I have seen instances where essere verb was conjugated Imperfect vs Present perfect forms and to me they sound almost a like.
Era una giornata bellissima (it was a beautiful day?)
È stata una giornata bellissima (it was/has been a beautiful day?)
È stata una cena buonissima (it has been/was a delicious dinner?)
Era una cena buonissima (it was a delicious dinner?)
Could i get a more clear understanding of the above if i have translated correctly? I am a little confused between the conjugation of these two they seem alike in some ways.
Io sono stato in Italia (I have been to/I was in Italia?)
Ero in Italia (I was in Italia?)
Io sono stato fuori con i miei amici (I have been out/I was out with my friends?)
Ero fuori con i miei amici (I was out with my friends?)
Could both conjugations be applied to anything in particular?
As a final point - I also realise STARE verb Present perfect has the exact same conjugation of ESSERE Present perfect.
So, i believe you can't say:
Io sono stato mangiando ( I was/have been eating)
But you would instead say:
Io stavo mangiando (I was eating)
Am I correct?