For every Italian the aperitivo is a very important tradition and a part of the everyday life. An aperitivo is normally an alcoholic drink with a light meal after a hard-working day, which Italians usually enjoy at the end of the day with some friends. While drinking it, a calm and relaxed atmosphere prevails and everyone communicates with each other and leaves work-problems behind them. In other words, it’s like a warmup for the dinner. In every town and country of the Italian peninsula you’ll find lots of bars and restaurants that offer the traditional aperitivo. The snacks that claim the aperitivo normally are salty and don’t replace the dinner. Typical snacks are for example, small pieces of pizza, meat balls, cheeses and a lot of other delicious finger-food. Initially it was a tradition that started in northern Italy, in the area of Milan. Time by time it spread out and now it’s all over Italy. Here in Florence, the aperitivo is also a very common thing and very loved by tourists. The special thing of the florentine aperitivo is that you can enjoy it while watching the sunrise all over the city, as there are a lot of rooftop bars that are specialized for the aperitivo. As the sun goes down thousands of colors spread awide and Florence looks like a kind of paradise. The only thing is that these rooftop bars are often fully booked and you need a reservation, especially on the weekends. So, if you want to experience such an unforgettable moment please make sure to have a reservation. If you are travelling to Italy one day, hopefully to Florence, don’t miss the chance to experience such a nice thing and don’t forget to stop a long and take pictures.

A day in Pisa

Processed with VSCO with x1 presetWhile thinking of Pisa everyone immediately thinks of the leaning tower. Last week, Scuola Toscana offered an activity to go on an adventure on saturday morning, namely to Pisa. We all took the train and drove to Pisa for approximately one hour. After that, Maria, a school’s professor took us to all the important and interesting places of Pisa. We saw different works of art and learned a lot about the history of Pisa. Maria gave us also different kind of tips for restaurants, bars and places to visit. We walked all together to the famous Piazza dei Miracoli where we all admired the worldwide well-known leaning tower of Pisa. Afterwards we all could choose whatever we wanted to do and got time for some shopping and to visit one or the other museum. It was a very funny and instructive adventure that we all won’t forget. Thanks to Scuola Toscana we got the possibility to see an other place, to visit it and to live it.