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Capturing Italy

Ciao amici! Hi friends! I’m excited to unveil a new series called “Capturing Italy”. This is a quick post featuring a photo or two capturing the character, spirit, or essence of Italy, combined with some Italian vocabulary related to the photo. A sort of visual, bilingual word association.

But guys, ragazzi, I need your help (or at the very least, your photos)! If you’d like to contribute a picture, please email me at prayersandpiazzas(at)gmail(dot)com, or send me a private message via the Prayers and Piazzas Facebook page, for more details.

To launch this post series, I share with you one of my favorites from a couple of years back:


The luckiest gatto in the world

As I rushed to get my camera at the Boboli Gardens in Florence, I remember thinking that this cat was the luckiest cat in the world, without any idea of its good fortune, living in the shadow of the Duomo.

Parole Italiane (Italian Words)

  • Un gatto = cat
  • Un gatto grigio e bianco = a grey and white cat
  • Che fortuna! = what luck!
  • Firenze = Florence
  • Una citta` bella = a beautiful city
  • Un giardino = a garden
  • Una chiesa = a church
  • Un duomo, una cattedrale = a cathedral

Fun fact: The true name of Florence’s breathtaking Duomo, is as it’s commonly know, is actually La Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, Saint Mary of the Flower. For a great read on the construction of the Duomo, and a fantastic account on life in Renaissance Florence, I recommend Brunelleschi’s Dome by Ross King.

Ci vediamo presto, ragazzi! See you soon, guys!

6 thoughts on “Capturing Italy

  1. I’m not sure how to share a photo on this blog, but I could send you a photo on your e-mail or Facebook, and maybe you (or Jared!) could post it, from our Italy trip 3 yrs. ago.
    I am trying to learn a little Italian, and sometimes Lucia sends me a message in English, followed by its translation in Italian, so I can learn some grammar and vocabulary.


  2. I’m sitting in my family room on this peaceful morning having a cup of coffee and opened up your incredible blog. I always new you were a beautiful writer and this blog is sure proof . It is overwhelming to me because I am so bad at it. I remember standing at that wall while you captured the picture of the “gatto” with the Duomo in the background. I love you and am so proud of you and all of your accomplishments.

    And, of course, my grandchildren ( your children) are the most perfect children I know. I look forward to your next blog. Ciao Bella


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