About the italian language specialist

director of a school of italian language located in Florence, Italy - director of schools of Japanese in Florence and Milan

APERITIVO TIME

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.

A night in a museum – Palazzo Vecchio

Everyday Scuola Toscana offers interesting and exciting activities led by a distinguished staff. On the 21st of May, Caterina, a school’s professor, brought some of us students to the fascinating and wonderful Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza Signoria, which is the town hall of Florence. The tour started at 8 o’clock in the evening, and everyone waited excitedly in front of this huge palace. When standing in front of this building, I felt like being minuscule and the palace had a very powerful effect on me. We started in the famous and universally known room – Salone dei Cinquecento, the most imposing chamber of the palace. This room was featured by the sublime Giorgio Vasari on behalf of Grand Duke Cosimo I, who wanted it as seat of the Grand Council consisting of 500 members. Inside this chamber you can find hundreds of paintings and statues, among others also from Michelangelo. The rest of the palace served as residence for Duke Cosimo and his large family. The Palazzo Vecchio reveals a lot of secrets and mysteries when being there. It is a very amazing and wonderful palace, that for sure is worth a visit. These days, the palace serves as museum and as seat of the mayor of Florence. Visiting a museum by night is an unforgettable adventure and has even a bigger impact than by day. Once in your lifetime you must have experienced such a thing.

The Boboli Gardens

The Boboli Gardens is one of the worldwide most fascinating and beautiful park in the whole wide world. If you once are in Florence, the Boboli Gardens are a must and should be on everyone’s bucketlist. They are located immediately next to the Palazzo Pitti, which was the main seat of the de Medici family that governed the city of Florence for a long long time. The park is located on the south side of the river Arno, near the city center. You can combine the visit of the Boboli Gardens with the visit of Palazzo Pitti, so you can buy just one ticket for both attractions. While walking through the Boboli Gardens you can enjoy the tuscan sun and smell different kinds of citrus fruits and olive trees. The Boboli Gardens are decorated with hundreds of sculptures, small lakes and mediterrean plants. On the upper part of the Gardens you also have the possibility to visit the Museum of porcelain, which contains several outstanding examples of Italian porcelain objects. You will see landmarks as never before and feel like being in a sort of paradise. Tip: Bring something to do a picnic, lay on the grass, catch some sunrays and feel free.

Coffee with a view

Italy is famous for its lifestyle, its climate, its multicultural flair but especially for its delicious and worldwide well-known coffee. Once here in Italy you will be surprised of how good the italian coffee actaully tastes. It doesn’t matter if you have a small one or a big one or with milk or without, it just tastes too good in all the different forms and sizes. Here in Florence, there are a lot of coffee bars, often hidden in some secret spots or in special places like at the cathedral square where you can enjoy your coffee while looking at the fascinating Cathedral of Florence. Rooftop bars are also very loved by italians for having a cup of coffee. It should be on everyone’s bucketlist to enjoy a delicious coffee while having a fascinating view over the whole city, when spending some good time here in Florence. Feel life and enjoy the italian bella vita!!cid_16afd63c411f2efb4ea2

