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Italian Phrases for travel: The StudentsVille Dictionary

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italian phrases for travel

Last month we gave you a little easy-to-remember guide with common italian phrases on how to say some basic Italian phrases for travel and words, today we’re gonna do the same, but rather than it being standard essentials we’re gonna talk about how to get on public italian transport and all the things you need to know to ask, basically Italian phrases for travel. Cause not many of you are gonna want to drive while in Italy I’m gonna imagine, but if you want to visit the country you’re gonna need to know how to ask “When is the next train to Milan?” or “Can I have a ticket for the next train to Naples?” and that’s where we come in to help you out with an Italian phrases for travel printable PDF.

Are you interested in sicilian slang, neapolitan slang, italian expressions to know?


Italian Phrase for travel

Now we have all the basic travel phrases for tourists, requests, and questions you’ll need to ask a teller, so no worries once you’ve gone through the lot of it you can rock up to any station and ask all these Italian phrases for travel.

I would like a ticket to

Vorrei un biglietto per…

Let’s start with the basics. You’re in the train station and you need to buy a ticket to the beach, let’s say you’re in Florence so you’ll probably be going to Viareggio (the Versilia, Forte dei Marmi), it’s the closet and you know want to get to the shore as quickly as you can ( I know it’s November, but hey it’s good to dream). So get yourself to the Teller and give them a good old “Vorrei un biglietto per Viareggio, grazie” never forget GRAZIE.

I would like a window/aisle seat

Vorrei un posto lato corridoio/lato finestrino

So now you told them about the train you want to get on, but alas the Viareggio train is first come first serve, so let’s change example. You’re in Rome and want to visit beautiful Naples, cause you’ve always dreamt of walking down the streets of such a renown city. Once you ask the previous phrase (changing Viareggio to Napoli) the teller will start typing in all the stuff he needs to, but before it’s too late tell them you want a window (finestrino) or aisle (corridoio) seat, this way you’ll fully enjoy your ride.

Where does my train leave from?

Da quale binario parte…?

Once you have your ticket in hand, with your preferred allocation, you need to find out where your train is, luckily there are screens everywhere telling you on which tracks you’ll find the train you need, but in case you’re getting frustrated, just ask someone where you could find it. Italians are pretty nice people at the end of the day. Now how can you go about doing that, just look for the most expert traveler, usually men and women in business attire are on trains every day (sometimes they aren’t that nice, but it’s not your fault, they probably have a delayed train. It happens a lot) and approach them with a “Mi scusi, da quake binary parte il treno per (put city of your liking)?” pretty easy really.

Which…goes to…?

Quale… va… a?

Enough about trains (jk you’ll always be on trains if you’re traveling around Italy), this next phrase can be used for any mode of transport except planes really, cause you usually know at what time your flight is. But let’s say you’re in town and need to get on a bus, let’s say you need to get to Duomo. Now as you approach the bus stop or tram stop, you might be a bit overwhelmed by all the people there and might lose track of which bus you’re supposed to take, in this case just ask. Ask “Scusi, quale autobus va a Duomo?”. Yeah, “Scusi” is really important when talking to strangers, it’s a nice formality.

When is the next…?

A che ora è il prossimo?

This is the perfect finisher to that last phrase we just saw. You’ve just asked a kind old lady which bus would take you to Duomo, and she gives you the info you need, but now you’re asking yourself “How am I gonna find out when it gets here?”, you can simply ask her “A che ora è il prossimo?” and bam she’ll probably say “5 minuti” (5 minutes) or “Guardi è in ritardo non glielo so dire, in questo paese tutto è in ritardo che figura ci fanno fare con il resto del mondo” at this just go “eh che ci possiamo fare signora” (that last phrase means “it’s late, everything is late here, we’re making a fool out of ourselves in front of everyone” and your answer means “what are we gonna do about it, ma’am”).

Could you let me know when we get to…

Potrebbe dirmi quando arriviamo a…

Now you’ve waited all the time you needed to get on the bus you were looking for, and your mind is still spinning because of the history of late trains and buses the lady has been on and you need a moment to compose yourself, but you realise “wait a minute when do I get off?”. There are two ways to ask this one would be “Quale è la fermata per Duomo?” meaning “Which one is the stop for Duomo” or you can ask the driver “Potrebbe dirmi quando arriviamo a Duomo?” meaning “Could you please let me know when we get to Duomo?” and if you’re lucky enough the driver will be really nice and tell you to wait next to the seat and tell you when to get off.

