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The regions of Italy: part 1

The regions of Italy: part 1

In our new four-part series, Chiara Mereghetti takes us on a fact-packed tour of Italy’s 20 regions.

Keep an eye out for part two, coming soon. If your translations can’t wait that long, send us an email, request a non-binding quote, or book an appointment to talk with us. We look forward to hearing from you!


Now that we can see the light at the end of the COVID tunnel, thoughts of summer travel come bubbling up like the fizz in a glass of Prosecco enjoyed on the Italian Riviera. Whether you’re pondering your next travel destination or have already booked a flight, join us on a four-part trip through the 20 regions of Italy.


Did you know…? This region is home to the city of Magenta*, the city that gave the color its name. Unfortunately, the history of that naming is not as pretty as the color itself: The Battle of Magenta took place in 1859 during the Second Italian War of Independence and led to a decisive victory for the French and Sardinians over the Austrians. To celebrate, two scientists named their recently invented color after the city where the battle was won.

Speaking of… The local saying La buca l’è minga straca se la sa nò de vaca translates as “The mouth isn’t tired until it tastes the cow.”** Say this the next time you sit down for a meal that lacks dairy products.


Did you know…? Magica De Spell from the Donald Duck universe lives in this region, specifically on Mount Vesuvius. Carl Barks modeled the character after Italian actress Sophia Loren.

Speaking of… The local saying Chi te vo‘ bene chiù d‘‘a mamma te ‘nganna translates as “Whoever says they love you more than your mother does is lying.” Because a mother’s love can’t be beat.


Did you know…? The city of Rome is in Lazio. Rome has more fountains than any city in the world. Its most famous fountain, Trevi, collects approximately €1.4 million in coins each year from wishful visitors.

Speaking of… The local saying Becca ‘sti spicci! translates as “Take these coins!” and is said when someone accomplishes a difficult task.


Did you know…? This region is rich with history. The first parliament in the world was established here in 1130, and as of 2019, 7 of Italy’s 55 UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located in Sicily, more than you’ll find in any other region. At 1,3000 hectares, the archeological area of Agrigento is the largest excavation site of its kind, and for the largest protected marine area in Europe, sail by the Aegadian Islands off Sicily’s coast.

Speaking of… The local saying Carni fa carni, pani fa panza, vinu fa danza translates as “Meat makes meat, bread makes bread, and wine makes you dance.” Say this when you want to warn your fellow partygoers what to expect after you’ve had a glass of Primitivo.


Did you know…? Don’t worry, we won’t mention Venice here. Instead, we’ll set a course for the city of Padua. In 1678, Elena Cornaro Piscopia became the first woman to earn a doctoral degree of any kind (Doctor of Philosophy) and achieved this at the University of Padua, founded in 1222. Padua is also the home of the aperitif Aperol.

Speaking of… The local saying L’acqua marssisse i pài! translates as “Water rots the rods,” said when you want to teas a friend who asks for water when everyone else is drinking alcohol.


*That’s my city!

**We Lombards love all things dairy!

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