Scuola Toscana auf Entdeckungsreise im Haus Buonarroti

Wenn man an Florenz denkt, denkt man autmoatisch an den allbekannten Michelangelo, an seinen David, seine Gemälden und Skulpturen. Jedoch gibt es nur wenige, die das Museum “Casa Buonarroti” kennen. Eines der ausschlaggebendsden und interessantesten Museen in Florenz. Einige stellen sich jetzt klarerweisse die Frage, was dieses Museum wohl so Besonderes beinhaltet? Casa Buonarroti ist tatsächlich das ehemalige Haus des bezaubernden Künstlers Michelangelo Buonarroti. Ein Teil dieses Hauses wurde von seinem Urenkel in ein Museum verwandelt, welches natürlich Michelangelo gewidmet ist. Es beinhaltet zahlreiche Skulpturen und Werke von Michelangelo aber auch einige seines Urenkels und anderer bekannter Künstlern, wie zum Beispiel Werke von Artemisia Gentilleschi. Einer der Räume ist besonders und wird auch oft als Schatztruhe von Casa Buonarotti bezeichnet wird. Er beinhaltet zwei Marmorreliefs welche aus dem Jahr 1492 stammen. Diese waren Michelangelos ersten Werke, die er im Alter von 16 und 17 Jahren schuf. Eines dieser Werke, Madonna della Scala, war das allererste Werk Michelangelos und stellt die Jungfrau Maria mit Jesus als Neugeborenen dar. Das besondere daran ist, dass Michelangelo ,in seinem ersten Werk, Jesus als Neugeborenen darstellt . Hingegen stellt Michelangelo, in seinem letzten Werk, den Tot Jesus, als Pietà, dar. Dieses könnte den Lauf des Lebens darstellen, welcher auch auf das Leben Michelangelos übertragbar ist. Somit fängt Michelangelo in seinen ersten Kunstwerken mit Jesus als Neugeborenen an und hört am Ende seines Lebens mit dem Tod Jesus auf. Kommen auch Sie nach Florenz und begeben sich auf die geheimnissvollen Spuren Michelangelos, und lassen sich verzaubern von seinen beeindruckenden Kunstwerken.

La Ribollita, la ricetta toscana originale

La Ribollita è uno dei piatti più tipici della tradizione toscana: con la sua bontà vi scalderà il cuore e il palato.

 

ribollita

Conosciamo tutti la ribollita come piatto di recupero per eccellenza della tradizione culinaria toscana. Le origine di questa pietanza risalgono al medioevo quando i nobili erano soliti consumare le loro pietanze dentro a dei pani detti “mense”. Una volta terminato il pranzo, il pane avanzato veniva dato ai servi, che per sfamarsi lo univano alle loro povere verdure e lo facevano bollire, ottenendo una zuppa sostanziosa e saporita, una vera e propria antenata della ribollita! Ancora oggi questa ricetta fa parte della cucina casalinga, conosciuta e apprezzata in diverse varianti nella stessa regione che esprimono tradizioni familiari o usanze del luogo. In questa ricetta vi raccontiamo i nostri piccoli segreti per gustare al meglio questo comfort food di altri tempi. Attendete i primi freddi e concedetevi il tempo che serve per realizzare la ribollita, un piatto che non conosce fretta ma che vi ripagherà dell’attesa!

 

Ingredienti:

– 1 cavolo nero

– 1/2 cavolo verza

– 2 patate

– 2 carote

– 1 cipolla

– 10 pomodorini

– 2 zucchine

– 1 costa di sedano più le foglie

– 400 grammi di fagioli cannellini

– 1 barattolo di passata di pomodoro

– Olio extra vergine di oliva

– Pane toscano raffermo

 

Preparazione

Mettete a bagno i fagioli per una notte intera e poi fateli cuocere in una pentola di terracotta in acqua bollente.
In una grande padella, invece, fate soffriggere in olio extra vergine di oliva la cipolla tagliata a rondelle, aggiungete la carota tagliata a dadini e il sedano a tocchetti, poi lasciate imbiondire.
Dopo 5 minuti mettete i pomodorini tagliati a spicchi, condite con sale e pepe e fateli cuocere coperti per una decina di minuti a fuoco vivace.
Abbassate la fiamma e aggiungete le patate tagliate a dadini; dopo circa 10 minuti aggiungete il cavolo verza e il cavolo nero spezzatati.
Per ammorbidire il tutto potete usare l’acqua di cottura che state utilizzando per i fagioli.
Ora è il momento di mettere metà dei fagioli nella padella e, dopo un po’, anche le zucchine a pezzetti.
Con l’altra metà dei fagioli fate un purè e aggiungeteci la passata di pomodoro, poi lasciate che il composto si asciughi un po’ e, alla fine, unitelo alle verdure che avete cotto in padella.
A parte, nel frattempo, tagliate il pane raffermo a pezzettoni e fatelo arrostire in forno a 180° per 3 o 4 minuti.
Prendete un tegame di terra cotta e disponete i dadini di pane croccanti sul fondo.
Versateci sopra la verdura con il brodo e poi mettete un altro strato di crostini, aggiungete ancora verdura e brodo e condite con un filo d’olio extra vergine di oliva.

Servite la Ribollita toscana molto, molto calda!