I need to go to 

Devo andare in…

Enough of Public Transport, it’s time to treat yourself to a TAXI (I TAXI SONO QUIIIIII I TAXI SONO QUIIII, that’s a Jersey Shore reference, cause they were in Florence while I lived there and wanted to die a bit inside cause I’m from NJ myself). Anyway you hop on your cab and let’s say you need to go to “Via de Benci 30” (I have no idea what’s there, but Via de’ Benci is where all the pubs are in Santa Croce) so you get on the Taxi and ask the driver “Devo andare in Via de’ Benci 30, Grazie” and you know what I’m gonna add a bonus, cause maybe you don’t have cash and want to pay by card, always ask before, cause it’s a pretty new thing in some cities, in that case before you get in, remember BEFORE YOU GET IN, ask the driver, “Scusi is può pagare con la carta?” and depending on his answer get on or ask another one.

I’d like to rent a car

Vorrei noleggiare un auto

Well I did assume that you didn’t want to drive around Italy, but hey you never know, just in case it’s good to know how to ask about renting a car, to your hotel, an info point and so on. Even though in many cases these places do have English Speakers, it’s nice to know how to speak the local language, so to ask drop a “Vorrei noleggiare un auto” and whoever is on the other side will give you all the info you need.

3 not-to-be-missed places in Florence (if you are a food addict like me)!

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MERCATO CENTRAL (CENTRAL IN MARKET FLORENCE)

So you’ve spent the day soaking up the beautiful culture Florence has to offer but hasn’t all that walking made you hungry?

Well, StudentsVille.it to the rescue! Ever heard of the Florence Central Market Food (San Lorenzo Market) or the Mercato Centrale (central food market Florence)? It’s in walking distance from Piazza San Marco and Piazza del Duomo and is a lovely place to go for lunch or dinner.

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The San Lorenzo Central Market in Florence Italy court has two floors; the ground floor being a rustic, old fashioned style market where you can find absolutely everything: dried fruits, pasta, fresh fish and chicken, bread and pastries and locals doing their shopping!
The first floor has been completely revamped and modernized into a gourmet food court with every type of dish available and even has the world famous Eataly restaurant. As much as I love Eataly in Florence, I’m impatiently waiting for the day we finally have an Eataly in London (in Oxford Street from September 2016)!

If you’re as passionate about cooking food as you are about eating it, the San Lorenzo central market Florence Italy food court even has a special section that sells cookbooks so you can have a try at being Italy’s next best chef!

Anyway, check this link out for the best markets in Florence

Florence Central Market Food on Google Maps

FIERA CIOCCOLATO (CENTRAL MARKET CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL) IN FLORENCE

If you feel like treating yourself while you’re on holiday, why not stop by the annual Fiera Cioccolato (chocolate festival) in Piazza Santa Maria Novella? 

There are at least 14 stands so you will definitely be spoilt for choice! If the rich chocolate is too much for you to handle after such a rich dinner you can get something small like a Nutella drizzled waffle, just like I did! Even if you visit to buy a chocolately souvenir, we promise you won’t be disappointed! Get there quickly – the last day is Sunday 21st February!
The stalls we recommend are Cioccolateria Cavalsani which sell a variety of solid chocolates, chocolates made with fruit and chocolate mixed with other ingredients such as pralines and hazelnuts. These tend to be solid nuts or blended with the chocolates. They specialize in the use of high-quality raw materials from national territory and no added hydrogenated fats.
The other place we recommend is Stringhetto. They sell a variety of delicious chocolate spreads that are not to be missed! Also, you can find out about the central market chocolate festival that happens once a year.

Find more information here:
www.fieradelcioccolato.it

MARCO OTTAVIANO, IL GELATO GOURMET (#1 ON ICE CREAM SHOP ON TRIPADVISOR!)

The final place that we recommend is Marco Ottaviano il Gelato Gourmet. It’s an ice cream shop run by an amazing husband and wife team. They are dedicated to producing the best quality ice cream possible!
They have over 45 flavours and you can also get a loyalty card which rewards you with some money off your 5th and 10th ice creams. No one cares about the enjoyment of ice cream more than this devoted couple!
Still need convincing? Well, there’s a reason this cute place was voted number 1 out of 176 for desserts in Florence on Tripadvisor and number 1 out of 2,367 for places to eat in Florence!
If that isn’t enough to make you want to run there, we don’t know what is!
Take a look at their website (link below) which was wonderfully made by the Studentsville team), or check out other gelaterias in Florence.

