#100ItalyFacts on Instagram: days 84-90

Hi guys,

here you are the usual review. This week I have decided to share some info about Turin,ย the official first capital city of Italy.

The next review won’t be published next Sunday, but on Feb.8th, when the challenge will be officially over ๐Ÿ™‚ Almost finished ๐Ÿ’ช

Enjoy!

#100ItalyFacts [day85]: as you probably know, in #Italy, along with the #Italian language, there are a lot of local #dialects which are spoken by the population. A thing which is probably less known is that there are also the so-called "linguistic minorities" which are even "protected" by Italian laws ๐Ÿ“ƒ Italy officially recognizes 12 linguistic minorities, which have got Albanian, Croatian, Catalan, Slovenian, German, French and Greek origins. A minority which I particularly love (because my ancestors belonged to it) is the #zimbern one, located in the Asiago plateau and in certain towns in the province of Verona, which has got German origins . โžก In the pic the Asiago plateau, where nowadays there are only ten zimbern speakers ๐Ÿ˜ข #asiago #veneto #language #italianlanguage #altopiano #visititaly #learn #learnmore #speaking #blog #blogging #blogger #travelblog #travelblogger #italianblogger #travel #traveltrip #travelgram #tourism #nature #instatravel #instatrip #instapassport

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#100ItalyFacts [day86]: the #Italian word for #alley is "vicolo". ๐Ÿ›ฃ Here some curious facts about alleys in #Italy: โœด an alley without an exit is called "vicolo cieco" ("blind alley") and there's also a common saying that involves it. Saying "infilarsi in un vicolo cieco" ("putting yourself into a blind alley") means getting involved in a situation without a solution; โœด the city with the most famous alleys is definitely Venice. Alleys/vicoli in Venice are called "calli"; โœด the narrowest alley in Italy is in Ripatransone, a town in Le Marche region. It is 43 cm (16,93 inch) wide for a section and 38 cm (14,96 inch) wide for the rest. If you can go through it, the local Tourism Department gifts you with a "certificate of merit".๐Ÿ“ƒ๐ŸŽ– #curiousfact #blog #blogging #blogger #travelblog #travelblogger #italianblogger #walking #wandering #walkingtour #tour #citytour #tourism #whatitalyis #travel #traveltrip #trip #ig_italy #travelandlife #travelitaly #travelgram #instatravel #instatrip #instapassport

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#100ItalyFacts [day87]: Rome has not always been the Italian capital city. Actually the first capital city of the Reign of Italy was #Turin (followed in a second moment by Florence) ๐Ÿ‘‘ The equestrian sculpture in Piazza San Carlo in Turin [pic], along with Mole Antonelliana, is the most significative monument of the city. In 1864, when they decided to transfer the capital from Turin to Florence, people insurrected and there was a terrible slaughter just beside the monument. #torino #piazzasancarlo #piazzasancarlotorino #ig_torino #visitpiemonte #piedmont #walkingtour #walking #tourism #tour #italy #italian #italianhistory #learn #blog #blogger #italianblogger #travelblog #travelblogger #travel #traveltrip #travelgram #instatravel #instatrip #instapassport #travelbug #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography

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#100ItalyFacts [day88]: since today is the #HolocaustMemorialDay, I want to dedicate this post to #PrimoLevi, who probably wrote the most important account concerning concentration camps. ๐Ÿ“„ His masterpiece "If this is a man" (American version "Survival in Auschwitz"), however, is not only this: it's also a philosophical book about life and the human being. Those who read it don't come back the same as before. Levi, an Italian Jewish chemist born in Turin, was a prisoner of Auschwitz concentration camp. He survived and wrote important accounts such as the mentioned If This Is a Man, The Truce and The Drowned and the Saved. But he also wrote novels, short stories, poems and "The periodic table", the best science book ever written. #italy #italian #italianliterature #italians #whatitalyis #book #literature #holocaust #shoah #learn #learnmore #books #explore #exploremore #doodleart #doodle #drawing #blackandwhite #jewish #blog #blogging #blogger #italianblogger #writing

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#100ItalyFacts [day89]: for those who believe in this kind of stuff, #Turin is considered one the most "supernatural" cities in the world. Being the apex of two "triangles of magic"( the triangle of black magic formed by Turin, London, San Francisco and the one of white magic formed by Turin, Lyon and Prague)and with a long tradition of esoterism, it is believed that there are certain spots in the city that "exhude" white or black magic. There are even tours that take you around to visit these landmarks. โžก In the pic, the Church of Gran Madre di Dio, which is allegedly source of white magic. ๐Ÿ•ฏโœจ #torino #italy #whatitalyis #Piedmont #chiesagranmadre #granmadredidio #visitpiemonte #piedmont #magic #whitemagic #supernatural #tourism #walkingtour #travel #travelgram #instapassport #instatravel #instatrip #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #blog #travelblog #travelblogger #italianblogger #italianculture #italian

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#100ItalyFacts [day90]: Jan. 29th, 30th and 31st are the so-called "Days of the female blackbird", which are said to be the coldest days of the year โ„๐Ÿฆ According to a legend, blackbirds used to be white (whitebirds?!?), but once a female blackbird, in order to escape from the great cold, sought refuge inside a chimney: as a consequence it became black because of the soot. From that day blackbirds are indeed…black! #italy #legend #storytelling #storyteller #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #italian #rooftop #chimney #mountain #snow #skyporn #travel #travelgram #instatravel #instatrip #trip #tourism #blog #blogger #italianblogger #travelblog #travelblogger #whatitalyis #traveltrip #travelandlife #january #winter

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4 thoughts on “#100ItalyFacts on Instagram: days 84-90

  1. Wow I didn’t know about the 12 linguistic minorities… very interesting. Aaah vicoli are my favourite things, Italy does them so well… the vicoli of every city have different atmospheres; those in Genova or Naples can be quite ominous, while those in the hilltowns are welcoming and lovely. That’s very curious about Ripatransone. Where was the day86 photo taken by the way?

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  2. Again a whole lot of new data for me, especially about those magic triangles. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I was in San Francisco and Prague and Lyon (but not Turin), and can’t say I felt much… But now that you mention it… ๐Ÿ˜‰ And good to know about so many linguistic minorities, including Slovenian-based. I see the last part is still missing on here… I’m sure it will come eventually (since on Twitter your 100 facts are already complete.)

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    1. Yeah, Turin has a long tradition of esoteric stuff…also the Savoy family, the one that then became the royal one, was said to be involved in alchemy. I plan to write a post on Turin in the future, it’s a fascinating city for sure. Very elegant, I would say!

      Yeah, the Slovenian-based are obviously to be found in Friuli!

      Oh God, you’re right! I posted it under “Italy according to an Italian”, but I totally forgot to update with a blog post. Meh.

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