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Parla Italiano – Lesson 7

Ciao!  Last Tuesday at our Italian Speaking Night we learned all about La geographia italia (Italian geography).  Some of you might already recognize some of the regions from our Italian Long Table Dinners, but talking about geography in Italian requires some finesse.

L’Italiaè uno Stato o Paese (Italy is a State or a Country).  Here’s where it gets a bit tricky – Paese means country whereas paese means town or village.  Be careful of using capital letters, they are used very differently in Italian.

Ogni regione ha un capoluogo di provincia (Each region has a provincial capital).  Per esempio: Bari è il capoluogo di provincia della Puglia (For Example: Bari is the provincial capital of Puglia).  Tuttavia, in ogni regione ci sono varie province (However, in each region there are different provinces).  In ogni provincia ci sono città, cittadine, paesi e villaggi (In each province there are cities, towns and villages).

Ci sono venti regioni in Italia (There are 20 regions in Italy):

  • (la) Valle D’Aosta
  • (il) Piemonte
  • (la) Liguria
  • (la) Lombardia
  • (il) Trentino Alto Adige
  • (il) Veneto
  • (il) Friuli-Venezia Giulia
  • (l’) Emilia Romagna
  • (la) Toscana
  • (le) Marche

  • (l’) Umbria
  • (il) Lazio
  • (l’) Abruzzo
  • (il) Molise
  • (la) Campania
  • (la) Basilicata
  • (la) Puglia
  • (la) Calabria
  • (la) Sicilia
  • (la) Sardegna


Roma è la capitale politica dell’Italia e si trova nel Lazio (Rome is Italy’s political capital and is located in Lazio)

Milano è la capitale economica dell’Italia e si trova in Lombardia (Milan is Italy’s economical capital and is located in Lombardia).

Here are a few useful questions:

Di che regione sei? / Da quale regione vieni?
Which region are you from?
Vengo dal Lazio
I am from Lazio.
In che provincia è Civitavecchia?
Which province is Civitavecchia in?
Civitavecchia è in provincia di Roma.
Civitavecchia is in the province of Rome.

Missed our first round of classes?  Don’t worry – ‘Professor’ Gabriella will return with more classes in September.  To stay updated on all our Parla Italiano news join our monthly newsletter.  As always we leave you with a video explaining differences in Italian.  Ciao!

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