Find more information here:
www.marcoottaviano.it

Articles & Pictures by Anita Lofinmakin* (Bromley College, UK)

*A  few lines about Anita?
“A is for Adventurous
N is for Nosey
I is for Imaginative
T is for Talkative
A is for Amazing!”

Leonardo da Vinci inventions

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Last week we started our Ode to Leonardo da Vinci with a little biography on one of the brightest minds of the Renaissance, and with his 500th death anniversary coming closer and closer, we’re going to look at some Leonardo da Vinci inventions that where the basis to some items and vehicles that are commonplace in our society. We’ll have to admit that he really never had the chance to put the majority into practice, but the Leonardo da Vinci sketches of inventions are one of the things that answers the question “What was Leonardo da Vinci known for?” & “Why is Leonardo da Vinci famous?”.

The man behind the definition of Renaissance Man, Leonardo da Vinci was well versed in all of the arts, anatomy, and military strategy. The creative process he was so good at, made him experiment as much as possible in the fields that he worked in. So, what did Leonardo da Vinci invent? We’ll discover the most important da Vinci inventions in this Leonardo da Vinci inventions list.

The Diving Suit

If you want to go scuba diving today, you’ll definitely not be using the prototype of this invention. But you can thank the sketches of Leonardo inventions, such as this one because he came up with the idea that one can stay for enough time under-water, if one had an air supply to bring with them. So, next time you’re in some tropical island scuba-diving think about Leonardo da Vinci.

The Parachute

Not the first parachute to exist, but the Leonardo da Vinci parachute was the first one to be tested in modern times and proven to work. It’s amazing that in a time that flight wasn’t common place, except from buildings really, you had someone create something so useful to the future of the human race. This is no doubt one of the Leonardo da Vinci inventions used today.

The Tank

There are a lot of different Leonardo da Vinci facts about his inventions, when it comes to the Tank/Armored vehicle. The idea behind this invention was to create a perfect war machine that would keep its users safe. A conical-shaped vehicle with cannon pointing on the outside, manoeuvrable only by the soldiers inside, thus making it impossible to use on a battlefield. Some say that he purposely made it inoperable, because he knew the potential devastation this weapon could have brought.

The Flying Machine

One of the most talked about things that Leonardo da Vinci invented, if you’ve played Assassin’s Creed you might remember the Venice mission where Ezio uses it. The Flying Machine, opening up the debate on “Did Leonardo da Vinci invent the plane?”. One thing I can say for sure is that he came up with the idea of being able to fly, but realistically he didn’t invent the first plane, he put the basis down.

The Automaton – Robot

The automaton, was the first concept of robotics that ever graced the earth, and Leonardo was the first one to create one, at least for what I personally know. Out of the endless Leonardo da Vinci inventions, this one is the most modern, if we look at the drive of robotics in our modern day. So when the Robot uprising arrives, just think about good old Leo.

The Self Driving Car(t)

Not exactly a self driving car, and not really something he put into practice, but following suit with the robot invention above, I wanted to talk about this invention simply because with all of the self driving cars we see in the making a little wink at Leonardo’s sketch is worth making. Just don’t think about the fact that this cart could only turn right, and you can tell Musk that Leonardo really invented the self-driving car.

Basic italian phrases while shopping pt.1 – The StudentsVille Dictionary

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It’s that time of the month where we give you some great common Italian phrases to use while in this amazing country!

We’ve looked at basic Italian phrases in our previous articles, like Italian phrases for travel that can be useful when looking to use public transportation in the country. We also look at the most commonly used Italian phrases when at restaurants so you can’t leave anything to misinterpretation. So, what Italian phrases are we going to look at today? Today we’re going to look at some Italian shopping vocabulary, that’ll come in handy when you’re on your term abroad. But we will be dividing the shopping segment into 2 parts, today we’re going to start off by shopping in Italian language and some shopping in Italy tips.

Let’s begin by looking at the most common shopping phrases in Italian, in our common Italian phrases monthly date.

