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 four, 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!
Did you know…? Italians from other regions make all kinds of jokes about the relationship between Sardinians and their sheep. But behind all fiction lies some fact: The island is home to 1.6 million people and 3 million sheep.
Speaking of… The local saying Mùtziga surda, or “A deaf sheep with its ears cut off,” refers to someone who seems nice but talks bad about everyone behind their back.
Did you know…? The first jeans were made in Genoa. This particular cotton weave was originally used to make sails and later also the sailors’ pants. The word “jeans” even comes from Gênes, the French word Genoa.
Did you know…? Ancona, the region’s capital, lies on the mainland. But thanks to its unique position on a north-pointing peninsula, Ancona’s sun rises and sets on the water.
Speaking of… The local saying Porti la capoccia pe spartì le ‘recchie translates as “The only thing your head does is split your ears,” and describes someone who is dumb.
Did you know…? With three national parks, one regional park, 38 nature reserves and a maritime reserve of 38 square kilometers, Abruzzo is considered one of the greenest regions in Europe. For that reason, Abruzzo not only is home to a rich biodiversity, but also the most medicinal plants in Italy and perhaps also the whole of Europe.
Speaking of… The local saying Hij menéte a ‘remurè li cannêle, or “You came to blow out the candles,” is said to someone who has arrived too late. This refers to blowing out the candles at the end of a church service.
Did you know…? In 1995, Guinness World Records named Trieste’s Grotta Gigante, or “giant cave,” the world’s largest show cave, with a central cavern that is 107 meters high, 65 meters wide, and 130 meters long. Equally famous, if not equally adored, is the regional bora wind, which can achieve gusts of up to 250 kilometers an hour.
Speaking of… The local saying Il vin al dà fuarce ae lenghe e la cjol aes gjambis translates as “Wine strengthens the tongue and weakens the legs.”
*Although I would recommend the focaccia over the soup…