A special event: New Year’s Eve

15 02 2011

The night of 31st December is New Year’s Eve.

Last year I went to my grandparents’ house and I helped in the kitchen. I ate a lot of good food and watched fireworks. At dinner we ate lentils (but I hate them) to bring money in the new year.

We stayed together all night. At midnight, we watched the fireworks and we wished each other “Happy New Year!”

We had an incredible night.

by Alessia, 12 years old (practicing past simple)

A day trip around Lecce

14 02 2011

by Federico, upper intermediate


In this report, I’m going to recommend a day trip to the historic centre of Lecce and around, for our visitors from England. Lecce is an old city with a lot of beautiful places and shops to visit. There are monuments that are very important in the history of Italy.

What to do

In the morning, I suggest we go to the beach in Otranto, a beautiful town near Lecce. After visiting the sea, we can come back to Lecce and visit museums and monuments. In particular, near Piazza Sant’Oronzo there are two fantastic baroque-style churches: Santa Croce and the Duomo. In the evening, we can also go to eat in a luxurious restaurant, Giardino. At night we can go dancing in a disco.

How to get there

Lecce is a 3-hour trip by plane from London. Flying is the most convenient way to travel because it’s fast. By plane, you will arrive in Brindisi. From Brindisi, we can hire a coach to take us to the beach in Otranto and then to the centre of Lecce.

The cost

I don’t know the price of the plane tickets, but Lecce isn’t a very expensive city to visit, so 50 euros should be enough to cover a day’s expenses, including lunch and dinner.


In conclusion, I recommend visiting Lecce because it’s a very beautiful and peaceful city. If you want to relax and learn about a historic Italian city, take the plane and come here!

Piazza Sant’ Oronzo

Teacher’s note: This was a 10-minute, in-class writing exercise, so students had to write very quickly and did not have time for research.

Film Review: The Tourist

8 02 2011

Original title: The Tourist 

Language: English

Country: USA

Year: 2010

Genre: Dramatic, thriller

Cast: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie


Frank Tupelo is a maths teacher going to Italy to forget his past. Elise, on the other hand, is a very mysterious woman who is followed by the international police. These completely different characters meet on a train to Venice.

Elise invites Frank in her suite once they arrive and there, he immediately gets involved in chases, dangerous situations and blind dates.

We discover that Elise is looking for her husband whom she never sees because he’s an outlaw and, as a result of his own crime, Russian gangsters, the police and many others are in desperate need to find her.

And for those who know some famous Italian actors, it will be a laugh seeing Christian De Sica as the corrupt police inspector or Raoul Bova as the latin-lover.

Soon we will discover who is really the man going to the married couple appointments and the truth will be absolutely unexpected and shocking!

Most critics said that Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp weren’t properly matched, but I find them a perfect pair, especially acting in these two peculiar roles. The comparisons between Paris and Venice in the film were fantastic and I found it had a bit of everything, from funny scenes to really breathtaking ones.

Johara’s rating


4 02 2011

Sometimes we need to forget our problems and stress. I personally think that a beautiful cruise is the best solution!

I got a cruise ship in Dubai recently. Costa Deliziosa is a very big and comfortable ship. The staff are very efficient and nice, so you can forget everything and you can relax. You can sunbathe near the swimming pool, get a beautiful massage in the spa, take a drink, go skiing… or anything else you’d like to do.

The cruise ship docks at the ports of the most beautiful cities in the Persian gulf.

Dubai is the Arabian Manhattan. Its skyline is like that of New York. This city has the highest skyscraper in the world – its name is “At The Top”.

Abu Dhabi is a mix of three cities: the promenades and beaches of Miami; the beautiful villas, gardens and fountains of Bel Air in Los Angeles; and the skyscrapers of downtown San Francisco.

Muscat in Oman is a beautiful and typically Arabian town, with mosques, houses in white marble and its souk (typical market) full of people, spices and things to buy.

One of the best tours is the desert safari by jeep, between the red sand dunes near Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

In addition, every night on the cruise ship there is a lot of entertainment: music, a disco area, a cinema, a casino and live shows in a real theatre!

Last, but not least, the food is very, very good: Italian cuisine and also international cuisine. The chefs cook all the time so you can eat any time you are hungry…

What more could you want?

by Rita Montagna, elementary

Best football players

3 02 2011

By Alberto, our resident football expert…

I’m sure that the dream of every football supporter is to have the best football players in his favourite team, but sometimes it is not that easy to chose the best ones. What you are going to read now is a list of those we think are the best players from  all over the world.


  • Iker Casilias (Spain) 
  • Julio Cesar (Brazil)
  • Petr Cech (Czech Republic)


  • Gerard Piquè (Spain) 
  • Alessandro Nesta (Italy)
  • Walter Adrian Samuel (Argentina)
  • Thiago Silva (Brazil)
  • Charles Puyol (Spain)
  • Daniel Alves (Brazil) 
  • Sergio Ramos (Spain)
  • Gareth Bale (Wales)
  • Maicon (Brazil)


  • Xavi Hernandez (Spain) 
  • Andres Iniesta (Spain)
  • Franky Lampard (England)
  • Arjen Robben (Holland)
  • Wesley Sneijder (Holland)
  • Cesc Fabregas (Spain)
  • Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
  • Mesut Ozil( (Germany)


  • Lionel Messi (Argentina)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)
  • Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)
  • Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon)
  • David Villa  (Spain)
  • Fernando Torres (Spain)
  • Neymar Da Silva (Brazil)

This is the list: as you can see we have not included some players that we still can’t consider “top-players”, such as, for example, Alexis Sanchez, Javier Pastore, Samir Nasri, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. Anyway, they are still very young and I’m sure that in a short time they will achieve great success with their own football teams.