How to Learn Languages when Traveling

Language is a barrier for vacationers especially when English is not the means of communication. Surely, there will be a deluge of questions arising from their minds. There are some easy ways of learning languages when traveling. It is not possible to learn a language in a day or week, but it is easy to speak some common phrases related to shopping, business, and society. Use of a few phrases may be seen in tourist spots and it is possible to get to know them.

You may kick start learning languages while transit by the following ways. Confidence is only essential for undertaking them effectively.

Seek Online and App Tools

There are some language-learning apps and websites that really help practicing the local language when traveling. Some are freebies that enable learning with an online tutor or slides. You may use social media to get assistance from others to learn languages. With these kinds of technology tools, there is no need to go for classes or search tutors.

Read Linguist Books

Linguist books are like your friends to learn many languages with correct accent and syllables. When you start practicing, it is possible to learn at least some common phrases in usage. You may also read resources from ebooks or Kindle for your pocket use while transit.

Start Your Own Lessons for the Itinerary

Plan your lessons progressively for the days of the itinerary. For instance, you may learn greetings for day 1, location-based questions for day 2, responses for the questions for day 3, and so on.

Some common greetings are as follows: hi; good morning/noon/night; thank you; yes; no; please; sorry; how are you?

Some common location-based questions are as follows:

  1. How to get to this destination?
  2. How long does it take to reach?
  3. Where is the bus stop?
  4. How much it costs?
  5. Where is it (the item in a shop)?

Step into Places of Native Speakers

If you are into places where there is a majority of native speakers and visitors are greeted, learning the local language becomes easy. An example for this is Salento Steakhouse, a restaurant mostly visited for Spanish speakers. There chefs with bilingual skills converse with non-Spanish visitors in English. The ambience is perfect to listen to others speaking the native language. Understand the meaning of their sentences by grasping keywords instead of analyzing the whole.

Join Tourist Groups

Traveling in groups with a guide knowing the local language provides a great opportunity to learn foreign languages while traveling. There are many advantages of joining tourist groups. First, you get the proper direction from that guide for getting to destinations, stay, food, and all other queries related to tourism. Second, you will communicate with others for practicing the language. Third, you will get the best of information with a wide category of phrases or sentences in that language.

Ask Your Linguist Friend

Whether a linguist friend is traveling along with you or a new local friend, you can practice the language of the destination to a comfortable level. As more one-to-one interaction in that language is achieved, you can improve the linguistic skills by expanding the horizon.

Noventa: an itinerary between villas and nature

Noventa is a small town in the Veneto region that is only a few kilometers from Treviso and Venice, but it is not only because of the proximity to these two beautiful cities that I speak of it, but for the beauties it contains, fascinating villas and nature itineraries are just two of the many reasons to visit it.

What are the 5 most beautiful things to see, to explore and especially that I recommend visiting in Noventa?

Villa Lucatello

The villas here in Veneto appear as mirages almost everywhere. Villa Lucatello, in elegant composite style is a testimony. I stopped for a long time to observe it, imagining people dressed in clothes from other times that flocked to the villa for the dance, are the renaissance elements that characterize it to have made my dreams fly in times past.

How to get to the villa: indications from GoogleMap

The river park

The river park is located in an area where until the eleventh century there was a port founded by the Venetians, a place rich in history that intertwines with a fascinating nature. Stroll along the Piave near its mouth, where the waters of the river slow down is exciting in any season. I visited the park in the fall and the shades of the thousand leaves that changed color at that time had created a very impressive colorful carpet.

Villa Ca’Zorzi

It is interesting to know the story, it is beautiful to see. In this nineteenth-century villa lived the famous poet and essayist Giacomo Ca’Zorzi, known by his nickname Giacomo Noventa. The building is located right in the center of the city and from the large green space that surrounds it you can also admire its beautiful barchessa.

How to get to the villa: indications from GoogleMap

The Bridge of boats

Going along the provincial road to Fossalta di Piave you get to the Piave river where you have to pass over the characteristic bridge of boats to get over it. When I crossed it I was amazed that floating bridges like this could still exist.

Very beautiful the surrounding landscape and if you like photography, this is a spot that I recommend especially at sunset when the dim light accompanies the placid movement of the river.

