A'ndrea, I was born in Northern Italy in the late fifties and since then I'm living here.
Precisely I'm from Bologna, home of the world first university, a "twin towered" - thank God Osama dosn't know... - mid size medieval town.
We're in the "Italian Motor Valley" (Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, De Tomaso and Ducati).
I live in these neighbours since my birth; here I studied and work. My parents and their families were too from this land since one can remember, and so is my wife and so were her families.
Surely this is MY LAND. Here, one can tell people living in another town (even just ten miles away) from their dialect.
I'm not bad here, and because of my work I sometimes need to go up and down Italy. This allowed me to see many towns and places and to realize that there are some real differences between Northern and Southern Italy (but talking about that would be too long and unuseful).
As you can imagine, sometimes it can sound boring
having stayed, stay and have to stay all life long in the same "square mile".
My wife and me try to open our minds and perspectives, so we send our sons each summer to camps somewhere in Italy and abroad.
Please excuse my English, I hadn't it any longer in my school program from the age of 15 (therein I had otherwise greek and latin).
Since then I've just listened to music from USA and UK ... I remember I learned by heart the whole Jesus Christ Superstar Soundtrack.
With SAT TV I started caring of German, French and Spanish too (the last two are fortunately somehow much closer to my dialect, because of french and spanish "presence" while Bologna was part of the Pope Kingdom until 1860).
Hope I'll be useful to you all (or should I say "yawl"?
) about Italy and Italian stuff.
Ciao a tutti: here's 0.40 PM on Saturday May 05, 2007.