Amatrice, the destroyed town that I still call “home”

If you are not living underground or on the top of a very high mountain, you might have noticed that this end of summer has been quite dramatic for most of us Italians. The earthquake that suddenly shook central Italy in the night of August 24th has stolen 296 lives and is still haunting the dreams of the ones of us who have been touched, directly or indirectly, by this reoccurring tragedy…

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Ennio Morricone made us proud once again

Everyone has heard by now about Leonardo DiCaprio finally winning an Oscar. It’s the biggest internet news since that blue/black, gold/white dress that sent everyone into a panic. But another big name has waited quite awhile to receive his own oscar. While Ennio Morricone did receive an honorary oscar in 2007 for his contributions to the musical and cinematic community, he had yet to win one for a specific compostion he had done, UNTIL this past academy awards when he won for best soundtrack of the marvelous movie, The Hateful Eight directed by Quentin Tarantino.

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Something “extraordinary” is happening in Rome!

Poor Romans! Without having had the chance to recover from the 2000 Jubilee, they now have to face a new, extraordinary one, 10 years in advance. Needless to say, out of the ordinary is also the tense and alarmist atmosphere in which this event is about to be held.

Keep on reading the original article on Kappa Language School’s website.

Questions Americans have for Italians, and Italians have for Americans, and anybody has for anybody

Assuming you are genuinely into Italy and Italian, you should have been inevitably exposed to this video created by Buzzfeed:

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October, 23rd: OPEN DAY 2015!

On friday, October, 23rd Kappa Language School will host the Open Day 2015!

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Visit our new headquarters in the heart on Rome and get the opportunity to:

  • Take a free entry test to check your proficiency level;
  • Meet our staff and get help finding the best learning experience for you;
  • Collect information about the PLIDA exam and learn how to certify your italian;
  • Enroll in one of our courses with a 10% discount on the regular fee;
  • Learn more about the School and its activities and events;
  • Attend a free conversation class and have a first taste of Italian.

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Conversation classes will be held at the following times:

10.00-11.00: elementary level;
11.30-12.30: intermediate level;
14.00-15.00: elementary level;
15.30-16.30: intermediate level.

For further information: info@kitaliano.com

Come and visit us in via del Boschetto, 32 from 10.00 am!

New HQ Grand Opening!

On Saturday June 20th, we had the pleasure of hosting the Grand Opening of our new HQ located in the wonderful area of Monti, Via del Boschetto, 32. On the occasion, we also exhibited the winning photograph of the #WeAreTheGreatBeauty photo contest: Livia Hengel with “All eyes on Italy”, Stefania Marchini with “Roma no problem” and Valentina Iosco with “Piazza San Pietro”.

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Thank you to all of the members of the community that attended the event, it was a great success! Also, we would like to give a special thanks to Biblioteche di Roma, Rome Municipality (Assessorato Cultura e Turismo), Dante Alighieri Society and Radio Roma Capitale (in the person of Paolo Cento) for their sponsorship. We hope all those in attendance had a great time, and we have posted photos of the event!

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#WeAreTheGreatBeauty, the thousand souls of Rome in one photo contest

On the occasion of the grand opening of our new headquarters in Via del Boschetto, 32, we are happy to launch the photo contest #WeAreTheGreatBeauty, focused on the relationship between Rome, romans and foreigners.

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Participation is free of charge and open to everyone. The participation deadline is May, 20th 2015.

The contest is sponsored by Municipal Department of Culture and Tourism, Biblioteche di Roma and Dante Aligheri Society. Furthermore, the whole event will be followed by Radio Roma Capitale FM 93.00.

The best photographs will be exhibited and published.

Please read our terms and conditions and submit your photos!

We are really looking forward to take a look at Rome and its thousand souls and color from your point of view!

IS to throw grow people off The Leaning Tower of Pizza

Queer Pulse

Despite the serious threat that IS is, many people found it hard to take serious the threat: ‘we will use your leaning tower of pizza to throw off homosexual’. It was made by an IS militant under the twitter hashtag: ‘We_Are_Coming_O_Rome’. The threat comes after IS did in fact throw people accused of being gay off a roof in Tal Abyad, Syria. The internet responded accordingly, not only mocking them about the Leaning Tower of Pisa not actually being in Rome (and also being made out of marble, not dough, tomatoes etc), but said they were sceptical this attack would be possible considering the shambles that is apparently Rome’s transport and road system.

Tweets included ‘Tomorrow is the strike of public transport. Good luck” and “Be careful on the highway-Ring Road: there’s too much traffic, you would remain trapped’. Although their threats were taken light heartedly by some, Italian security…

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‘Spectre’: James Bond Cast Heads to Rome

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The newest James Bond film ‘Spectre’, has begun shooting in Rome where a huge car chase is expected to be filmed.

BadTaste.it has revealed new details about a night time car chase that is set to take place in Rome. The scene is set to begin filming on March 8 between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., on the ancient road Via Nomentana. Traffic is to shut down along this road with residents only allowed to return or leave their homes during certain intervals.

Another place in Rome where this scene is expected to shoot in along the Tiber River where the car is expected to crash and James Bond being rescued by a helicopter.

Other filming locations in the city are triangle between Via Barberini, Via Quattro Fontane and Via Nazionale, as well as Borgo Pio, the Milvian Bridge and streets and alleys around Piazza Navona.

You can check out photos of Daniel…

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New Google Doodle Honors Alessandro Volta, Forefather of the Modern Battery

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Alessandro Volta’s 270th Birthday

*Throws metal strips in saltwater, changes world forever*

A new Google Doodle is celebrating what would have been the 270th birthday of the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta, who in the year 1800 published a theory that led to the modern battery.

As TIME wrote back in 2007, Volta “realized metals could produce a current and developed the first battery, or ‘voltaic pile,’ a series of copper and zinc strips in salt water that gave off an electric current instead of static electricity.”

Undated picture of Italian physicist and inventor Alexander Volta (1745 - 1827)Born February 18, 1745 in Como, Italy, Volta’s invention was the result of a professional competition with Luigi Galvani, who discovered that dissected frogs’ legs would twitch when probed with a wire.

Galvani believed the frogs’ muscles generated the electricity, while Volta thought the animal tissue was only a conductor.

The debate galvanized Volta to experiment with conductivity (often on his own tongue). Eventually, Volta put together…

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