Where in the world…
1. Vatican City is the smallest country in the world and located within Italy’s capital city, Rome. A country within a country!
2. The internationally known Baci (Italian for “kisses”) chocolates have been manufactured by the Perugina company in Perugia, Italy since 1922. These hazelnut chocolates, wrapped in love notes in four languages, are a fixture at the very popular Eurochocolate festival which is held in town every October. This year’s festival will take place October 17-26 and we are thrilled to see that the sustainability theme of 2013 continues as the festival’s underscoring management philosophy.
3. Italy has three active volcanoes: Vesuvius near Naples, Etna on Sicily and Stromboli off the Coast of Italy.
4. There are currently more than 500 different types of pasta eaten in Italy. How many have you tried?
5. The most popular sport in Italy is football (soccer). Italy has won four FIFA World Cup titles, the last one being in 2006. We’ll see how they do in this year’s World Cup in Brasil.
Read all about it!
Ciao Bambino!: A Child’s Tour of Italy – Enjoy a tour of Italy through a child’s scrapbook of his Italian vacation. The story includes several Italian words with a pronunciation and translation guide provided at the back of the book.
Italy ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of Italy – An alphabetical exploration of the people, geography, animals, plants, history, and culture of Italy.
How do you say…
Hello … Ciao
Good-bye … Arrivederci
Good morning … Buongiorno
Good evening … Buona sera
Good night … Buonanotte
Please … Per favore
Thank you … Grazie
I would like some white wine … Vorrei del vino bianco
A taste of Italy
We are heading to Umbria in July and can’t wait to sample the region’s delicious fare, including olive oil, truffles, torta al testo, lots of chocolate and this traditional chicken all’arrabiata.