Easter in Italy and the meaning of the Italian word Pasqua

Happy Easter from the Verbalists Language Network

The Celebration of Pasqua in Italy

Festivities across Italy typically begin on Good Friday with church service attendance and continue through Easter Monday, or Pasquetta. A popular Italian proverb dictates, “Natale con I tuoi, e Pasqua con chi vuoi,” or, “Spend Christmas with your family, and Easter with whomever you like.” While many continue to spend Easter with their family, more and more extend the celebrations to friends.


The spectacular Venetian regatta – Regata Storica

This Sunday, Venice’s Grand Canal will be transported back to its glorious past at the Regata Storica, the main event in the annual “Voga alla Veneta” rowing calendar. 16th-Century-style boats carry local dignitaries along the Grand Canal surrounded by gondoliers in colourful period costumes, followed by four boat races.


Every first Sunday in September, the spectacular Regata Storica parades down the Grand Canal

Every first Sunday in September, the spectacular Regata Storica parades down the Grand Canal, the main waterway in Venice.  The Regata Storica is one of the great Italian traditions that has deep roots in Venice’s history.

This unique sport has been practised in the Venetian lagoon for thousands of years and today it is particularly well-known for the spectacular historical water pageant that precedes the race. An unforgettable sight and a true reconstruction of the glorious past of one of most the powerful and influential Maritime Republics in the Mediterranean. Check out our favourite photos of the water pageant.

The Venetian regatta has always consisted of various races with different kinds of boat (originally these included galleys, peatoni, and barges, as well as lighter boats rowed by two or more oarsmen). The historical water festival departs from Punta della Dogana, and includes several typical 16th century boats rowing down the Canal with the Doge, his wife, and dignitaries dressed in period costume. After the pageant and in keeping with the ancient Venice seafaring tradition, follows a series of regatta races divided into categories by age, gender and boat typology.  The last race is the speed race, campionissimi or great champioins’ on twin-oared gondolini, the most anticipated race and unique in the world.  To purchase tickets for this annual event, visit www.regatastoricavenezia.it.

Beautiful and Romantic Lake Orta

Lake Orta

Lake Orta (Italian: Lago d’Orta) is a lake in northern Italy west of Lake Maggiore. It has been so named since the 16th century, but was previously called the Lago di San Giulio, after Saint Julius (4th century), the patron saint of the region. READ MORE

A Visit to the Masterpiece-packed Uffizi Gallery (VIDEO)

Uffizi Gallery and famous Ponte Vecchio bridge

The Uffizi Gallery is a museum in Florence, Italy. It is one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the Western world. Building of the palace was begun by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de’ Medici as the offices for the Florentine magistrates—hence the name “uffizi” (“offices”).

No trip to Florence is complete without a visit to the masterpiece-packed Uffizi Gallery. On a single floor, travelers experience a thrilling sweep through art history, spanning the 12th through the 17th centuries. In high season (particularly in July), waiting times can be up to five hours. Visitors who reserve a ticket in advance have a substantially shorter wait.

The language network’s most traveled member Rick Steves takes us on a tour through the Uffizi Gallery.


Italian Language Courses in Italy – Rome

Language courses in Rome - La mia Roma, Verbalisti

Our long experience of working with students of all ages and coming from every corner of the world tells us that one of the main reasons for our students to enroll in language courses in Italy is to experience various aspects of that nation’s amazing culture (art, architecture, fashion, gastronomy, cinema, etc.). Verbalists’ program La mia ROMA is ideal for those who want to experience Italian life and culture but whose main objective is to improve their Italian. This program is both fun and educational!


Italian Language Courses for Your Roman Holiday

Spanish stairs in Rome, Verbalists

Our partner and famous traveler Rick Steves meets one of his tour guides, Francesca, for Rome’s ritual evening stroll — the passeggiata — on a walk that laces together its top after-dark hotspots. After the sun sets, the city cools down and the illuminated streets, squares and monuments take on another personality. This is people-watching at its best. READ MORE