Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi

Next tuesday we are going to visit the church of Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi. Originally a convent, with medieval origins, Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi became very important during the Renaissance, Botticelli Perugino and Ghirlandaio worked here; today is a church of the order of the Augustinians of the Assumption, with a nice portico and a cloister. It is just 10 minutes walk from the school, and you will learn all the details of this place rich in art and in history with the visit, guided by our teacher Benedetta.


This is a special place for Scuola Toscana, because the brothers of the congregation here have hosted many events of us.

We were there in may 2014, for the 25th birthday of Scuola Toscana Event, when we organised an evening in support of UNHCR, together with the local offices of Amnesty International and Ican (more than 100 persons, students, teachers, friends, even directors of rival schools attended…)

We were there last september, for the event against the nuclear weapons with one of the last survivors to Hiroshima, Mrs. Tanaka Tomiko. Unforgettable.smmp4

We were there for many “Lecturae Dantis” in support of various other activities we sponsored, like the Italian production of the video “Sulle ali di una farfalla” against nuclear war.


Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi is not in the main circuit of Florence art visits, therefore we are always very happy when we can show the place to new people, as we feel at home here.

Week 3: High Frequency Words

Lexicon is the king if you want to really practice a language…

Prayers and Piazzas

This series focuses on Fluent Forever’s alphabetical list of the 625 most commonly used words in any language, presented 10 words at a time with their Italian translation.

“Not all words are created equal: we use certain words far more often than others…We get a lot of mileage out of our most frequent words…With only a thousand words [of your target language] you’ll recognize nearly 75 percent of what you read. With two thousand, you’ll hit 80 percent.”

–Gabriel Wyner, Fluent Forever

High Frequency 3

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Word bank: back (direction), bad, bag, ball, banana, band (music), bank, bar (location), bathroom, beach. Dietro; cattivo/cattiva; la borsa; la palla; la banana; la banda; la banca; il bar; il bagno/la toilette; la spiaggia.

Practice these high-frequency words on Quizlet.

Level: Give it a Try

  • The students walk dietro the teacher.
  • Go sul retro of the bus.
  • The little boy was very cattivo

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