Vorrei comprare – I’d like to buy

Once you’re In the shop and you know what you want to get, you can’t sit there and look at every object on sale. Sure, if you’ve got time to spare that is another story, but if you can’t be bothered with the search, you can simply go to one of the store employees and ask them “Vorrei comprare un…” depending on what you want. Let’s keep in on Italian Clothing for today, so hypothetically, you want a hoodie, in that case, you would say “Vorrei comprare una felpa con il cappuccio”

Posso Toccarlo? – Can I feel it?

Now that the employ knows what you want after dropping the first of the Italian words and phrases you’ve just learnt, they’ll bring you to where they have all of the hoodies that you were looking for, and if they’re particularly helpful (that depends on what shop, and how busy they are) they might start showing you the item themselves. If this is the case and you wish to feel and touch it yourself you can ask them to feel it by saying “Posso Toccarlo?”. See another one on the list of useful Italian phrases.

Posso Provarlo? – Can I try it on?

You’ve felt the item, you found the item, now you only have to try this hoodie on to see if it’s the right fit for you. I wonder what is next on the shopping phrases in Italian. I say I wonder but I know. You look them dead in the eye, and gently ask “Posso provarlo, per favore?”. Now the employee is very confused by the fact that you were so intense, yet kind about it, but they’ll show you to the fitting rooms.

Quanto Costa? – How much does it cost? 

This is one of the most important Italian travel phrases you probably will use, not just in this case, but in many others. From food, to tours, to tickets, to anything that implies you spending your cash. Let’s say it’s one of those Italian phrases to know, one of the simple Italian phrases, what we can say is part of the basic Italian phrases for travel: “Quanto Costa?”

Me lo può incartare? – Can you gift-wrap it?

At the end of the experience you find out that the price tag isn’t too high, and if it was let’s say it was but you wanted to treat yourself. You’ve bought your first clothes in Italian, but you also bought a little gift for a friend, or maybe for family back home, and you want it to be gift wrapped. Cause let’s face it however small a gift is, when it’s wrapped it’s so much better. Especially, when you bought a product learning all of this Italian fashion vocabulary. Anyway -KW aside- you can ask them “Me lo può incartare, per favore?” And most of the times they will oblige, but you might find yourself in a shop that doesn’t have the equipment to do it for you, in that case don’t freak on them, in Italy it’s not common practice unless you aren’t in the holiday season.

Potrei avere un sacchetto, per favore? – Can I have a bag, please?

You finally have what you wanted, but you have no place where to put it, even though you might have a tote with you, you prefer to carry it in a separate back from all the rest, plus if it’s a gift you might want to let them know where you got it from. So, if you need a bag from the store clerk you just added new phrases to know in Italian when traveling to your list of Italian vocabulary for travel. As I was saying, you can ask them “Potrei avere un sacchetto, per favore?” And BAM branded bag to put stuff in.

Posso ritirarlo più tardi? – Can I pick it up later?

Total opposite situation, you’re full of stuff, and just want to get home and leave all of your things at the apartment, but you also don’t want to lose this great hoodie you found. So, you’re wondering how to ask the employee to keep it on the side for you, you can say “Posso ritirarlo più tardi?” And depending on store policy they’ll hold it for you till the next day, or till the end of the day — I’m talking about a pre purchased situation.

Sto solo guardando – I’m just looking

Now let’s just forget about all of those fancy phrases we learned today, and let’s look at the most important and cost effective word you can learn, cause if you’re going to learn simple Italian phrases this one is the one you need the most, the one that’ll have you’re wallet thank you every time you use it. “Sto solo guardando” “I’m just looking” simple as that.

Starbucks in Milan: The First Starbucks in Italy

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Starbucks in Milan

Starbucks Roastery, is the largest Starbucks in Europe, 2,400 m2, in Milan’s Piazza Cordusio, you really can’t miss it if you’re on your way to the Duomo.

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starbucks in Milan

Here you’ll get the chance to taste a variety of 115 coffee blends, because Starbucks in Milan knows very well that Italians are quite stingy about the way they get their coffee, and because of that it doesn’t offer any Frappuccinos (even though I’m betting they will as soon as they open the next branch in Corso Garibaldi or Malpensa). You may also interested in what do in Milan Italy.

Also, you won’t get a chance to bring home one of their iconic green and white mugs, cause it’s not fancy enough for Milan.

