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In giro per l'Italia
Beginner - Intermediate
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We visit various Italian cities and interesting spots in the company of Arianna and other Yabla friends.

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In giro per l'Italia - Firenze - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy Tuscan

Arianna takes us around Florence. In this part, we walk from the main train station to the famous San Lorenzo market, where it's time to find some lunch.

In giro per l'Italia - Firenze - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Arianna is still a bit hungry, so she looks around for something else to eat. After lunch, she takes us downstairs to the actual market.

In giro per l'Italia - Firenze - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Arianna shows us the outside market near San Lorenzo, and we discover where the train station got its long name Santa Maria Novella. Arianna also gives us some important information about how to get to and from the airports of Pisa and Florence.

In giro per l'Italia - Firenze - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy Tuscan

Today Arianna takes us back to Florence. This time we go to a high point on the southern side of the Arno river where we get a view of the whole city in all its splendor.

In giro per l'Italia - Firenze - Part 5

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy Tuscan

Arianna takes us down to one of the most popular and busiest parts of the city. Many areas are primarily zone pedonali (pedestrian areas) but you still have to be very careful.

In giro per l'Italia - Asciano - S. Giuliano Terme: Villa Bosniascki - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Gianni takes us up to an abandoned villa, and reflects on the tremendous challenges the builder faced.

In giro per l'Italia - Asciano - S. Giuliano Terme: Villa Bosniascki - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Gianni explores the interior of the abandoned villa, imagining what it might have been like before.

In giro per l'Italia - Pisa e dintorni - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy Tuscan

Arianna shows us around the Cathedral Square, where the bell tower, better known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, is located.

In giro per l'Italia - Pisa e dintorni - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy Tuscan

This beautiful church is worth a stop on the way from Pisa to the seaside. Arianna shares her discovery of it. The ceramic bowls that decorate the church are technically known as “bacini ceramici” in Italian, which could be translated as “ceramic basins.” Art historians who write in English, however, also use the term “bacini” for these tin-glazed works.

In giro per l'Italia - Pisa e dintorni - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy Tuscan

Arianna takes us down to a beach near Pisa, and explains a bit about how beaches work in many parts of Italy.

In giro per l'Italia - Lucca - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy Tuscan

Arianna visits Lucca for the first time, and gets some advice from a friend who lives there. Arianna and Eleonora look at the map together to get an idea of how the city is laid out. With its Roman origins, Lucca's urban space was designed with intersecting roads called 'cardos' and 'decumani'.

In giro per l'Italia - Lucca - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Mini decides to guide Arianna through one of the main roads of Lucca to the center of the city. It's one continuous road but its name changes several times. Arianna is fascinated by some mysterious numbers appearing on the stones of the pavement.

In giro per l'Italia - Lucca - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

The best way to get around Lucca is by bike. Arianna rents one and enjoys riding along the amazing walls of the city, still intact after centuries.

In giro per l'Italia - Lucca - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

There are a lot of interesting places to see from the walls, as Arianna rides around on her rental bike: the botanical garden, a tower with trees on it, and the entrance to a pilgrimage route to Rome.

In giro per l'Italia - La finestrella di Marechiaro -Napoli

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Marino tells about Marechiaro, a small village in the area of Naples called Posillipo. Marchiaro gives its name to a very famous Neapolitan song by Salvatore Di Giacomo.

In giro per l'Italia - Mazara Del Vallo - Sicilia - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Arianna and Simone show us the historic center of this city on Sicily's west coast. Points of interest include its Casbah, where ceramic tile artworks tell of the city's Arab history, an unusual central-plan church; and the Satyr Museum.

In giro per l'Italia - Mazara Del Vallo - Sicilia - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Arianna and Simone take us through the narrow lanes of Mazara to the little theater, built from leftover materials from ships, and on to the Casbah, full of ceramic artwork.

In giro per l'Italia - Mazara Del Vallo - Sicilia - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

We visit some of the narrow alleys with names that have special significance. Arianna and Simone tell the stories of these names and show us some of the beautiful ceramic pots placed around the town.

In giro per l'Italia - Mazara Del Vallo - Sicilia - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Arianna explains what a casbah is, and she and Simone take us around to the Tunisian consulate and the old washhouse.

In giro per l'Italia - Venezia - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Marika takes us to Venice where we have a look around through her "eyes." We start out near the Doge's Palace.

In giro per l'Italia - Venezia - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Marika shows us a famous bookshop in Venice. It's in a critical position with respect to the water level, so special precautions are taken to protect the books when there are high tides. Fascinating!

In giro per l'Italia - Venezia - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

In Venice, the concept of "streets" and "roads" is totally different from most other places in Italy, so there are some new words to learn that apply almost exclusively to this wonderful city. Marika does some show and tell to help us get the picture.

In giro per l'Italia - Venezia - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Marika takes us to see a special statue, a fish market and two famous bridges.

In giro per l'Italia - Venezia - Part 5

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Even if we have never been to Venice, we all know a gondola when we see one, but let's find out more about this elegant Venetian symbol.

In giro per l'Italia - Venezia - Part 6

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Everyone has heard of St. Mark's Square, but Marika gives us some interesting tidbits of information and then takes us to a see a very special staircase.

In giro per l'Italia - Venezia - Part 7

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Marika takes us to the piazza where Marco Polo supposedly lived. But which house is it? She asks a local. The name of the square is Corte Seconda del Milion. Il Milion is the Italian name of the book, The Travels of Marco Polo.

In giro per l'Italia - Venezia - Part 8

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

A short boat ride takes us from Venice to Murano, where they make some of the most beautiful glass in the world.

In giro per l'Italia - Venezia - Part 9

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

The Venetian island of Burano is famous for its multi-colored houses and for its lace. It's time to get your camera out, if you haven't already.

In giro per l'Italia - Venezia - Part 10

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

The last stop on our trip around Venice is the beautiful, uninhabited island of Torcello. Marika has a few stories to tell about it.

In giro per l'Italia - Pentidattilo - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Rossella tells us how she came to be the solitary inhabitant of a beautiful, abandoned village in Calabria, called either Pentedattilo or Pentidattilo.

In giro per l'Italia - Pentidattilo - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

What a wonderful place Pentidattilo had been, but then plastic arrived and pretty much ruined everything.

In giro per l'Italia - Pentidattilo - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Rossella feels that it's her mission to show people this marvelous place. She dedicates part of her home to guests from all over the world.

In giro per l'Italia - Pentidattilo - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Rossella talks about why she likes Pentidattilo so much, and imagines what it would have been like when it was populated by families. She has managed to preserve the magic of the place, where time has stood still.

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