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A photo quiz of Italy, Sicily and unusual things Italian…….

Answers at the bottom of the page but NO CHEATING

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a) Who’s my ultimate boss (on Earth)?

venice-carnival-ball

 

b) What am I celebrating dressed like this?

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c) Who brought tomatoes to Italy?

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d) I’m a Greek temple but don’t live in Greece. Where am I?

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e) I’m one of the Cinque Terre villages. What does Cinque Terre mean?

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f) The symbol of Rome but what are the names of the babies?

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g) What will happen if you throw a coin in my water?

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h) You probably know me as Mickey Mouse, what’s my name in Italy?

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i) I’m beautiful and a make of Italian sports car, whats the name of my marque?

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j) I was put in prison for claiming the Earth revolves around the Sun, What’s my name?

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k) I’m a type of house resembling a beehive, what’s my name?

Spaghetti Puttanesca

l) Spaghetti puttanesca certainly but invented by what type of working lady?

 

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Answers: The Pope/the Venice carnival/ the Spanish/ Valley of the Temples, Sicily/ Five lands/ Romulus and Remus/ You’ll revisit Rome/ Topolino/ Maserati/ Galileo/ Trulli/ Prostitutes

A midsummer quiz on Italy and all things Italian

Answers at the bottom of the page but NO CHEATING!

‘Di tre cose è piena , torri , campane e figli di puttane’ (filled with three things, towers, bells and sons of whores). Where is it?

siena

a) Palermo
b) Siena
c) Naples
d) Turin
e) Puttanesca

 

St Peter of Vatican fame was?

St.-Peter-statue

a) crucified upside down
b) the first ‘pope’
c) a fisherman
d) a man who cut off ears
e) all of them
f) none of them

Which port is known as the ‘Superba’?

a) Bari
b) Genoa
c) Trieste
d) Ostia
e) Brindisi

Palazzo Ducale in Venice.

Look at the photo. Who lived here?

a) King Umberto XI
b) Il Doge
c) Mussolini
d) Berlusconi
e) Caligula

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Which city is known as ‘la Bella’?

a) Rome
b) Milan
c) Florence
d) Bellagio
e) Venice

A city which, in Italian, is the anagram for the latin word for ‘love’?

a) Parma
b) Rimini
c) Rome
d) Verona
e) Levo

campo

The Campo dei Miracoli (Place of the Miracles) is where?

a) Vatican City
b) Assisi
c) Pisa
d) Jerusalem
e) Turin

fontana de triton

In the photo, what is the name of the figure in the statue?

a) Neptune
b) Triton
c) Fontus
d) Aquarius
e) Oceanus

If someone tells you that you are doing something ‘con brio’?

a) you thank them
b) you call the police
c) you get arrested as a sexual deviant
d) you apologise to Brio’s wife and family
e) you damn him as a ‘crazy eyetie’

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Brunello de Montalcino is?

a) a famous drag queen from Montalcino
b) a red wine
c) the Italian heavyweight boxing champion
d) a type of lemon marmalade
e) a painting by Giotto

‘Lucca’ is?

a) filthy money
b) a medieval city
c) an under-aged porno star beloved of Berlusconi
d) an early form of pizza
e) a renaissance form of chiaroscuro art

Casina delle Civette

Look at the photo. Who lived here?

a) Pinocchio
b) Liberace
c) Garibaldi
d) Mussolini
e) Rossini

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Answers: Siena /all of them / Genoa/ Il Doge/ Florence/ Rome (amor:Roma)/ Pisa/ Triton/ you thank them / a red wine/ a medieval city/Mussolini

Italian food and wine quiz.

Italian food and wine quiz.

Another in our series of Italian travel quizzes. Answers at the bottom of the page but NO CHEATING!

pasta

How many varieties of pasta are there is Italy?

35
350
3,500
35,000

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Which is not an ingredient of ‘pesto’?

Cheese
Pine nuts
Garlic
Olive oil
Tomato
Basil

Antipasti is?

A person with allergy to pasta
A person who does not like the drink pastis
A dish served as an appetizer
Served with the dessert
A model of sports car made by Ferrari

gnocchi

Gnocchi is made with?

Butter
Milk
White wine
Oregano
Oatmeal
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

True or false

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Weiner Schnitzel is famous in Austria. What is its Italian cousin called?

Picallilli
Piccata
Picaeta
Piccolin
Pinocchio
Vitello ‘Fare i gattini ‘

Strega is?

An alcoholic drink
A witch
An Italian literary award
A novel by Andrew Vachss
A modified racing airplane
None of these
All of these

truffle

Which two animals are used to ‘sniff’ out truffles?

