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Another light-hearted travel quiz on Italy and all things Italian.

 Answers at the bottom of the page but NO CHEATING!

ciabatta

 This type of Italian bread also means ‘slipper’?

 Slipperini

Panini

Ciabatta

Foccaccia

Panettone

fiat

 What is common name for the Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino?

 Maserati

Lamborghini

Alfa Romeo

Fiat

Innocenti

 Former currencies of Italy were?

 The ‘franc’

The piastra

The lira

The centesimo

The fiorino

The scudo

All of them

None of them

tira

A literal translation of ‘tiramisù’?

 Put me down

Pick me up

Pull me along

Push me towards you

Measure your waist

venice

 The traditional male Venetian mask was originally worn by?

Pig farmers

Plague doctors

Nosey parkers

Casanova’s family and friends

Truffle hunters

’50 Shades of Grey’ bondage fans

 If you are stopped while driving by the Carabinieri, do you?

 Brandish a 50 euro note

Smile and keep your hands on the wheel

Say that your wife is about to have a baby

Say your dad is called Don Corleone and your mum is a nun

Tell them that you don’t  understand a word of Italian, you’re an inviolate U.S. citizen and a personal friend of Obama

Invite them for a couple of Peroni beers

Drive off rapidly in your supercharged Ferrari

triesrte

Which is the most northerly?

 Turin

Venice

Trieste

Milan

Verona

Papua

 When a Spaniard pulls his earlobe, he is accusing you of sponging.

When an Italian pulls his earlobe, he is questioning your masculinity.

When a Frenchman strokes under his chin, he is calling you a bore.

 All true

All false

 Driving in Naples, red and green traffic lights are only for decoration?

 Mainly true

Mainly false

garda

 Which Italian lake is shaped like a banjo?

 Como

Garda

Lugano

Maggiore

Bangio

Mandolini

milan

 How many years did it take to complete Milan’s cathedral façade?

 10

50

100

500

1000

past

 If you ask for a pastrami sandwich in Italy?

 They will look at you suspiciously

They will ask you if you are Romanian or Turkish

They will ask the name of your synagogue

They will ask if you want it on rye bread

Any or all of them

torc

 Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote on a Venetian island famous for malaria problems?

 A lie

Torcello

Burano

Murano

Mala Riamus

 When the family of the Venetian Doge became almost depleted, the citizens seized the last male, a monk, from his monastery and ‘forced’ him to father nine boys and three girls.

 True

False

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 The Ponte Vecchio, in Florence, is populated by jewellery shops. Why?

 Gold smells better than rotten meat and offal

Tourists don’t buy much fruit and vegetables

Florence was once a ‘duty free’ zone

It was impossible to tunnel into the vaults from below

Don Papa Vecchio was an ancestor of Gerald Ratner

 

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Answers:

Ciabatta/Fiat/All of them/Pick me up/Plague doctors/Smile and keep your hands on the wheel/Trieste/All true/Mainly true/Garda/500/Any or all of them/Torcello/True/Gold smell better than rotten meat and offal

A new Italian Travel quiz for June

A light-hearted quiz on all things Italian…..

Answers at the bottom of the page and NO cheating!

mcdon

When McDonalds first opened in Italy, what did the food purists do at the entrance?

Squirted everyone with red, white and green paint

Gave away free plates of pasta

Offered 10% off a ‘puttanesca double cheeseburger’

Commited mass suicide

bolo

Which is the oldest university in Europe?

 Oxford

Naples

Paris

Bologna

Salamanca

How many square miles did the Roman Empire cover?

 Less than half a million

One million

Two million

Three million

mickey

Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini tried to eliminate foreign words. Donald Duck became “Paperino.” Mickey Mouse became?

 Topo Gigio

Topolino

Topazio

Topaia

Football fans in Italy are called tifosi, meaning?

 Typhoid carriers

Babies in nappies

Aggressive hooligans

Ardent fans

donkey

An Italian asks his Spanish friend to put the butter ‘burro’ on the table. What does the Spaniard do?

 Laugh

Go to the market to buy a donkey

Look for a Mexican supermarket

Find a drug trafficker

Roast and carve the village idiot

All of them

None of them

There is a restaurant within a high-security prison in Volterra where you eat with plastic cutlery under security cameras and bright lights, your table pianist is a convicted serial killer and you need to book months in advance to secure a table?

 True

False

‘Grappa’ is?

 A female wrestler

A drink that often tastes like nail varnish remover and can cause blindness and insanity

A grapefruit cocktail

A variety of head lice

The original Mafia characters in Sicily most resembled?

 Robin Hood

Machine Gun Kelly

Al Capone

Joseph Stalin

Robert di Nero

Venice-Masks-Big

What would you do at the Gran Ballo Delle Maschere?

 Dance to pounding rap music from Machere

Put on a mask

Watch a league cup football match

Make a papier-mache beachball

Elba was home to?

 The ancestors of Idris Elba

Gracie Fields

The Emperor Napoleon

John and Yoko Lennon

Garibaldi

 

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Answers: Gave away free plates of pasta/Bologna/Two million/Topolino/Typhoid carriers/All of them/True/A drink that tastes like nail varnish remover and can cause blindness and insanity/Robin Hood/Put on a mask/The Emperor Napoleon

A new Summer quiz on all things Italian…..

Try our latest Italy quiz. Answers below but no cheating!

fibonacci_nature_body

Who was Fibonacci?

A mathematician

A clothes designer

A famous chef

The inventor of the mobile phone

 

‘Locanda’ is?

A locust

An orator

A lake near the Swiss border

An inn

 

‘Gettoni’ are?

Ice cream cones

Telephone tokens

Good friends

Strips of dried and smoked beef

garibaldi-biscuits

Who was Garibaldi?

A biscuit manufacturer

An Italian nationalist

A hair transplant surgeon

A mafia ‘hit man’

 

Where would you find zabaglione?

In the sea

In a restaurant

In sun-tan lotion

In the most expensive fashion shops

 

Who, in Italy is called ‘dottore’?

A teacher

A mosaic floor designer

A gay hairdresser

Anyone with money to spend

capri

Which Emperor put Capri on the tourist map?

Tiberius

Nero

Caligula

Caprianus

 

‘Trippe alla fiorentina’ is?

An hallucinogenic experience

A dish of intestines and tomato

A visit to Florence

A perfume by Dior

tom

Tomatoes originally came from?

Rome

Venice

Genoa

Naples

norm

Most castles in Sicily were built by?

English Crusaders

Norman French

Danish Vikings

Islamic Saracens

assis

With which town is Saint Francis associated?

Assizes

Assinine

Assegai

Assisi

 

How did Hannibal enter Italy?

By private Lear jet

With his elephants

With a forged passport

Driving a Hamil car

 

Who fed the babies, Romulus and Remus?

Bob Geldorf

Oxfam

A wolf

The Oracle of Delphi

 

Who wrote the opera ‘La Boheme’?

Puccini

Verdi

Rossini

Pastrami

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Answers: A mathematician/An inn/Telephone tokens/An Italian nationalist/In a restaurant/Anyone with money to spend/Tiberius/A dish of intestines and tomato/ A dish of intestines and tomato/Naples/Norman French/Assisi/With his elephants/A wolf/Verdi