Italian slang: Avere le mani bucate | Senza categoria

Italian slang: Avere le mani bucate

italian slang, italian language, italian language courses, italian learning in florenceThose who like shopping, and who end up at the end of a day without being able to remember how or where they spent all their money, have definitelly “le mani bucate”, which in English is translated as “they have holes in their hands”!

It is of course a slang, a colloquial expression used to define a person who spends a lot and easily, without being aware of it. Since this period in Florence we have sales, watch out for the holes in your hands! You could loose all your  money on clothes and accessories 🙂

The Italian language is full of colloquial expression, which can be well understood only by those who really know the language in all her forms – with the Italian language courses at Institute Galilei, you will have a personalized program created according to your interests and needs. Colloquial expressions and conversation can, on request, be studied and emphasized.

Italian slang: Avere le mani bucate | Senza categoria

Art history in Florence: Brunelleschi’s Dome

Would you like to know something more about the great wonderful Dome ideated by Brunelleschi? At the Opera del Duomo’s website, there’s a special section dedicated to this famous piece. After 15 years of hard work, finally all the ancient documents have been digitalized and can be consulted by anyone. Check the following link –

With the Institute Galilei’s art history courses, you will have the possibility to know the secret of Florence!

Italian slang: Avere le mani bucate | Senza categoria

Florentine curiosity: History of ice cream

A must for the Italian summertime (but also during the whole year),  Ice cream is well known all over the world, used in funny recipes and eaten by children as well as adults. Everyone likes it, because of its freshness and its many flavours; it can be done, in fact, with all kinds of cremes, fruits, and everything comes up to the ice-cream makers fantasy!

But when and how was it discovered?

The inventor of this delicious dessert is considered Bernardo Buontalenti, who – besides being an architect of wide fame – was also employed by the Medicis as a master of ceremony. Tradition has it that in the summer of 1565 there was a grand banquet for a delegation of Spanish diplomats. Buontalenti not only took care of the usual arrangements for the dining room, but he also  created a new dessert that left the Spanish guests astonsished: icecream. Buontalenti’s icecream (made with egg yolks, honey, milk, butter and a drop of sweet wine) was made possible thanks to the chemical expertise of this Renaissance man who discovered how to freeze fat ingredients such as milk, butter and eggs. Needless to say, word of the new creation soon spread all over Europe.

Nowadays, you can still find his original ice cream recipe in the ice cream shops of Florence; the name its the same as the inventor’s one: Buontalenti Cream. Don’t miss it!

Florence and the Florentine hide funny and interesting stories; discover it with the Institute Galilei’ s History of Florence courses!