My Love For Vintage Italian Fiats

A good piece about the iconic Italian car – by the way, yours truly director of Scuola Toscana used to drive this car !

Italophilia

I am not a car enthusiast but there are several eye catching cars in and around Italy so I couldn’t help but notice a few. The car that catches my fancy the most is the vintage Fiat 500! I am obsessed with these little beauties. 

Check a small collection of shots of the vintage Fiat 500s that I saw during my travel to Italy. There were several that whizzed past me and I couldn’t get a picture. These are the ones that were quiet and patient and let me click them 😉 Which one is your favorite?

Beep Beep!

In a quiet alley in Trieste Centre

Hello there cuteness in Fiesole

Perfect blue in Rome

Standing neat in San Gimignano

On the way to Gubbio

Black Beauty in Trieste

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Unterbringung in Florenz

Aus der ganzen Welt reisen unzählige Studierende, Touristen, Urlauber etc. nach Florenz- die Hauptstadt der Renaissance und eines der weltweit beliebtesten Reiseziele.

Die Scuola Toscana bietet vier Unterkunftsmöglichkeiten an:

  • * Wohngemeinschaften
  • * Familie
  • * unabhängige Wohnungen
  • * Hotels

Dank eines weitverzweigten Netzwerkes stellt Ihnen die Scuola Toscana eine Unterkunft zur Verfügung, wo sich während Ihres Aufenthaltes wohl fühlen können. Wir moechten Sie darauf hinweisen, dass die scuolatoscana keine Kommission verlangt – der Preis, den Sie zahlen, ist der des freien Marktes in Florenz.

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Und weiter,  das wichtigste für “unsere” Familien ist der Kulturaustausch,
Personen von verschiedenen Nationen kennenlernen, mit Ihnen die
Sehenswürdigkeiten von Florenz und der Toscana entdecken ( die italienischen
Küche geniessen) : die Familien sind sich bewusst, dass unsere Studenten,
spezielle Studenten sind.

Für die Auswahl der Unterkunft, wie auch immer Ihre Wünsche/Bedürnisse sind,
nehmen Sie bitte Kontakt mit uns auf. Gerne geben wir Ihnen weitere
Informationen und Hinweis !

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Scuola Toscana Accommodation Programme

For students from all over the world, Florence in Italy is one of the most attractive travel destinations.

The Scuola Toscana Accommodation Programme offers four kinds of accommodation:

  • * shared apartments
  • * family
  • * independent apartments
  • * hotel

The school doesn’t take any commission on the accommodation and the price you pay is the free-market price in Florence. In some season, you are really able to get high-quality accommodation at bargain prices. This is because we at Scuola Toscana have stablished good and long-lasting relations with many families and owner, and sometime, not to remain empty, they are more than happy to accept students at reduced prices.

A nice room in the center of Florence

A nice room in the center of Florence

Moreover, the families (who offer both the use of kitchen or the half board) give really more importance to the cultural exchange with someone coming from another country and another culture, than to the raw value of the money they can get. They know that our students are smart and interesting people..!

The staff at Scuola Toscana is always available to listen to your needs and to suggest you the most suitable accommodation !

Tutti matti per Gubbio

Breaking news ! Next saturday Scuola Toscana goes to Gubbio, by private bus – enrole now !

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Gubbio: Piazza Grande e il Palazzo dei Consoli

Qualche pomeriggio fa decisi di visitare la biblioteca comunale a due passi da casa. Appena entrata iniziai a curiosare tra i volumi della sezione “Italia”. Con mia grande sorpresa trovai dell’ottima letteratura sul mio paese e decisi di leggere quest’articolo su Gubbio e su quali luoghi visitare in questo bellissimo paese umbro. Ve lo riporto con qualche modifica, soprattutto in lunghezza, dal momento che occupava numerose pagine. Troverete la spiegazione delle parole sottolineate alla fine dell’articolo. Buona lettura e contattatemi anche per avere informazioni turistiche sulla città di Gubbio.

A Gubbio, in Umbria, succedono da moltissimo tempo cose strane. I lupi che vanno in giro nei boschi, per esempio, sono diventati mansueti, probabilmente perché uno di loro, alcuni secoli fa, è stato convinto da San Francesco a smetterla di terrorizzare con le famose parole: “Frate lupo, vieni qui da me:…

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30/6/15

ThedailyweeklyFlorence, blogging about “our” Piazza Santa Croce… enjoy !

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Day 15: “In Santa Croce with No Baedecker”

Another day, another historic adventure in Firenze.

Luckily, I felt significantly better today, well enough that I felt up to a class field trip to the church of Santa Croce (i.e., the Holy Cross) on the other side of town. The piazza around the church was still filled with the temporary stadium set up for a game of calcio on the feast day of San Giovanni, but the church, a blinding white in the scorching sun, drove out everything else from view. Inside we followed the professor down the impressively large nave, learning that the church was originally built on a much smaller scale in honor of St. Francis. A symbol of poverty and simplicity, the ideal of St. Francis was quickly ornamented with a bigger, grander church, covered in every inch by frescos. Today, after the “restoration” of Giovanni Vasari, many…

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…and what about this ?

This should be the new graphic of the cover of our 1st booklet, intermediate level.

When we printed our first booklets we were so busy with the content that we did not think about the cover, and our printers put some old stamps of Florence as covers, I think also because there were no problems of copyright.

The idea was for these cover to be provisory, but like happens, they become a “classic” at Scuola Toscana and we and our teacher grew used and quite fond of them.

So I did not want to change everything, but just do a sort of update…

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What do you think ?

Tour of the center of Florence

The first day of the course all the students participate (if they like, of course) in the “tour of the centre of Florence”, to be oriented, to have an idea about the most important monuments, and why Florence is so important in the history of art, and to get useful information (where is the closest bank ? where could I buy some food at good price ? which bus goes where ? etc.)

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This is one of our teachers, who double also as guide, Caterina, an expert in History of Art, which leads our groups also for other activities – she is also a great teacher of Italian, so even if you have just some knowledge of the language , you do not get lost !