Anna and Marika are two young women who sometimes masquerade as lyric opera characters and news broadcasters, but who also give us some authentic everyday Italian conversation, and show us around the shops, parks, and eating places of Rome. These videos are generally geared to beginners, with some moments of fast talking by restaurant owners and the like.
Magpies [gazze ladre] in folklore are known to be attracted by shiny things. Rossini's opera "La Gazza Ladra" recounts the story of Ninetta, a servant girl. She is wrongly accused of stealing the silverware that the family magpie stole.
Ninetta is in prison, condemned to death, and things are looking very bleak, indeed. Don't worry though; in the end, love and justice win out, and everyone except the magistrate lives happily ever after.