I can't look op In my dictionary. Otherwise explain It for me, please.

1 reply - Last post by Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor - January 28, 2016

Traveling to Milano and Cologne

I will be going to Milan and Cologne for business in July. I have 3 days for myself. Any suggestions on places to stay and /or see. :D

8 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - October 3, 2015

Abitudini italiane ...

Hello everybody, did you know that... After a meal Italians will never drink a cappuccino or a latte for example The perfect end of a meal is a good espresso ! We drink espresso in different times of the day and you don't need to sit down to have one. M...

3 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - September 21, 2015

Il fiocco sulla porta...

Lo sapevate che... ? In Italia, cosi' come anche in altre parti del mondo, quando nasce un bambino c'e' l'usanza di apporre un fiocco sulla porta di casa. Fiocco rosa se e' una bambina e fiocco blu per il maschietto. A seconda delle credenze popolari e d...

0 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - November 5, 2014

my name is Noha

can i learn with italian people

4 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - September 21, 2014

my name is Noha

0 replies - Last post by noha--16 - April 12, 2014

Bene

I want to knw a but Italian culture and language

1 reply - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - January 24, 2014

Bene

I want to knw a but Italian culture and language

2 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - January 24, 2014

Voglio trasferire a Napoli. DAGLI STATI UNITI

has anyone lived there? stationed there? I hear good and bad

12 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - November 21, 2013

caruccio

Does the word "caruccio" mean the same as carino? It wasn't in my dictionary, so thought I should check.

2 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - August 31, 2013

Off to Italy

Ciao a tutti Sono departe a sydney a roma pio palermo per ventisei giorno. Sono molti eccitata (excited). Spero imparare abbastanza italiana. non c'è italiano parole per woohoo!!!! Fran

32 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - August 10, 2013

Asking someone to call for a taxi?

After dinner, I tend to ask the staff if they would call a taxi - in English, as I am just starting to learn. But this limits me where I eat. I wonder if either of the below 2 questions would sound polite enough (as I am asking for a favor) - but I am n...

11 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - March 1, 2013

Travel to Italy

Ciao; I will be traveling to Italy in October 2013. Are there different dialects throught the different regions that I should be aware of? Grazie.

2 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - January 30, 2013

Luigi

I just got back from a vacation in Turks and Caicos. On my stay I met two brothers named Luigi and Mariano. They are my age and live in Naples. In order to communicate with them I needed to speak Italian to them. At first it was hard to pronounce the w...

4 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - September 14, 2011

Gli

For example when someone says "degli innocenti", why do you use degli? I thought you only use degli when the word following it has an S+a consonant.

2 replies - Last post by Michael-D3 - June 26, 2011

Help!

When do you use da opposed to di?

2 replies - Last post by Michael-D3 - June 21, 2011

italian language schools

hi, my son is going to Italy, and he would like to study for a month in Rome. Does anybody know a good language school? There are many on the net, but I 'd like to see if any of you had a first hand experience. Grazie! Ibrahim

3 replies - Last post by lorenzo - July 24, 2010

Un film in DVD

Ciao a tutti! Vi piace guardare DVDs ? La scorsa settimana ho visto due film italiani molto interessanti : "Pane e Tulipani" , "Bread and Tulips" del regista Silvio Soldini, è un film che parla di una donna italiana (madre di famigli...

3 replies - Last post by martin - July 5, 2010

La cinquecento

Do you know what a Cinquecento is? Well, it’s definitely an icon of Italy. Its full name is Fiat 500 (500 is Cinquecento in Italian) and it’s a little car that was all the rage in the 60s. It has an uncanny likeness to that of a Volkswagen Beetle, but ni...

0 replies - Last post by Maria-DiLorenzi - July 3, 2009

Information on Scholarships and Study Grant

Ciao Tutti, Does anyone know Information on Scholarships and Study Grant in Italy? I've been planning to study art and design there and I'm looking for possible scholarships where I could apply. Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

1 reply - Last post by joseph1 - January 30, 2009

l'estate!!

Carissimi tutti, did you know that the Italian Schools are now closed for the long summer break? The only students still at School are the eighteen year olds that have to pass their very last exam :"La maturita'", before being able to go to Uni...

0 replies - Last post by (deleted) - June 17, 2008

festa della repubblica

it is coming up, on the second of june in Italy "La festa della Repubblica". La festa della repubblica is a public holiday and Italians celebrate the end of the monarchy. The monarchy was abolished after a referendum that followed the end of the...

0 replies - Last post by (deleted) - May 14, 2008

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