Nutella afternoon at Scuola Toscana

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As promised, under the supervision of Caterina ten of our students made the famous Nutella cake, according to Caterina’s mother recipe.

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This is the right activity given that we are in winter, we need a bit more energy, and it is nice to stay indoor a little bit more than usual; and of course a great way to improve Italian, especially with regards to the conversation and comprehension skills.

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As you can see, among the particpants students of all ages and nationalities: German, Swiss, Austrian, Dutch, Japanese, English, Hungarian, Polish… Nutella-fan from allover the world. We do hope they will become also Scuola Toscana-fans !

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Promised answers

Here the promised answers to the Italian quiz presented in Japan and to our readers some posts ago:

1.Millions of tourists come every year to Florence to see the statue of a naked guy. What’ s the statue’s name and who made it ?
* David… of Michelangelo

2.Close to Scuola Toscana there is a narrow street named “via Torta”. “Torta” means crooked, and, as a matter of fact, this street makes a very strange curve. Why ?
* Originally there was the Roman’s Anfiteatro, and the street followed the round wall. After the Anfiteatro disappeared, the street remained with this shape until our days. If you were at one of the “Segreti di Firenze” walks you would have learned it !

3.Florence is well known in the world as a capital of Renaissance art, thank to huge investments of the family Medici.
Among these names, which one does not belong to any Medici ?
Alessandro
Marco
Cosimo
Giulia
Lorenzo
Anna Maria Luisa
Giovanni
Salvestro

* Marco (More information with the Art History Courses of Scuola Toscana…)

4. One of the most importants dishes of the Florentine cuisine is the so-called “Ribollita”. Which is the main ingredient of the Ribollita ?

* bread (for more information, attend a cooking course at Scuola Toscana !)

5.Which is the most Michelin-starred restaurant in Florence ?

* Enoteca Pinchiorri, which happens to be very close to Scuola Toscana, just 5 minutes walk !

6.Which is the name of the area close to Florence which gives the name to the most famous Florentine wine ?

* Chianti (we just have been there last week on a school organised tour)

7.Fiorentina is the name of the soccer team of Florence. When did this team win the Italian Serie A League ?
1968
1988
2008
never

* 1968

8.Florence is also one of the capital of fashion. Which one of these fashion houses was not born in Florence ?
Cavalli
Gucci
Valentino

* Valentino – by the way, if you attend the Fashion and Design Course at Scuola Toscana you will know everything about it !

Aperitivo at Scuola Toscana

It is winter in Florence, clear but cold, and windy.
We really wished to say “thank you” to all the students who are learning Italian at Scuola Toscana, and arranged an easy aperitivo at lunchtime…
This way, the old students could meet the new ones and we could present the afternoon and weekend activities.

Chips, slices of pizza, soft drinks, prosecco and spumante. The real wine was a Soianello Castello di Soiana.
It was a simple thing, but the students seems to have appreciated it!

Activities at Scuola Toscana: orientamento

The first day at Scuola Toscana all the new students are invited to join the “giro di orientamento“, where an italian language instructor, who happens to be also an expert in art history, and a lover of Florence, shows you the most important monuments and where you can find them… the center of Florence is not too big, and you can always refer to the “Cupolone” (Brunelleschi’s Duomo) if you get lost !
When you participate to this activity, my advice is – try to ask as much questions as possible (in Italian, of course, prepare in advance) so that you can really enjoy the walk.
Ah, it is for free, by the way !