5 annoying types of people you will (almost) always find at an Italian Aperitif

Italy is the worldwide known homeland of Aperitivo, although this cultural institution substiantially changes if you scroll  from southern to northern Italy.

Now, if you’re in love with Italy and Italian Lifestyle you might have attended to more than one aperitif in your life, even in Italy. And surely you have been able to identify these 5 particular kinds of attendees which are infesting every aperitif or happy hour in the world:

  1. 48802873Mr. Know-It-All – Are you talking about your late holiday in that far away island located in the middle of the Pacific? He probably had been there before you even knew of its existance. Are your friends discussing about a very obscure czech novelist that they have just discovered? He spent the past five years writing essays about his works. In few words, there’s no subject in which this charmless mr. Know-It-All cannot put his long nose. And believe me when I say that alcohol can only make thing worse, giving the guy an amount of self-confidence which is frankly unmanageable by a regular human being. Anyway, as our saint patron Morrissey used to say, “there’s gonna be someone somewhere, with a big(ger) nose who knows, and shuts you up and laughs when you fall”. Just wait and see.
  2. 57242257The Wine Expert – Italian aperitif is a magnificent occasion to taste good wine and wine-based drinks such as the spritz, but this wonderful opportunity has its scary downside: it attracts hordes of self-proclaimed wine experts which will make your head explode with neverending descriptions of the wine they (or you) are tasting. Letting alone the fact that adjectives such as “laser-like” or “intellectually satisfying” should be banished from any conversation, the truth is that if you blindfold the poor Wine Expert you will find out he’s not able to recognize a carton of Tavernello from a bottle of Amarone.
  3. futurama-fry-meme-generator-not-sure-if-tipsy-or-just-drunk-d0043aThe Always Tipsy – Hold on: aperitif is not for getting drunk. It is a social occasion, a mean to converse and take a pleasant break after a working day or before a long night. This is why the Always Tipsy type looks particulary ridiculous in this specific context. He\she gets to the bar usually suited up after having worked behind a desk for the whole day, and right after the first sip of prosecco is already giggling like a teenager. This type of person usually starts to lose his\her dignity (i.e. loosened tie, heeled shoes off etc.) at the end of the first drink and becomes actually unbearable at the second one, which usually coincides with a collective “sorry, I need to go home, tomorrow I have to work” pronounced in unison by his mates, leaving the poor guy alone with his (fake) hangover.
  4. The Gourmet Guy – Every respectable aperitif offers a good selection of food to99a2c39d89c66b56c651057cfffab1628311b763f002331681b59933b15d47f7 accompany your drink. But bear in mind that the meal you will get during an aperitif in Italy won’t always be as good as you might expect. Italians tend to be aware of this, and although we are traditionally picky about our food, we usually turn a blind eye on the lack of quality of some buffets. This is not always the case though, especially if you live the unpleasant experience of meeting the infamous Gourmet Guy: constantly bitching about the texture of his tartine, the freshness of his caponatina or the real origin of his olive taggiasche, this type is a real nightmare. If you want to enjoy your not-so-wonderful meal without feeling like you’re eating at the soup kitchen, just stay away.
  5. whenever-i-get-called-anti-social-for-being-quiet-28192The Silent One – As we said, aperitif is a mean to socialize. Nevertheless, you will always find a guy who joins your group and doesn’t utter a word for the entire evening. Is he too tired to have a chat? Doesn’t he like your company? Is he dumb? Nobody knows. The only thing you know is the embarassing feeling of sharing your table with the cardboard cutout of a person.

Not in the mood of joining an aperitif after reading this? Well, not all aperitifs are the same. For instance, you can join our Linguistic Aperitif, every Tuesday in Trastevere and every first Thursday of the month in Monti, and meet new, international friends while practicing your Italian. And if you’re not in Rome just don’t panic: there’s still the chance to have a radio-aperitif offered by our Italian Language School. Just invite your friends, play one of our podcasts and practice some Italian with us: this will surely save you from the embarassing silence of a struggling conversation…

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San Valentino è alle porte: chiudiamole!

Se cercate notizie sull’origine della festa dedicata all’amore, c’è il rischio che vi scoppi la testa. Sì, proprio così. C’è una versione della sua genesi capace di soddisfare ogni genere di palato, ciononostante, dopo aver trascorso giorni di lettura frustrante, potrete riscontrare in ciascuna trasposizione due sacrosante costanti.

  • Costante numero 1: è comunemente accertato e accettato che il germe della festa di San Valentino tragga origine dai Lupercalia, una festività pagana del IV secolo a.c. che si celebrava nel mese purificatorio, appunto febbraio, in onore del dio Fauno, o Luperculus, protettore del bestiame ovino e caprino dall’attacco dei lupi. Da qui in poi iniziamo a leggerne di tutti i colori, fino all’avvento del vescovo Valentino di Terni nel III secolo d.c.
  • Costante numero 2: Valentino muore tra atroci sofferenze. Cosa possiamo imparare da tutta questa storia? Un bel niente, a parte il conto dei secoli a disposizione che questa festa ha avuto per tartassare il genere umano. Per non scadere nel qualunquismo più becero limiteremo ad 1 il numero delle banalità in quest’articolo: San Valentino non ci interessa, non interessa a nessuno, interessa a tutti (più o meno) e il più delle volte è esattamente uguale a se stesso. Perciò auguriamo a ciascuna coppia il suo Buon San Valentino.

