When I was a little boy we lived with my grandparents, my mother’s parents.
They came to American from Napoli. My father’s parent came from Castellammare del Golfo , Sicily.
About seven years ago I decided to study Italian. I was going to Italy for the first time. I bought some Italian Language CD’s. I couldn’t believe that I was hearing Italian! I came to realize that what I spoke as a child was dialect, Neapolitan and Sicilian.
I wanted to learn how to read write and speak Italian. I started to watch Italian moves so I could hear people speak, that helped a little but sometimes they talked so fast I couldn’t get what they were saying.
I went hunting around on the internet and lucky for me I found Emanuele Venditti (Founder & Italian Language Coach) and his Italy Made Easy on line Italian Language School.
Emanuele offers on line lessons, video’s, group on line lessons and more!
During my first tip to Italy I went to Rome and Castellammare del Golfo;Sicily.
In Castellammare I was able to find a church that had my grandmothers birth records and her former address. One of the ladies I met there, took me to see where my grandmother had lived. My trip was so much better because I could speak some Italian.
I’ve returned to Italy each year since then. I love it there. Last September I was walking down a street in Napoli and a man, speaking Italian, asked me for directions! I was able to understand him and give him directions.
The more I learn the more satisfying my trips to Italy have become!
Trevi Fountain, Italian Fontana di Trevi, fountain in Rome that is considered a late Baroque masterpiece and is arguably the best known of the city’s numerous fountains. It was designed by Nicola Salvi and completed by Giuseppe Pannini in 1762. According to legend, those who toss coins into its waters will return to Rome.
Castellammare del Golfo (Sicilian: Casteddammari; Latin: Emporium Segestanorum / Emporium Aegestensium) is a town and Municipality in the Trapani Province of Sicily. The name can be translated as “Sea Fortress on the Gulf”, stemming from the medieval fortress in the harbor. The nearby body of water conversely takes its name from the town, and is known as Gulf of Castellammare.