Church of San Mauro Martire

This church is very beautiful and worthy of a visit, even if only for the valuable decorations of its interiors or for the unique hedge that surrounds it. It is located in the central square of Noventa and its bell tower in the area is second only to that of San Marco. It is visible already in the distance but it is when you are in front of it that you can fully enjoy its majesty.

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Where to sleep

As I told you, Noventa as well as having a lot to offer is also a starting point for exploring the surrounding area. I found great offers for renting apartments on Noventa Apartments . Using one of these apartments as a base, I visited Venice, wandering through streets and canals and Treviso, with typical tastes and flavors, itineraries of a region that always amazes me for all it has to offer.

Bari in the fall

Bari at the end of October, as well as Puglia can welcome you with an almost summer sun or with a storm in true autumn mood, of those that leave the sky cloudy for days and the pouring rain falls interrupted.

Bari was really gray for me; upon arrival in the city, to welcome me, there was strong wind, a great storm and a gloomy climate. But, fortunately, the city can offer travelers a series of views, stories and typical dishes that will make you forget the lack of sun and heat .A means to take a short ride, see the most characteristic corners, hear passionate tales and make some tastes is to climb on “BARI CITY TOUR” a characteristic train that leaves from the Port of Bari or from the San Nicola Pier . Just that of the fish market, the blue gozzi and the “Cringhito” temple of street food and Peroni beer.

# OLD BARI

A guide from the Department of Tourism of the Province of Bari has accompanied me to discover the treasures of Bari , the capital of Puglia from the Adriatic Sea and a city famous in the world for the relics of St. Nicholas preserved in the Basilica of the same name; legend has it that this important place of worship was built to conceal the Holy Grail.

The tour starts right from the Basilica dedicated to the Saint to continue in the narrow streets and characteristics of the old city in search of the Cathedral of San Sabino and Castello Svevo,  Largo Albicocca and the road where women produce handmade the famous orecchiette. On the outskirts of this alley  are the women who prepare the famous orecchiette on the spianatoiarmed only with water, semolina and knives, the houses are leaning against each other and at each corner there are churches, monuments and views to photograph. Here you breathe a steady atmosphere in time, in a place where everyone knows each other and the scents of the kitchens mix with the sea breeze. This is also the place where travelers can also stop to hear the stories of women and try to pack the orecchiette by hand. I assure you that it is really a super local experience that you will like very much.

Afterwards there was a short stop for a free tasting of some of the delicious products of Bari’s gastronomy ; including dried tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil and a very delicate and intense Apulian wine.

And my tour ended, always on board the train, after a brief stop near the famous Petruzzelli Theater, Piazza Mercantile, at the Column of Justice, a few steps from the port.

# IN THE KITCHEN

At this point I had only to find a place just for lunch and to taste one of the true local specialties; rice potatoes and mussels. 

As we all know, variety is one of the most distinctive traits of Apulian cuisine, in which seemingly different ingredients and flavors meet to create dishes with a unique taste. The famous “Tiella Barese”, also known as “rice, potatoes and mussels”, is the clear and tasty proof of this . It is a soup cooked in the oven in which tastes of land and sea meet: the ingredients are superimposed raw in a pan – in the vernacular “Tiella”, precisely – and are cooked with water added later to bake everything for a minimum of 45 minutes. All the inns in the city offer it. I recommend you ask the locals where you eat better and avoid the classic tourist traps in the dock area.

What to see in Venice of particular

If you visit Venice for the first time there are high-light that you can not absolutely miss, the enchantment of the lagoon, glimpses and buildings made famous and immortalized in the films of the films. For a classic stroll around the city, I refer you to an article in the Expedia Discover magazine , with some practical suggestions. For your second time in the city, however, I have some tips to rediscover it and relive it under new points of view.

Walking for miles I’m lost in the streets and canals discovering the authenticity of the Venetian step by step.

See the sunset in Venice from the Fondamenta delle Zattere

Located at the southern edge of the city of Venice, this foundation (sidewalk section that runs along a canal) is entirely exposed to the south and therefore very sunny. Especially in spring, but not only, it is here that the few Venetians still in the city are still walking.

The Fondamenta delle Zattere is quiet and livable, there are many bars and clubs in the area with tables outside, perfect spots to sit and wait for the sunset enjoying the view of the canal between the passing boats, perhaps sipping the famous aperitif cult of Venice: the Spritz.

On the other side of the homonymous canal is the Giudecca island, once full of vegetable gardens and gardens, today it is an enchanting place to visit, where few tourists venture, who knows why.

