Bellini and The Norma: taste and culture

Who has never listened to “Casta Diva”, possibly performed by the Greek soprano Maria Callas? Well, this famous composition is taken from the most popular work of Vincenzo Bellini, well-known composer from Catania, to whom, in his city are dedicated the Teatro Comunale, the Villa Comunale, the Airport and the “Istituto superiore di Studi musicali di alta formazione”. Vincenzo Bellini was born in Catania in the 1801; after obtaining a subsidy from the Intendente of Vallo (indeed, his family was … Read More

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The Roman Theatre of Catania

One could hardly imagine that in via Vittorio Emanuele, one of the main streets of Catania, stands a Roman theatre built in the first century A.D. on a pre-existing Greek structure from the fourth century B.C.  The theatre for its structure – in part perfectly preserved and not visible from the street – leaves stunned both the tourists and the citizens of Catania. The Roman theatre is located above the southern slopes of the Montevergine hill, which became the location … Read More

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Benedictine Monastery

I think that few people haven’t heard about the fame and glory of the Benedictine Monastery. Heritage of the UNESCO since 2002, the Benedictine Monastery, “jewel of the late Sicilian baroque”, is the second largest monastic complex in Europe and, since 1977, hosts the “DiSUM”, the Humanities Department of the University of Catania. So let’s get more inside into the history of this small, so to say, local pearl. The first stone was placed in 1558, when the Benedictine monks … Read More

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Italian Sounds – phonetics

Italian sounds can be hard, words seems strange and difficult to write, here you have an easy way to learn these sounds and learn how to write well Italian. In this list you can see how words canbe pronounced: Letter C changes depending on which vowel comes after: / Ka/  /Ko/  /ku/ CA – CO – CU CASA – CAPO – CALZE Comodo-COLLANA- COMPAGNO CUCINA-CULTURA- CURRICULUM / ʧ / CI  – CE CIBO-  CIPOLLA – FACILE CENTO – NOCE- CELLULARE /ki/ … Read More

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Milena’s Experience

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SICILIA OFF ROAD Posti meravigliosi, panorami mozzafiato Ho deciso di venire a Catania perché mi sono laureata in lingue straniere a Varsavia. A Catania ho partecipato al programma Erasmus + traineeship postlaurea. Ho scelto questa scuola basandomi sulle recensioni che avevo trovate su Internet e non mi pentirei mai. Il mio parere sulla scuola Federico II La scuola è ubicata nel pieno centro storico. Le insegnanti sono tutte bravissime, ti danno sempre una mano se ne hai bisogno. Le  lezioni … Read More

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