Sheep
Goat
Dog
Pig
Italian aardvaak
Water buffalo
Civet cat

cacc

‘Cacciatora’ is a culinary term. What does it mean?

Peasant style
Cooked with spices that will leave you sweating and speechless
Hunter style
Roman style
Bull catcher
Braised in red chianti wine

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Est! Est!! Est!!! is?

A way of asking if you like love and travel
To the East, to the East, to the East……..
A white wine
An insulting term for Estonian immigrants
A well know children’s soft drink
‘Lets eat and be merry for tomorrow we die’, a toast

Which summer vegetable’s flowers are battered and deep fried?

Zucchini
Squash
Pumpkin
Courgette
All of them
None of them

Marsala is?

A spicy sauce you have with chicken and rice
A fortified wine from Sicily
A breed of Tuscan beef cattle
A cheese riddled with maggots
A type of finely cut, anchovy-flavoured pasta

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Which way do you turn for the motorway or the hospital?

Left
Right
Straight on
To a psychoanalyst for help
For a shoulder to cry on
To the nearest bar, drink a lot of wine and forget to ask

Maybe London has an excess of Michelin starred restaurants, maybe France is the traditional home of ‘haute cuisine’ but Italy is still the best place to eat in Europe…… Find out for yourself, visit this year and you’ll be shedding kilos in the gym on your return! If you want to travel with the specialists, have a look at the great range of vacations on: http://www.italytraveltours.biz/

Answers: 350/ Tomato/ A dish served as an appetizer/ True but there are many variations/ Piccata/ All of these but the drink is fabulous, even better as a gelato flavour/ Dog and Pig/ Hunter style/ A white wine/ All of them/ A fortified wine from Sicily/I’ve really got no idea, ask an Italian!

A quiz…. how well do you know Venice?

Another in our series of light-hearted travel quizzes. Answers at the bottom of the page but remember, NO CHEATING…..

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One of Europe’s prettiest theatres is in Venice. Is it?

Teatro Massimo
La Strada
La Fenice
Venice Opera House
Teatro Alla Scala

Venice has an international airport called?

Marco Polo
Venezia Internationale
Ciampino
Ryanair European Hub No. 387
Fiumicino

acq

If you visit St. Mark’s Square in winter (Acqua Alta), what should you take?

A camera
Wellington boots
A wallet overstuffed with euros
A wry sense of humour
Some yellow rubber ducks
Most of the above

Which is the most popular in Venetian cuisine?

Pasta
Rice
Fish
Vegetables
Snails

murano

Where does most of the famous coloured glass come from in Venice?

Burano
Hong Kong
Murano
Bohemia
e-Bay
Torcello

What has caused the most toxic damage to Venice’s buildings?

Sea salt
Graffiti
Pigeon poo
Acid rain
Chewing gum
Nuclear fallout

Who of the following was not born in Venice?

Canaletto
Giacomo Casanova
Marco Polo
Leonardo da Vinci
Antonio Vivaldi
Titian

Which of the following is not illegal in Venice?

Roller skates
Skateboards
Prostitution
Scooters
Bikes
Feeding pigeons
Swimming in a canal
Eating in the street

shy

In the 1973 tv movie version of Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’, who plays Shylock?

Sir Alec Guinness
Sir Laurence Olivier
Sir Richard Attenborough
Sir John Mills
Sir Ralph Richardson
Sir John Gielgud

gondola

Why are all gondolas painted black?

To discourage socio-economic competition
To honour victims of the Plague
So they don’t make the water look dirty
The paint prevents damage from sea salt
It’s the cheapest paint available

quad

The ‘quadriga’ (statues of the four horses) was stolen from?

Tripoli
Marseille
Rome
Constantinople
Athens

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Santa Maria della Salute was built?

In tribute to the Doge Pietro X11
In gratitude after the extermination of the plague
As a tourist attraction
By Napoleon Bonaparte for Josephine’s ‘drawing room of Europe’
To celebrate Santa every year at Christmas

L’Anguilla in canna’ is:

A can of jellied eels
Catching, by your teeth, a live eel in a barrel of water blackened with cuttlefish ink
A smoked eel panini sandwich
A Venetian flowering plant originally from the Caribbean
A deviant act, punishable by public flogging

The cheapest gondola ride (per minute/per person) is in:

Stratford-upon-Avon
Venice
Las Vegas

 

“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.”
― Truman Capote

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ANSWERS: La Fenice/ Marco Polo/ Most of the above/ Rice/ Murano/ Pigeon poo/ Leonardo da Vinci/ Prostitution/ Sir Laurence Olivier/ To discourage socio-economic competition/ Constantinople/ In gratitude after the extermination of the plague/ Catching, by your teeth, a live eel in a barrel of water blackened with cuttlefish ink/ Venice