“Here it is easy to fall in love with Venice, when the warm lights of the sunset create unique and original atmospheres”.

Here’s how to get to the Fondamenta delle Zattere with Google Map .

A Venice to explore

More than a city, Venice will seem like a labyrinth. Easy to get lost in the narrow streets and canals but in doing so you will discover corners never mentioned in tourist guides, photogenic panoramas waiting to be seen and experienced.

Perhaps not everyone knows that Venice is the first and therefore the oldest ghetto in the world: in 2016 the Jewish Ghetto celebrated its 500th anniversary. Deviating through secondary alleyways, away from the tourist crowd and passing a portico that borders the entrance, you are suddenly immersed in the silence of Campo del Ghetto Nuovo where there is the red bench: the only pawnshop in Venice, last testimony of a world now lost.

“Wandering between the Ghetto and the Cannaregio district means immersing yourself in another Venice where you can hear the ticking of your steps echoing through the streets”.

Venice from above

Venice grants to be admired from various points of view: from bridges and canals, from sidewalks and boats, but if you want to be amazed, you have to aim high.

The beautiful Scala Contarini del Bovolo is certainly a masterpiece of architecture, for 5 Euro you will climb the spiral staircase, where you will open a beautiful view over the rooftops of Venice.

But the best view can be enjoyed from the bell tower of San Marco, where you can admire from around one hundred meters the Island of San Giorgio , the underlying Piazza San Marco and, if it will be a day without haze, the eye will manage to reach the mountains that in the distance frame the landscape.

Authentic Venice: the market

For a full immersion in city life, there is nothing better than a visit to the local market: the Rialto market . Quoted in many guides, it still manages to maintain its genuineness while preserving the true soul of Venice. Here the customers and the merchants seem to know each other and among the shouts of the sellers who encourage customers to purchase, the Venetian dialect will seem like another language. Adjacent to the fish market, there is the colorful fruit and vegetable market, where some of the products sold come directly from the nearby island of S. Erasmo : the vegetable garden of Venice.

What to see in Senigallia in a weekend

Visit Senigallia in winter

Senigallia is a city to be discovered slowly, especially in winter when its golden beach seems dormant while waiting for the summer energy.

A city to explore through the five senses

Taste: what to eat in Senigallia

The fish market of Senigallia is located directly on the harbor between the moored vessels where the fish is presented in wooden banquets from which it can be purchased at kilometer zero . Here we can perceive the well-rooted maritime tradition of Senigallia that moves directly from the market to the local cuisine.

The sea is like a vegetable garden and like the fruits of a tree the fish are also available seasonally

Choosing seasonal fish is to the benefit of the environment and its balance, always of quality is – moreover – cheaper. Gallinelle di mare, mullet, cicadas and snails are some of the protagonists in seasonal dishes that can be tasted in the restaurants of the city. Here in Senigallia, in addition to traditional recipes, chefs indulge themselves by creating imaginative dishes with unforgettable flavors.

Some examples? Cicala di mare or mullet sushi, rolls of chicken in bacon or the legendary and tasty snails, a slow appetizer , to be enjoyed with patience.

Vista: what to see in Senigallia

Step by step, this short itinerary will take you to visit some of the highlights that make Senigallia so special.

This is the link to view the itinerary on the phone-> Google map

A thousand words are worth less than a picture

Palazzetto Baviera is a fifteenth-century palace, overlooking Piazza Del Duca, built by the will of Giovanni Giacomo Baviera. The extraordinary nature of this place is undoubtedly represented by the beautiful stuccoes of Federico Brandani that adorn the vaults of five rooms of this building.

Senigallia is considered a city of photography. “The deceived Reality ” is a wonderful exhibition by Ferruccio Ferroni, Mario Giacomelli and Aristide Salvalai, where every shot excites the visitor, projecting him on a journey between present and past, between shadows and reflections. This exhibition is located in Palazzo del Duca

This city is also famous for the Summer Jamboree : the biggest European music festival dedicated to the forties and fifties. Every year the whole city returns to that period between period clothes, concerts and dances. If you want to take a dip in those years, I recommend visiting the Graffiti Store (Via Corfù 3) of Angelo: the artistic director of the Jamboree.

