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I felt a duty to visit Italy since I am an American with Italian blood. I did so in 2001 and thus began a long love affair with the country and the language. I have always loved foreign languages (Spanish was one of my majors in college) so I set upon a journey of learning Italy and perhaps am deluding myself that I will be fluent someday, but that dream is always with me.
I had taken all the classes that I could in my part of the world. So I decided to travel to Italy by myself and attend a language school. I researched about 20 schools and ultimately decided upon Lucca Italian School (LIS). One factor that weighed in favor of LIS was the city of Lucca itself. It intrigued me, particularly the part about it not being hilly; I did not think there was any part of Italy that was not hilly!
First impressions are important. I emailed the school, asking a lot of questions; it seems that I cannot make a decision without asking at least 20 questions! Daniela answered me within 24 hours, with a whole host of information about the school. In fact, she was wonderful about responding immediately to all of my follow-up emails.
I arranged for an apartment online - my first experience in doing so. I was a bit nervous about it. What if the apartment did not really exist? What if the apartment was not as it was pictured in the beautiful online photos? I emailed Daniela and asked her what she thought. She gave me honest answers and even gave me a website to compare other apartments and assured me that the apartment was within walking distanced of the school.
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In Tuscanyby ---
I know Tuscany isn't Rome, but I do know this much from a personal experience abroad:
I did a summer abroad when I was an undergrad. The course offerings were Italian Language, Italian Film and Italian Lit. I had studied Italian in high school, so I opted for the other choices. However, there were many in our group who opted for the language.
Profs from my school taught my classes, but they "contracted out" so to speak to a local language institute. I remember the students who took classes there calling it "Il Sasso" which means "The Something" (sorry it's been a long time since I took Italian)
Having a kid w/ disabilityby survivedandmore
The following is one of the ways people explain what it's like to have a child with disabilities.
Let's say you've always wanted to go to Rome. Your company calls and announces that YOU finally get a chance to go live in Rome and you jump at it. You study Italian. You pore over magazines to figure out what to wear. You brag to all your friends and take orders for Only in Italy merchandise and shamelessly promise unlimited Italian vacations. You convert your dollars to lire and get a local bank account. You study the culture, the roadmaps, you get your Italian drivers license. Finally the day comes and you board the plane, all excited about going to Rome
Digging up petrarchby player
ROME (Reuters) - The 14th century Italian poet Francesco Petrarch left hundreds of letters detailing his life and thoughts. Now scientists plan to dig up his remains to find out more about his flesh and bones.
Researchers will open the poet's marble casket this month in Arqua Petrarca, a village in northern Italy where he died in 1374 and that was renamed for him. They will scrutinize his remains for clues on his physical appearance and health record.
"If the remains are in good condition, we will be able to find out what Petrarch looked like, his height and girth, and also his illnesses," Vito Terribile Wiel Marin, professor of pathological anatomy at the University of Padua, told Reuters on Monday
Pinch me!by wowwwwza!
I just landed a job in Italy.
It all started as kind of a joke - I saw this tourism promotion job posted online in October and applied, thinking that I was totally not qualified but what did I have to lose other than an hour of my time.
One thing led to another, they called, we had a video conf interview, then they flew me into Boston where they have their US HQ, and ta-daaa..... I just found my confirmation email from Rome.
Gotta go, gotta study up on my Italian.
Pizza and red wine for all on me tonight!
*does the happy dance*
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Genoa actually ruled the world by funding the spanish empire though her Banks. Right around the time of Christopher Columbus. Of course it is a port city and it a very lovely climate...not too far south.
A rich history.
Christopher Colombus was from Genoa