We heard that the prices at Starbucks Italy will be a bit higher than the norm for Italian coffee standards, and it won’t be for nothing, you’ll get a chance to taste some of the rarest blends in, what I would call, an amazing atmosphere. The location in itself is beautiful, adorned with statues made by Tuscan artists Giovanni Balderi and Giancarlo Buratti, active in the Versilia area (where you probably went to the beach this summer). We’re talking about €1,80 espressos and €4,50-5,50 cappuccinos, but you’ll also get a chance to try some of Starbucks’ famous cold brews, a process in which coffee is made to rest for twenty hours at low temperatures, and later used for a variety of drinks (something I regret not trying when I had the chance).

But no worries if you’re hungry, cause you can get a fair amount of classic Italian treats, like some pizzas and focacce, prepared by Milan’s famous Princi. A historical panificio (bakery), that is a household name in all of Milan.

Another very interesting thing we found is that with the opening of the Starbucks Roastery, the company offers a coffee tasting, prepared with the Clover method, for those who (like myself) have no idea what that means, well it’s a brewing technique that uses a very tight metal mesh to filter the coffee. I have no idea what that does, but no doubt it’ll make you feel fancy enough to enjoy it.

So let’s say you need your fix of American brew, NO NON PUOI, (no you can’t) cause you’ll find yourself engulfed in a mist of aromas that will enhance everything inch of love you had for coffee, and maybe you’ll find yourself drinking espressos like the rest of those converted to the Italian lifestyle.

Starbucks Milan Italy Location

Waiting Salone del Mobile & Fuorisalone

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From 9th to the 14th of April in Milan there is going to be one of the most important fairs the city offers, and no, it’s not Fashion week. That is going to be next week, we’re talking about the Salone del Mobile. The design event of the year in all of Italy, I mean maybe in all of Europe. With events poppin’ out all of the city with shows that showcase all of the new ideas for your home design, and all of the latest technologies in the design world.

Unfortunately, the Salone del Mobile is only open to the public on the weekend, but the city of Milan has made sure to bring all of these innovative ideas to the public and have you enjoy all the wonders of the future home you’ll live in.

This collection of events that the city of Milan brings to the public, is called the Fuorisalone, it’s thanks to them that all of the events that take place in the city happen in the first place. The Fuorisalone team, make sure to know what events are taking place, where, and how to enter them. Cause some events are closed to the public as you could imagine, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to get an invite, for that you’ll need to check the Fuorisalone schedule. Unfortunately, at the moment there aren’t any events programmed in the city, so for Fuorisalone you’ll have to wait a bit, but don’t worry cause as soon as we know them we’ll post a video on this articles giving all the juicy info you need on the various events, how to get there, what to expect, and how to RSVP to any of the events that need it.

In the meantime keep yourself ready for a fashion week that will have you finally understanding why Milan is a fashion capitol, and wait patiently for the next Salone del Mobile 2019, and most importantly Fuorisalone 2019.

Taormina, Sicily- the food, the sites, the fun

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When study abroad students are planning their spring breaks, they tend to look at the common beach cities such as Barcelona and Lisbon. After spending a week in Taormina Sicily, though, I would encourage students to open up their minds to this quieter but beautiful beach city. Located on the east coast of Sicily, Taormina Sicily is a city on top of a hill overlooking the beautiful sea. The people of Taormina are excited to have students in town and a week there spent like a break from the real world. It was, in terms of food and views, paradise. So why not even think about vacation rentals Taormina Sicily for your next term, we’ll try to convince you in the meantime, withTaormina Sicily what to do, Taormina Sicily restaurants.

Before we go any further here is a Travel Tip

Now remember that Sicily can’t be reached by train, so if you’re on the mainland you’re going to need to get yourself on a boat or a plane, lucky for you there are thousands of different connections that will get you there, let’s say you’re in Rome, you can hop on a train to Naples and from there you’ll find a commercial boat that will bring you to Sicily. But, if you’re in for a journey why not visit Calabria as well, it’ll probably take you longer but you can hop on a ferry from Reggio and be in Taormina in no time. Pack light, have fun and don’t say we didn’t warn you on how beautiful the Taormina Sicily weather is.

While you’re at it you can also check out the best places to visit in Southern Italy.

The Food
Sicily is general is known for its fresh, extremely local food options. Taormina takes these foods to a new level with its restaurants and cafes.

