Buongiorno a tutti and welcome back to On Location Italian. After having a great Christmas and New Year at home with all the family, I am ready to jump straight back into my life as an Erasmus student in Verona. Unfortunately my first week back was consumed by exams. Once they were done and dusted, however, I had some free time to explore some more of the beautiful cities surrounding Verona. First stop, Vicenza. I was fortunate enough to have a friend from this elegant city. He pointed out the work of Andrea Palladio and his style of architecture known as Palladian, often characterised by the use of pillars, which was influenced by the formal classical styles of the temples of ancient Greece and Rome and which has had an influence on architecture in many other countries.
It was during this visit that my friend taught me a handy new expression. He asked me if I had una notte in bianco the night before my first exam. Literally, una notte in bianco means “a white night”, or as my friend explained to me, it can be translated in English as “a sleepless night”.
With exams finished, I was also able to start reading an Italian book Babbo Natale (“Father Christmas”) had left for me in my calza di Natale (“Christmas stocking”). I came across the phrase facciamo un brindisi which means “let’s toast”. During my first semester in Verona I heard the phrase fare un cin cin, meaning to make a toast so it was useful to learn that fare un brindisi is also used for the same purpose.
I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog post for this week and I will be back again soon with more On Location Italian. A presto!