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Street types

In Toponymy by Silvio Dell'Acqua

What’s the differences between street and road, but also avenue boulevard, esplanade, place… and likes: the 100+ street types in English!

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Italian street types

In Toponymy by Silvio Dell'Acqua

In Italy the streets are called “via”, and the squares “piazza”. But we can find also “largo”, “corso”, “vicolo”, “bastioni”, “chiasso”, “gradinata”, “mura”, “tresanda”… did youn know that there are more than 300 street types in Italy?

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Polenta with the "O", Civitanova Marche

In Folklore, Food by Silvio Dell'Acqua

The “pulénda de Citanò” aka “pulénda co’ lu O” (polenta with the “O”) is a type of “polenta” -an Italian peasant food made by boiling cornmeal into a dense porridge- that was typical of a very limited area: the surroundings of Civitanova Marche, a small town on the eastern coast of central Italy.

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"Bargniff" and friends: a short bestiary of Lombard folklore

In Folklore by Andrea Panigada

The figures of the Italian folklore are no way inferior to those in Ireland, both in number and variety; even in Lombardia we have a fair amount of such. If is true that elves and goblins are scarce, although not entirely absent, however we find in abundance chimerical beasts, ghosts, various devils and witches.

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Maus: the biggest tank ever built

In Military by Giovanni Melappioni

Except for the advanced revolutionary tactic developed for the use of the battle tanks, the Nazi were not the incredible innovators of armoured vehicles that maybe the winning propaganda – and a certain levity in reconstructing the events, has been handed down to us. In the years immediately preceding the outbreak of the World War II, the armoured fighting vehicles (AFV) …

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Is Bishop Rock the smallest island in the world?

In Islands by Silvio Dell'Acqua

1861. The British administration, for technical and bureaucratic reasons, decided to fix the limit between “island ” and ” rock ” stating that an island, if uninhabited, must have enough room to ensure the «summer pasturage of at least one sheep»; this latter condition would be met, according to the bureaucrats, by having an area of at least two acres. So, hired the sheep as the measure unit, the smallest island in the world turn out to be Bishop Rock in the Scilly. This story is pretty famous, but there’s something that doesn’t add up.