Arancini


Step into any cafè in Taormina to try this delicious treat. Arancini is basically a fried ball of risotto wrapped around different insides such as eggplant (Norma) and ragu. Served warm, filling, and extremely cost-effective, arancini are the perfect lunch option on a day of site seeing.

Pasta alla Norma


I was in Taormina for seven nights and ate pasta alla Norma three of those nights. This simple pasta dish features fresh pasta, eggplant, and the freshest ricotta cheese you can find in Italy. Most restaurants in Sicily serve it and it goes perfectly with a glass of red wine.

Granita

While Italy is known for its gelato, I would encourage you to take a break from this treat while in Sicily and swap it out for granita. This half slushie/half gelato iced drink is the perfect refreshment on a hot Taormina day and can be found in flavors such as raspberry, chocolate, and almond. Pro tip: order a brioche bun to get with your granite and pair the two together.

Cannoli

If you think you’ve had cannoli before, think again before trying Sicilian cannoli. Made with the freshest pistacchio, Taormina and Sicily are known for their cannoli. There is no shame in having one a day.

The Sites
Taormina’s rich history has roots in Greek, Roman, Spanish and Norman culture. The city is a vibrant mix of its past conquerors.

Greco-Roman Theater

In the heart of Taormina lies what used to be a Greek theater turned Roman amphitheater. This site used to host plays attended by the whole city as well as gladiator fights. The theater has a beautiful backdrop of the Naxos bay. It is a cheap ticket to see the astonishing site.

Giardini della Villa Comunale


After traveling around Europe for the semester, I have seen a lot of public gardens. None compare to the public gardens of Taormina. Scattered with bizarre, treehouse-looking structures, and intertwining paths, you could wander the gardens for hours. I encourage taking some time to sit and enjoy.

Mount Etna


While not technically in Taormina, the hour-long drive to hike Mount Etna is definitely worth it. The volcano is technically active currently but there are many areas still open for hiking. The views are Mars-like and unlike anything I’ve ever seen. This is a can’t miss opportunity, and no doubt one of the best time to visit Taormina.

Article written by Grace Kramer – Minnesota University in Florence

I’m a student from the University of Minnesota studying in Florence for the semester. I’m a junior studying Strategic Communications and Cinema and Media Culture.

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How To Become An Artist In Florence, Italy

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Florence has always been a great source of creative inspiration, (for painters, sculptors, musicians, actors, directors…) and I think the “cradle of Renaissance” is still the best place to make art happen, even if you aren’t an artist. Florence City of Art is no doubt a clichè, but one that bears a lot of truth, just look at the art of Florence, the world famous Florentine art, and you know why they call Florence City of Art ( art courses in Florence for further information).

 Art courses in Florence

One of the most interesting activities to do in Florence, in fact, is joining a course at a local workshop to learn the “trade secrets” and be part of the Florence art. If you dream of creating a unique work of art to show to your friends, I suggest learning the techniques from an expert craftsman or a teacher –  much better than an exhibition or reading a book.

So let’s say you’re wondering “I want to become artist in Florence” how can you go about to achieve this dream of yours. Well, one way would be to find the best course for you, in Florence you can find all types of Artisanal trades that are taught to curious travelers. So you can start by finding some art courses in Florence like AEF or the Accademia D’Arte.

Now that you have some options you can finally make it and not need to search for “I want to do art courses in Florence” cause you have two of the best ones in here. Now to go on.

I want to do art courses in Florence…

Firenze Fresco PaintingFrom spectator to protagonist

When we talk about art, a very important issue is talent. I’m positive that a bit of creativity lies inside of everyone, but only a few get results.

To fulfill art-lover’s desires, there are courses offered at fresco laboratories in Florence, where an instructor explains how to create a Florentine fresco.

There are travel agencies that offer private guided tours in Florence with this artistic experience included. The latest trend, in fact, is to combine a history tour with a special art workshop, a 2-hour lesson to enhance your creativity.

Choose your colors

This workshop is very different from a standard lesson. An expert artist will introduce you to suitable tools and techniques, and then allow you to choose the stencil, design, and colours of your fresco. At the end of the experience, you get to take your masterpiece home – a very original souvenir!

What about art classes in Florence? There are many schools and academies that welcome students from all around the world, such as Accademia del Giglio, which offers a wide range of courses, like: drawing, painting, and training for Fine Arts Academies.

