Rome…….an autumn travel photo quiz

Another in our light-hearted series of photo quizzes. A clue is given with each photo. Some are easy some more difficult. Let’s see how well you know Rome! Answers at the bottom of the page.


Don’t stand in the middle when it’s raining

Throw in a coin and you’ll return to Rome

Once a market, meeting place and court, now home to many stray cats!

A beautiful square, full of restaurants. Move 100 metres away and eat better and cheaper

The ‘wedding cake’, love it or hate it

A statue of Marcus Aurelius dominates the centre

Made even more famous in the film ‘Roman holiday’

Honouring the first Christian emperor

They are not Romans

Veal scallops cooked with white wine, sage and prosciutto, the best of Roman food
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The Pantheon/Trevi Fountain/Roman Forum/Piazza Navona/Victor Emmanuel Monument/The Capitol/Spanish Steps/Constantine Arch/Swiss Guard/ Saltimbocca alla Romana

Italian icons……… a photo quiz

A lighthearted quiz to test your knowledge of some of the Italy’s best known ‘icons’. Answers at the bottom of the page.


Michelangelo’s famous sculpture in the Vatican?


A currant biscuit is named after this Nationalist leader?


The ‘gentleman’s’ Ferrari?


Salami, what does the word mean?


Who are the infants that the Capitoline wolf is feeding?


A puppet that comes to life?


The “Topolino” literally as “little mouse” in Italian was made by?


Once ‘The Most Beautiful Woman in the World’?

Parma Ham

It rivals the best Serrano ham from Spain?


He wrote the music for the original ‘spaghetti’ westerns?


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La Pieta/Garibaldi/Maserati/ the word sale (salt),terminated with ‘ame’ (collective plural), all kinds of salted meats/Romulus (founder of Rome and his brother Remus/Pinocchio/Fiat, the cinquecento/Gina Lollobrigida/Parma/Ennio Morricone

Italy……an autumn photo quiz

Try our latest photo quiz on Italy and all things Italian. It’s pretty lighthearted and not too difficult. Answers are at the bottom of the page.

Palio di Siena

The ‘Palio’ horserace takes place in?
a) Florence
b) Padua
c) Siena
d) The Circus Maximus


Aristotle’s theory of gravity was tested by Galileo where?
a) Bologna
b) Trieste
c) Milan
d) Pisa


The Battle of the Oranges takes place where?
a) Ivrea
b) Sanguigne
c) Arancione
d) Valencia


Which Italian lake is the biggest?
a) Garda
b) Maggiore
c) Como
d) Windermere


Italy has borders with how many countries?
a) 4
b) 5
c) 6
d) 7


From which Italian explorer does the country name ‘America’ derive?
a) Polo
b) Vespucci
c) Columbus
d) da Gama


Which emperor built the Colisseum?
a) Nero
b) Caligula
c) Vespasian
d) Augustus

last supper

Which city houses ‘The last supper’ by da Vinci?
a) Milan
b) Turin
c) Vatican
d) Osteria


Where do the majority of St Andrew’s bones reside?
a) St Andrews
b) Amalfi
c) Andropolis
d) Bari


Which Roman emperor put Capri firmly on the tourist map?
a) Julius Caesar
b) Claudius
c) Tiberius
d) Gracie

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Siena/Pisa/Ivrea/Garda/6 (maybe you forgot the Vatican and San Marino…..)/Amerigo Vespucci/Vespasian/Milan/Amalfi/Tiberius

A quiz…… really you know Cinque Terre?

A quiz…… really you know Cinque Terre?

Another light-hearted quiz in our summer series. Answers at the bottom of the page but NO CHEATING!

