Once you get to the grocery store register in Italy…

Once you get to the grocery store register in Italy...

Photo by Francesca Tosolini

At the cash register, there is no one helping you place your groceries in the bags; you have to do it yourself. Also, don’t expect help carrying bags to your car; there is no such a service in Italy.
PS: Can you tell we love yogurt??

{This is an excerpt from chapter 5 “Stores” of the eBook “Italy from the Inside. A native Italian reveals the secrets of traveling in Italy”}

Italian churches offering services in English

Italian churches with English mass- Italy from the Inside

Photo by Francesca Tosolini

These Catholic churches offer services in English:

Florence: Duomo of Florence. Every Saturday (sabato) at 5pm. Piazza del Duomo.
Rome: Church of Santa Susanna (American National Church), Via XX Settembre 15.

Some non-Catholic churches also offer services in English:

Florence: St. James Church (American Episcopal), Via B. Rucellai 9.
Florence: St. Mark’s English Church (Anglican), Via Maggio 16.
Rome: All Saints Church (Anglican), Via del Babuino 153.
Rome: St. Andrew’s Church (Presbyterian), Via XX Settembre 7.
Rome: Rome Baptist Church, Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina 35.
Rome: Ponte Sant’Angelo Methodist Church, Via del Banco di Santo Spirito 3.
Venice: St. George’s Church (Anglican), Dorsoduro, Campo San Vio 870.
Venice: Lutheran Evangelical Church, Cannaregio, Campo SS. Apostoli 4443.
Milan: Anglican Church of All Saints, Via Solferino 12.
Naples: Anglican Church, Via San Pasquale 18.

{This is an excerpt from chapter 7 “Churches and museums” of the eBook “Italy from the Inside. A native Italian reveals the secrets of traveling in Italy”}

Treasure hunting in Florence

Clet Abraham Florence- Italy from the Inside

Photo by Francesca Tosolini

One summer day, I was happily walking on the streets of Florence with my son Alessio, who was 10 at that time, when he suddenly yelled “Mom, look!”, while pointing at the same time to a no-entry road sign on which someone had drawn a black pooping pigeon. We laughed, took a photo and moved on, thinking it was a funny joke. However, a few minutes later we saw another sign that had been modified, and then another one, and another one. At that point, our simple tourist walk became an exciting treasure hunt and, at the end of the day, we were able to find more than twenty crazy, hilarious and creative road signs. I later learned that they all come from the artistic mind of Clet Abraham, a French artist who has been living in Italy for the past twenty years. The next time you go to Florence, look around and, I can assure you, you will have a lot of fun, with or without kids!

{On chapter 2 “Driving in Italy” of the eBook “Italy from the Inside. A native Italian reveals the secrets of traveling in Italy” you can see many more signs by French artist Clet Abraham}