A one-time lesson might be a good start for people who don’t have the time or money to take a course or enroll at an academy. My advice is to first visit the locations that house the best frescoes in the city, and then join the workshop experience.

Firenze Tours and Art LessonDiscover the frescoes in Florence

The Oratorio dei Buonomini di San Martino is located in the historic city center, near Dante Alighieri’s house. A small oratory that hosts frescoes attributed to Domenico Ghirlandaio, it’s a hidden gem in Florence that is still undiscovered by many tourists.

This oratory was the meeting place of the confraternity of the Buonomini, formed in 1441 to aid the poor. The frescoes were a sort of instruction manual for their members, depicting men giving food to the poor, burying the dead, and visiting the sick – a summary of the group’s practice around Florence.

It’s certainly a less renowned venue than the Uffizi, so take advantage and visit this small church if you’re looking for an unusual itfloinerary!

There are also lots of other destinations to discover near the City of Lilies (Florence’s city symbol, the giglio, is a Iris/Lily) to get inspiration for your next works of art! Taking a special guided tour of Florence and its surroundings will help paint a complete portrait.

Il Cinemino Milan opens its doors again

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“Il Cinemino” in Milan opens again after being closed since last October by the Police for security concerns. Luckily this institution of cultural events in the city is going to open it’s doors once a gain to the public. Now that it’s up to par for the city, you’ll get a chance to see some great movies, and take part in events that have shaped the modern cultural scenery of Milan.

Opened by the “SeiSeneca” cultural association this staple of Milanese Cinema, had the support of actors and actresses of all of Italy, and thanks to the #iostocolcinemino they created enough hype to bring about a change in the bureaucratic stall it was going through.

The promoters of the space announce the reopening on Monday announcing that the space will open to the public on Valentines day as a declaration of Love for movies and cinema. Now they want all of you to go and join the association and not forget that you can join it, this way you can watch the movies they project, and enjoy the Q&As that take place. But if you don’t want to, you can always join them for a drink at their bar that is open to the public, so worst comes to worst you’ll enjoy the atmosphere.

Lucky for you new comers, you’ll get a chance to see one of the most lively sides of Milan, and doing so in such a great location. Too bad for the ones of you that left in these 100 days it was closed, but this give you reason to come back and visit the city ASAP. 

Good Luck Cinemino, we’re gonna come visit you as soon as we can!

Florence Off the Beaten Path

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The View from San Miniato

The view from San Miniato al Monte is usually forgotten by most, just trek a bit higher from Piazzale Michelangelo and you’ll find a higher view and a lot less tourists.

Giardino delle Rose

Beneath Piazzale Michelangelo you’ll find the amazing Giardino delle Rose, go there during spring to see some beautiful roses in bloom, while enjoy a stunning view of Florence. Did someone say Instagram?

Dante’s Face

A treasure hunt if you may, when you arrive at Dante’s house you have to look carefully at the stones in front and you might find a little surprise

The Side Streets of Florence

Florence has a whole lot of side streets that you never really take, the one in the image brings you right to the galleria degli Uffizi, but let’s see what other amazing alleys you can find.

The Giant of Villa Demidoff

Villa Demidoff is a location in Florence, that can be also called the second Pitti, it’s gardens are never ending and they arrive all the way to Pratolino, that’s where you’ll find this amazing statue.

Giardino Torrigiani

Another beautiful garden that you can find on the other side of the Arno, a beautiful place to see the history of Florence, without the hustle and bustle of Boboli.

Museo di San Marco

The Museo di San Marco, close to many of the Universities in Florence, has some of the most important Humanist art. The Pre-Renaissance era is something that tends to be forgot by many. Brush up on your art history in this ex monastery museum, while walking in the rooms of some of the artists.

Secret Bakeries

You probably know this one, but hey you have to be reminded sometimes, those amazing locations where you can pick up a pastry at 4-5 in the AM. Personally my favourite is the one in Via delle Pinzocchiere, but it’s only open during the weekdays.

Street Art

A city with so much art history, needs modern art as well. You can find some amazing pearls if you’re careful to the details when walking around town.

Piazza della Passera

Last but definitely not least on our Florence off the beaten path list is Piazza della Passera, a beautiful square near Palazzo Pitti, you go down a little alleyway and you find this beautiful gem in the Centro Storico of Florence.