A voi che nonostante i problemi e le difficoltà amate le solite 3 cose: cena fuori in un ristorante elegante, gadget orribili e 50kg di romanticismo preconfezionato.

A voi che festeggiate il vostro primo San Valentino tra l’imbarazzo e l’eccitazione… godetevelo finché non diventerete come la coppia vista in precedenza.

A voi che siete una coppia da molto tempo e scoprirete che è il 14 Febbraio solo quando uscirete a comprare le sigarette. Dal tabaccaio passerete 60 secondi di pura angoscia facendovi mille domande (gli/le devo comprare un regalo? ma quanto costano questi cioccolatini? e se invece lui/lei se n’è ricordato/a?) per poi rendervi conto di non essere Barbie e Ken e soprattutto che è domenica. C’è poco a cui pensare.

A voi, incurabili sognatori, creatori di mondi paralleli. Tutti i vostri amici faranno di tutto per trattenervi con i piedi per terra ma la vostra fantasia non potrà mai essere ostacolata.

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Infine, buon San Valentino a voi che odiate questa festa e cercate di non esserne contagiati. Apprezziamo tutti il vostro sforzo e vi sosterremo.

PS: C’è chi sicuramente avrà modo di essere felice!


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Not just “Family Day” – A short guide to the Gay Friendly Eternal City

For those who are (understandably) upset by the show offered by the latest “Family Day” held in Rome this last Saturday, well, we have good news! It is a fact that Rome has been for centuries the capital of a multicultural and socially advanced empire, in which tolerance and peaceful coexistence were the hallmark of its greatness. And if you look close enough, you can find that it’s still true.

So here’s a short guide to the Gay Friendly Eternal City, for all you people who consider difference a value rather than something to be scared of!


street4Neighborhoods – For the past 30 years, the area around the Colosseum (namely Via San Giovanni in Laterano and its side streets) has been the designated meeting point for the open-minded communities of the city. From the dark ages of Pasolini’s walks of shame to the current, everyday joyful spree, this neighborhood has become a landmark, especially if you are looking for something different on a Saturday night.

Shops – Indie and underground fashion has always been a preferred medium for the affirmation of civil rights and emancipation, and in this case it’s no different. Several shops, related to just as many brands, are more or less directly connected to the Gay community of Rome. Pifebo and King Size, in Monti, both offer a wide selection of vintage clothing, and are two destinations of choice for fashion freaks and open minds. The Coming Out Shop awaits you in the Laterano neighborhood. This shop is simply and institution for the Roman LGBT community, and with its neighbor shop Souvenir, this street will be a fun place to spend some of your day window shopping! Alcova (in the Trevi area), Hydra and Pulp (in the Monti area) are some leather shops with a very particular (and sometimes somewhat transgressive) choice of products. Should you choose to visit Rome following your gaydar, surely you won’t risk going back home empty handed!


Nightlife – I guess this is what you were waiting for! Well, in the last ten years roman gay friendly nightlife blossomed with a variety of pubs, clubs, cafes and bars, besides the traditional gay street of Via San Giovanni in Laterano: you are definitely spoiled for choice! From Glamda and Quirinetta, both located in suggestive areas of the city center, to more suburban live music clubs such as Lanificio, Monk or the enormous Qube (where the famous party Muccassassina is currently taking place), you’ll get the chance to actually live the entire city finding a corner of friendly and open minded environment basically in every area. And if you need to eat and drink, peculiar restaurants such as Elle or the Chinese La Città in Fiore or Ristopubs Tram Depot and Freni e Frizioni are what you are looking for.

And that’s it, this non-exhaustive short guide the gay friendly eternal city has come to an end. Of course if you look close enough you will find a myriad of other eligible “gay friendly” places, so our advice is: go and explore!

And if this list was not enough, well… there’s always Zoolander 2, shot in Rome! I don’t think anyone can get more gay friendly than this:

Special thanks to our student Andrea Schorn who helped editing this article! ❤

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Espressioni comuni e loro significato

My Rosetta Stone

Vi è mai capitato di sentire durante un viaggio in Italia o da amici italiani alcune espressioni che non sembrano avere significato o di cui non riuscite a coglierne il senso?


Talvolta quando parliamo usiamo delle frasi che se collocate al di fuori del loro contesto perdono totalmente significato.

Eccone alcune:

  • CHE CASINO! Si usa per descrivere una situazione che è fuori controllo o confusione. Se pensate a come in Italia siamo spesso mal organizzati è il caso che impariate questa espressione!
  • MAGARI! Parola usata per indicare desiderio, speranza. Facciamo un esempio: A: Andrai a New York per Capodanno? B: Magari!
  • CHE BARBA! Si usa specialmente quando dovete fare qualcosa di noioso o la situazioni non è delle più divertenti. xssb68
  • NON C’ENTRA/NON C’ENTRANO sono espressioni principalmente usate quando non si è d’accordo su qualcosa o non si crede che sia importante. Eccovi un esempio:  A: Perché non prendi quel vestito? B: Non c’entrano i…

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