Italianbites is a project that comes from my students’ requests, interests (pigeon breast, lemon zest, middle west… I love rhymes!) and curiosity about Italian language and culture.

The tourist coming to Italy for the first time usually expects a Tuscan landscape, with golden hills of ripe wheat, tall skinny green trees that contrast with the blue cloudless sky, farmers with their white shirts and gray waistcoats waving their flat caps to each other. The countryside, the peace, the old rhythms… Maybe I am exaggerating a little bit, but you got the idea, didn’t you?!

Seriously, though, if you ask someone that has never been to Italy: “tell me something you know about it”, the answers would probably involve pastapizzamafia, and most likely a loud “MAMMA MIIIIIA!” (with rigorous joined fingertips facing upward, shaking evidently)

Truth is, we’re not thick mustached plumbers wearing overalls. And no, our cousin is not called Luigi.

I want to share something about my country that is fading and that, in my opinion, is worth discovering and understand, and that represents much more than simply paying a visit to the Coliseum, take a selfie pushing the Pisa tower and feeding the pigeons in Saint Mark’s square.

I want to create a project for the people that REALLY want to know Italy the way it is, with its beauty and its ugliness, with places, people and stories still to be told and discovered.

This is also one of the reasons for its name.

Italy is such a complex reality: different regions, different stories, different cultures, different dialects, different food, and different lifestyles that simply cannot be labeled under a generalistic “Italian” hallmark.

It’s necessary to discover them slowly, step-by-step. In bites.

As I said before, this project would never have started if it wasn’t for my students, therefore I am committed to creating a platform in which you not only will be able to read (in English and Italian) information, news, and stories about Italy and its history, language and culture, but also use it as a resourceful tool for self-language learning. I am not intending to create an “Italian grammar blog”, there are plenty of them on the world wide web, nor to create pattern drills for you to fill in.

I want to create a different point of view, a deeper understanding of the language you’re studying, providing extra material to support and sustain your language learning process.

So… Enjoy!

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