The colors of Puglia

Puglia is a triumph of colors, aromas, flavors and stories. Stories that it is impossible not to tell and from which to remain enchanted so that they stick to the heart and no longer abandon it. I like to think that Puglia was born from the palette of an artist with its warm and intense colors. Of all the senses, that of sight was the most tickled and most astonished.

Puglia thanks to its continuous contamination, the exchange between different traditions, customs and habits is a strong and proud region of its origins, its history, its lush nature and its historical and culinary beauties.

Puglia is a land where you can live a unique experience , not only for its sea, its villages, its rural and modern reality, for its castles and cathedrals, for its food and wine, but especially for its authenticity and perfection.

# WHITE

White is one of the primary colors of Puglia, there are entire cities of this color, especially in the Valle d’Itria and among all these dominates ALBEROBELLO. A magical place of extraordinary uniqueness.

These are the trulli, white houses with a gray cone-shaped roof , to compose one of the most incredible landscape mosaics. You must visit the Monti  area in the historic center, where the most ancient trulli are located. Via Monte San Michele  offers some of the best preserved buildings and dominates the district of  the church of Sant’Antonio , also with its particular shape of trullo that makes it a unique religious building in the world. Many of these houses are decorated with lime drawings, on the tiles, which make them different from each other and hide mystical and particular stories.

Dedicated to this color are also some boutique hotels including “CANNE BIANCHE” located in Torre Canne di Fasano in the province of Brindisi. When you cross the threshold of this place so exclusive you can feel a special, warm, intimate and enveloping atmosphere. A place that evokes in a modern key the charm of the ancient rural villages of Puglia and the radiance from the Mediterranean.

Three are definitely the factors that will hit you. The attention to detail perceived in the furnishings, in the arrangement of the rooms and in the large garden with swimming pool. You will be speechless because of the proximity of the sea ; 20 meters will separate you from this gift of nature that will give its best from sunrise to sunset. And finally, from breakfast to dinner you will be conquered by the kitchen that constantly oscillates between tradition and innovation with flashes of great creativity.

# GREEN

The first two “green” that come to my mind thinking of Puglia are the color of olives and olive trees and the energetic “green”. And in this journey thanks to a great synergy the green has really dominated. I reached Puglia on the new RENAULT Captur, attentive to fuel consumption and emissions (allows savings of up to 12% in terms of fuel usage), very comfortable to drive and very glamorous.

And the Twizy by Renault , two-seater electric and zero-impact, were also the super-ecological vehicle with which I visited THE PARK OF DUNE COSTIERE . In my company there were For Play  and the  Serapia cooperative who showed me every corner of this natural and human wonder by telling them the secrets and every particularity.

Ostuni and surroundings. What see.

The Valle d’Itria is set between Bari , Brindisi and Taranto , and it is this corner of Puglia that should be visited at least once in life for its characteristic views, for its white towns and its towns overlooking the sea. And it is here that I spent a night, at Pezze di Greco di Fasano, in a characteristic trullo . I used the Vigne di Salamina as a base to then go to the discovery of the surroundings in search of natural beauty, unforgettable towns and tasty dishes to taste.

# Sleep in a trullo

The Vigne di Salamina, of Trulli On Line, is located among the gentle slopes of the valley, among oak woods, large olive groves, dry stone walls and limestone walls. It is an oasis of peace where you can rest in the evening after the hours spent in the surroundings, or to take a fresh break by the pool, when the weather permits. The trullo that hosted me is Monte Zuzzu, an ancient structure with three cones, completely restored respecting tradition and perfectly adapted to the needs of a modern habitat. The Trullo Monte Zuzzu is composed of a living-living room, where there is also a sofa bed, a bedroom with double bed, furnished with rustic furniture and a kitchen, but complete with everything you need and a small and characteristic bathroom.The trullo also has a furnished panoramic terrace. The owner Nicla will, then, always at your disposal to solve any small inconvenience or give you valuable advice to visit the surroundings. And that’s how thanks to Nicla that I met Fabiana di PugliaMuchMore who brought me to know Ostuni.

