Stories of Italy

You're going to love what you'll learn!

A Look Around

The scenery in Italy is beautiful! In the fall the trees are orange, brown, and yellow. The rolling hills show off the colorful trees and old towns. When you walk into a town in Italy you'll see old brick and mortar buildings. The buildings look rustic and ancient. Italy is a very old fashioned nation. Photographs are perfect for this vacation. If you ever wonder what it's like to spend a week or a few days in a old fashioned area, Italy is your place. Looking around might even remind you of the past without electricity and all the fancy things we have today. When you go on a hike you might see pretty, natural creek beds and rock platforms. Photographers, this might be the best place to take pictures, people will be begging for your backdrop pictures. Take a look at all the special things that nature does for us.

Why Italy?

Why should you chose Italy as a vacation other than Florida or Arkansas? Italy is very old fashioned and is known for their food. Florida is rather newer and has water parks, sports, and is known for the ocean. Italy is like a living museum and is relatively small. Florida's baseball team is the Tampa Bay Rays, which many Americans root for, and have water parks like SeaWorld. Then Italy has soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and many others. In 2006 Italy won the FIFA World Cup! Florida's Tampa Bay Rays have not won the World Series yet. Italy is relatively small and is easy to get around. Florida has bigger cities and normally people only see one city in Florida. It is cheaper to go to Florida but still, which place would you rather go to?

Tiramisu Wonders

Ingredients:

- 3 tablespoons of instant espresso powder

- 1 bar (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese

- 3/4 cup heavy cream

1/3 cup sugar

- 2 packages (3 ounces each) soft ladyfingers

- Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting

Directions:

1. In medium bowl, mix espresso powder with 3 tablespoons boiling water until dissolved. Add 11/2 cups of cold water; set aside.

2. With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese with heavy cream and sugar until light and fluffy.

3. Spread a few tablespoons of cream cheese mixture in bottom of a 2 quart serving dish. Separate ladyfingers. One by one, dip a third of ladyfingers in espresso, then arrange in bottom of dish. Spread with a third of cream cheese mixture. Repeat twice with remaining ladyfingers, espresso, and cream cheese mixture (can be refrigerated, covered, up to 1 day).

4. Dust with cocoa just before serving.

5. Enioy!!!!!!!!!

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The Problem with the Weather

In Italy it's really really wet. The summer is the wettest part of the year. In the winter the weather really cold. Most people just wear ponchos or bring umbrellas with them if they want to go somewhere and it's rainy.

Some things you could do if you were stuck in an Italian rainy day is visit museums, art galleries, and exhibitions, find and check out covered markets, watch a movie, and take a cooking class. You could also run in the rain! What's wrong with that?!

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Farming in Italy

The land in Italy is nice and fertile. Farmers have to a lot of space to farm their grapes. In Italy farmers farm grapes, olives and raise cattle and sheep. To grow grapes is hard work. You need fertile land, and a patience mind. Planting grapes is different from planting corn and other crops because grapes take long long fields, much patience, and good fertile fields. If you don't do these things for your vineyards, your plants will wither and die.

Glossary

Ladyfinger - small, finger-shaped sponge cake

Poncho- blanket like coat with a hole at the top for the head, often worn as a raincoat.

Tiramisu- an Italian dessert with coffee and layers of sponge cake alternating with cheese and chocolate.

Vineyards- a plantation of grapevines, especially one producing grapes for wine making.

Brick and Mortar- a mixture of lime or cement or a combination of both sand and water, used as a bonding agent between bricks, stones, etc.

Nation- a large body of people, associated with a particular territory, that is sufficiently conscious of its unity to seek or to possess a government peculiarly its own.

Rustic- (of stonework) having the surfaces rough or irregular and the joints sunken or beveled.

QUIZ TIME!!!!

  1. What is a ladyfinger?
  2. What does it take to plant grapes.
  3. What are some things you could do if your stuck in a Italian rainy day?
  4. When did Italy win the FIFA World Cup?
  5. What does brick and mortar mean?
  6. What does Belladonna mean in Italian?
  7. What are some sports that Italy has?
  8. What is the name of Florida's baseball team?
  9. What are the towns like in Italy?
  10. Is it cheaper to go to Florida for vacation?