Author: Alexandra Lawrence, Francesco Stefanelli

September 18, 2008


Since this issue is dedicated to students, we wanted to give them some words and phrases they will hear every day as they begin to settle into their new, temporary home. So students, take a few minutes to learn these key expressions in the local vernacular. Don’t miss the chance to impress your friends and […]
September 4, 2008

Pissero, Toni

Now that we're back from vacation and ready to get the new year' under way, I wanted to include two examples of Florentine words for inspiration. The first is an example to be avoided and the second is meant to prompt you to get moving after a summer lounging
July 24, 2008


With the dog days of summer upon us, we decided to give you a few words and phrases that will have you sounding like a real Florentine whether chilling out at the beach or living it up in town.   Diaccio: cold, ice. Your ears don't deceive you ... this
July 10, 2008


It is widely known that the Tuscan vernacular, particularly Florentine, has the most occurances of words derived directly from Latin. This issue’s Florentinism is no exception-ire, to go.   Two examples of common use of ire in Florence: O indove l” ito? (Where did he go?)    C” che ire! (There’s a long way to […]
June 26, 2008

The beginnings of Florentinisms + bischero, ganzo, brindellone

Linguists and scholars agree: the Florentine dialect can be considered the origin of the Italian language. Thanks to writers and poets like Dante Alighieri, Giovanni Boccaccio, Francesco Petrarca and Alessandro Manzoni, the Florentine dialect became the peninsula’s lingua franca when Italy united in 1861. However, not all of the Florentine vocabulary made it into the […]