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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

ponte-vecchio_6225061

 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

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