Italian street names - an A-Z and their stories of Italian history by Carolyn McKenzie As you explore Italy's cities, towns and villages, certain street and piazza names will crop up wherever you go. Via Roma, Piazza Garibaldi and Corso Nazionale are ubiquitous and need little explanation. Via del Mercato, Piazzetta della Fontana and Piazza Cattedrale are self-explanatory too, as are, with a smattering of Italian, Piazza del Municipio (Townhall Square) and Via al Mare (prounced ma-ray) and Via alla Spiaggia (Road to the Seaside and to the Beach). Other street names encapsulate moments of Italian history or hor the people and events that have been significant in its evolution as the country we are fascinated by today. In this ALPHABET of Italian street names I will add a new dimension to your next trip to Italy by exploring with you some of the history behind the names given to the country's streets.
Carolyn McKenzie is a New Zealander. She has lived in various parts of Italy over the last 35 years and now divides her time between her homes in Auckland (NZ) and in Ventimiglia Alta on the Ligurian coast in northwest Italy. She is an experienced English language teacher, proofreader and editor, translator (from Italian to English) and a published author. Her books include Portraits of the Riviera published by Penguin NZ and a number of non-fiction and faction ebooks inspired by her Italian experiences. Her hobbies and interests include sustainable tourism, environmental issues, local politics, organic gardening and writing. Go to her blog www.ventimigliaaltawords.com to find out more, or contact email@example.com