The Cinque Terre villages are : Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and….?
a) Veneto al Mare
b) Riomaggiore
c) Pescatore Vila
d) Dimenticarsi

In the Cinque Terre, houses are painted in many colours. Why?
a) To make the neighbours jealous
b) To identify individual houses from the sea
c) To encourage foreign tourists
d) In poor years, there was only one paint colour available each year


In October 25, 2011, how many were killed in the famous floods?
a) Nobody
b) 9
c) 90
d) 900
e) Two dogs, sixty rats, seven cats, a three-legged mule and a budgerigar

The villages grew under the military and political supremacy of?
a) Amalfi
b) Genoa
c) Sorrento
d) Little Italy

The ‘Sentiero Azzurro’ is?
a) A brand of beer
b) A dirty old man
c) A footpath
d) A statue of St Mark

Monterosso has a local specialty designated with a Protected Designation of Origin status from the European Union for what?
a) Pecorino cheese
b) Goat’s milk butter
c) Anchovies
d) Razor clams
e) Tripe casserole

Grappa, a local liqueur, is made from?
a) Lark’s vomit
b) Lemon juice
c) A footpath
d) Worms that inhabit the wormwood bark
e) The ‘rubbish’ left after grape pressing

Cinque Terre is, from Turin?
a) North
b) South
c) East
d) West

“Miele di Corniglia,” is?
a) An ice-cream
b) A cake
c) A make of washing machine
d) A pastry cornet stuffed with anchovy cream


Pesto — a local sauce, is made from basil leaves, garlic, salt, olive oil, pecorino cheese and?
a) Tomato
b) Pine nuts
c) Rodents
d) Squash flowers

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Answers: Riomaggiore/ To identify individual houses from the sea/9/Genoa/ A footpath/Anchovies/ The ‘rubbish’ left after grape pressing/south and east/Honey ice-cream/Pine nuts

Italian capitals, cities and places, a photo quiz.

Italian capitals, cities and places, a photo quiz.

Can you identify the following destinations?
Answers are at the bottom of the page but NO CHEATING!

apt 14

Famous for Giotto frescoes


George ‘Clooneyland’


Etna as a backdrop

Milan Italy - @FastLaneMag Travel Tuesday

Fashion centre


Breakfast with a view


Home of several saints


A town of beehives?


The lost city


Home of the Palio


‘’We’ll meet again……’’


“Acqua alta”


Also a Tuscan wine



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Answers: Padua/Lake Como/Taormina/Milan/Positano/ Assisi/Alberobello/Pompeii/Siena/Capri/Venice/Montepuliano

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

Answers at the bottom of the page but NO CHEATING


a) Who’s my ultimate boss (on Earth)?



b) What am I celebrating dressed like this?


c) Who brought tomatoes to Italy?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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


St Peter of Vatican fame was?


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


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


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’


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

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…..


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
Ryanair European Hub No. 387


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?



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

Hong Kong

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

Sea salt
Pigeon poo
Acid rain
Chewing gum
Nuclear fallout

Who of the following was not born in Venice?

Giacomo Casanova
Marco Polo
Leonardo da Vinci
Antonio Vivaldi

Which of the following is not illegal in Venice?

Roller skates
Feeding pigeons
Swimming in a canal
Eating in the street


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


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


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



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:

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

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

 Answers at the bottom of the page but NO CHEATING!


 This type of Italian bread also means ‘slipper’?







 What is common name for the Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino?



Alfa Romeo



 Former currencies of Italy were?

 The ‘franc’

The piastra

The lira

The centesimo

The fiorino

The scudo

All of them

None of them


A literal translation of ‘tiramisù’?

 Put me down

Pick me up

Pull me along

Push me towards you

Measure your waist


 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


Which is the most northerly?







 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


 Which Italian lake is shaped like a banjo?








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







 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


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

 A lie




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.




 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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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!


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


Which is the oldest university in Europe?






How many square miles did the Roman Empire cover?

 Less than half a million

One million

Two million

Three million


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

 Topo Gigio




Football fans in Italy are called tifosi, meaning?

 Typhoid carriers

Babies in nappies

Aggressive hooligans

Ardent fans


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


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?



‘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


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



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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