Antonio Giaffreda

Travelling in Italy – asking for directions

Exploring Italy can be an adventure, but if you want to be sure to see everything on your list, you need to know how to ask for directions in Italian and understand the directions you are given. After all, if you don’t know how to understand what you’re told, you might miss the very things you hoped to see. Whenever you need to find something, the first thing to do is ask for assistance.

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La storia della Befana / The story of La Befana

As part of Italian folklore “La Befana” is a traditional Christmas legendary character associated with the celebration of Epiphany on 6th January after the 12 days of Christmas. She is an old lady who brings gifts to children across Italy in much the same way as Santa Claus.
Read on to find out more about this legend (in Italian and English).

La Befana si festeggia nel giorno dell’Epifania, che di solito chiude le vacanze natalizie.
(La Befana is celebrated on Epiphany, which usually closes the Christmas holidays.)

Il termine “Befana” deriva dal greco “Epifania” che significa “apparizione, manifestazione”.
(The word “Befana” comes from the greek “Epiphany” which means “appearance, manifestation.”)

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Insalata di finocchio / Fennel salad (recipe)

Dicono che il finocchio abbia molte proprietà salutari: digestivo, diuretico, purificante, aromatizzante.
(They say that fennel has many healthful properties: digestive, diuretic, purifying, flavoring.)

Sicuramente, per il suo sapore morbido e rotondo è molto usato nella cucina italiana.
(Surely, for its soft and round taste it’s widely used in Italian cooking.)

Conosci le proprieta’ del finocchio? Lo usi spesso  nella vostra cucina?
(Do you know about the properties of fennel? Do you use it often in your kitchen?)

Ecco la ricetta in italiano e inglese per voi di provare voi stessi a casa.
(Here is the recipe in Italian and English for you to try yourself at home.)

Ingredienti per 6 persone: Ingredients for 6 people:

2 finocchi ben lavati: 2 bulbs of fennel washed well

4 uova sode a pezzetti: 4 hard boiled eggs cut into pieces

2 avocado mature: 2 mature avocado pears

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