# Ostuni, the white city

Ostuni appears with its white sparkle even from a distance. In fact, approaching you can immediately see its whitewashed defensive walls . Inside the old city will hit the winding streets, the beautifully maintained steps, with windows and doors colorful blue and green. In autumn, then in Ostuni you can only find locals and you can visit it in one day, without the crowds of the summer crowd and you can enjoy its beauties in a privileged and almost exclusive. Starting from the central square under the column of San Oronzo you can lose yourself in a white labyrinth of steep streets where you can meet artisan shops, like that of the ladle maker(look for Mr. Giuseppe Roma, who will enchant you with his stories in very narrow dialect), truly instagrammable views, the Duomo, the door of heaven, delicious little restaurants and little cubes, like excellent flavors , where to eat gourmet sandwiches, with first fruits at zero km, which will make you ask for an encore. A dispassionate advice, if you happen to be in Valle d’Itria do not miss out, especially out of season, a stop in Ostuni.

If you are looking for some very particular experience to do in the surrounding area, ask to visit the Conte cheese factory where you can learn the secrets of Apulian cheeses, especially caciocavallo and mozzarella . If we often complain about not being able to experience the old trades and the ancient craftsmanship, Puglia still offers a lot in this field too and I hope you will be fascinated as it happened to me.

7 steps to Bergamo

Bergamo is a city more “collected” than Milan , offers historical beauties and moments of worldliness, but it is also at the same time far from the smog and stress of the big cities. With its 120 thousand inhabitants, the accessibility of any means of transport (the airport of  Orio al Serio  is just steps away) and the perfect  mix of history, nature and points of interest, locations punctuated by the perfect division of the city in  the upper area and  low area , Bergamo is configured as one of the most interesting Lombard destinations for couples, families, groups of friends.

Here we leave our personal list of what is unmissable.

# Go up to the upper town with the funicular and walk along the walls

For 120 years the funiculars have crossed the walls of Bergamo, connecting the contemporary center to the medieval heart of the city. During the journey the view is superb and when you re-open the doors, in the upper area, you will already be in love with Bergamo . You can then walk along the 5 km of the UNESCO Walls of Unesco, and enjoy the views of Milan on the horizon or a magnificent sunset from the stands.

Directions on how to get to the funicular with -> Google Maps

This is the link to the official ATB Bergamo transport website

# See the historic center

Piazza Vecchia is the symbol of Bergamo Alta as well as the main square of the town. All the most interesting buildings are concentrated here:

  • The Palazzo della Ragione
  • The civic tower, also called “il Campanone”
  • The library building

At the center of the square is the historic and characteristic fountain, and into the portico below Palazzo della ragione you come out into Piazza Duomo, which houses four other beauties:

  • The Duomo of Bergamo
  • The Colleoni Chapel
  • The Baptistery
  • The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

Take some time to also admire the ancient sundial under the arcades.

Reach the Old Square with -> Google Maps.

# A sweet break

When you feel the sweet desire, allow yourself the luxury of tasting the typical  “polenta e osei” . Originally only salty recipe, or birds of fresh catch, plucked, cooked on the spit and brought to the table accompanied by polenta steaming over time has been transformed into chocolate marzipan birds placed on a cake covered with yellow marzipan similar to the color with polenta . The sweet version is found almost everywhere. Look at the pastry counters and the windows of the bars to see the various bills. Choose the most inviting, sit back and enjoy it bite after bite.

# Visit the Castle of San Vigilio

Before dipping into the colors and the ferment of the Lower City , continue a little further north to the Upper Town and make a stop at the Castle of San Vigilio, on the homonymous hill. At a height of 496 meters the Castle enjoys a breathtaking view of the Valbrembrian and the entire plain of Alamenno. Because of its privileged position, in the fifteenth century the stronghold was used as a sighting place: its structure still features four towers with gunboats and loopholes.

# Visit to the Carrara Academy

Going back to the center of Bergamo it is a must to stop at the Carrara Academy Museum, one of the most prestigious art galleries in Italy , which contains more than 1800 paintings from the 15th to the 19th century. Mantegna, Canaletto, Botticelli, Raffaello Sanzio (touching his San Sebastiano), are just some of the great names on show at the Bergamo Academy.

In front of the gallery, however, is the  Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art  ( GAMeC ), ideal for lovers of the most contemporary painters of our time: a vast offer for all those who want to rediscover the greatest masters of painting , and not only, of all time.

Here the directions of the navigator to reach the Gallery of Modern Art .

# Via XX Settembre

The area in charge of shopping in Bergamo has a name and is marked by a number . We are talking about via XX Settembre, a lively area located in the Lower City where you can really buy everything, thanks to the countless different shops along the entire stretch of road. (how to arrive with Maps )