Few words in Italian
Below few words in Italian that you can use while visiting Switzerland.
Waiter / Waitress! - Cameriere/ Cameriera, per favore!
May I have the menu, please? - Potrei avere il menu, per favore?
Do you have a set menu / local specialities? - Avete un menu fisso/ delle specialità locali?
What do you recommend? - Cosa mi raccomanderebbe?
Do you have vegetarian dishes? - Avete dei piatti vegetariani?
bread - pane
butter - burro
cheese - formaggio
coffee - caffè
cream - panna (montata)
ice cream - gelato
lemon - limone
milk - latte
mineral water - acqua minerale
mustard - senape
pepper - pepe
salad - insalata
salt - sale
sugar - zucchero
tea - tè
yes/no - si/ no
please / thank you - per favore/ grazie
good morning - Buongiorno
good afternoon - Buon pomeriggio
good evening - Buona sera
good night - Buona notte
good-bye - Arrivederci
excuse me - mi scusi
you're welcome - prego
how long / how far - per quanto tempo/ quanto è lontano
yesterday / today / tomorrow - ieri/ oggi/ domani
day / week / month / year - giorno/ settimana/ mese / anno
left / right - sinistra/ destra
up / down - su/ giù
good / bad - buono/ cattivo
big / small - grande/ piccolo
cheap / expensive - economico/ caro
hot / cold - caldo/ freddo
open / closed - aperto / chiuso
free/ occupied - libero / occupato
early / late - presto/ tardi
Does anyone here speak English? - Qualcuno qui parla inglese?
I don't speak (much) Italian. - Non parlo l'italiano/ molto italiano.
Could you repeat that? - Per favore, potrebbe ripetere?
Could you spell it? - Per favore, potrebbe fare lo spelling?
Can you translate this for me / us? - Potrebbe tradurre questo per me/ per noi?
What does this mean? - Che cosa vuol dire?
I don't understand. - Non capisco.
How much is that? - Quanto costa?
Does this bus / train stop at ... ? - Questo autobus/treno ferma a...?
Monday - lunedì
Tuesday - martedì
Wednesday - mercoledì
Thursday - giovedì
Friday - venerdì
Saturday - sabato
Sunday - domenica
The Sanctuary of Madonna del Sasso
The sanctuary is named after the Virgin Mary, which is said to have appeared at this very same spot in a vision of the Monk Bartolomeo d'Ivrea in 1480, is overlooking the charming town of Locarno. The sanctuary regroups a small museum, a church and a lot of statues on its way. In addition it has many nice paintings such as the Virgin Mary or the boat escape of the Egyptians all dating from the 15th century. The sanctuary itself is a 20 minute walk from Locarno's town center through a pathway called the Via Crucis or is reached within a few minutes using the funicular.
Locarno, the Lady of the Camellias is one of the most famous town of South Switzerland at the lake of Maggia. Palms are growing here ,no wonder, the area owns the mildest climate of the country. Popular to its Sanctuary of Madonna del Sasso that dominates uphill and the yearly International Film Festival . The city has been an important tourist destination for over a century. There are numerous excursions up the valleys and around the lake.
The lake and its beach resort is of course, a great area to spend a while or for those who have enough time, just sit and relax in one of the restos.
I finally feel like a local here, thanks to the floods. I had always wondered how northern people can recognise different types of snow... now, on my 3rd flooding here, I know for sure how they can.
The day it started to rain before this floods, I just knew we would be underwater... somehow it wasn't the usual rain. Everyone else felt it, too - and we were not wrong. It just takes some experience: in this case 3 floods.
Having said this, Locarno floods so very often that everyone's quite prepared: damages are only to buildings and roads, but people know what to do and are never harmed.
We have reached the stage that we love our periodical floods: if they have been really bad and the main square turns into a pond, we sort out our rubber dinghies, windsurfs, kayaks and diving equipment, and we head out for some serious fun.
if you ever happen to be here during the next flood, don't despair: you'll really have the time of your life - our joy is contagious
board only barefooted or with rubber wellingtons
home sweet home... a makeshift passage... neat, eh?
water knows no boundaries... photo taken on my way to work
reclain the streets: give it back to the swans and the ducks. No fishes yet, but it's just a matter of hours
cityscape: lovely reflections in the centre.
i often sit here on my way home from work...
a "serious" passageway to get people home...