Il Porcellino, as the Italians call him, means “the little pig”. However the bronze porker fountain sitting at the side of the New Market, or Mercato Nuovo, is really a wild boar, or a cinghiale in Italian. He supposedly brings good luck when visitors rub his snout and put a coin in his mouth.
Carnival celebrations take place around the world, but when we think of elegant masks and beautiful costumes, we think of Venice…
Saturday was the traditional wine harvest ceremony in Florence and I watched the preparations at the Duomo. Two white cows were unloaded, washed and decorated
We start each day with two hours of grammar. This is a fast moving class, as we learn a new grammatical concept almost every day.
When I saw the crowd gathered in front of the building I suspected that I was in the right place. Had it been in England,
The little angel on the frescoed ceiling must have seen a lot over the years…
I would love to have a video of our class, it must be hilarious. We are one step above absolute beginner level with a very