One of my fellow travelers once asked me who”Louie” was. She said I talked about him a lot with my Italian friends and family. Not knowing the language she didn’t realize that “Louie” was actually spelled “Lui” and referred to the Italian personal pronoun for he or him. So when I would say “Mi piace Lui” I wasn’t saying “I like Louie” by rather saying “I like him”.
Listening to this conversation can be confusing for a non-Italian speaker. All the more reason to know a little Italian when traveling in Italy. Phrase book Italian is confining and a little like speaking from a script. Learning vocabulary alone is limited – a “speak and point” version of a language. Although both are good starting points for your first trip to Italy you will need to build on these rout sayings and idioms to carry on a conversation. Remember language is a form of communication with many dimensions and most languages spoken without proper grammar and conjugation won’t make much sense.
SCARPA, Zanotti, Superga. For aficionados of Italian style sneakers these are part of the pantheon of fashionable athletic foot gear. Casual shoes that have transitioned from hard core sports to become haute shoe couture. One of our favorites is SCARPA sneakers inspired by the climbing culture of Italy’s Montebelluna region in the Northern Veneto. A shoe lovers paradise (Geox and Trezeta are also based here), SCARPA, which by the way means shoe in Italian, is also an acronym for the Società Calzaturiera Asolana Riunita Pedemontana Anonima, which means Associated Shoe Manufacturing Company of the Asolo Mountain Area, a part of Italy well-known for handcrafted footwear. The cult classic SCARPA Mojito Suede Sneaker would be a prize addition to anyone’s kick collection. Made from Italian leather it traces its lineage to the traditions of hiking, trekking and mountaineering shoes for which the company is known for.
Revered worldwide for their style, materials and an unrelenting attention to quality and craftsmanship, Italian shoes are part of a unique tradition that makes them on my shopping radar when traveling in Italy or back in the States.