Un Minuto con…

By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com


Lost in Translation:

This week we honor those Italian business establishments that did their best to capture the foreign tourist’s attention by literally translating Italian into poor English. It’s not an easy task!


Redfish in Crazy water   

translated from “Pesce Rosso a l’acqua Pazza”  fish cooked in water with Olive, tomato and Garlic.

Doctor’s office in Rome:  

“Specialist in women and other diseases

 A laundry in Rome: 

“Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time”

 Dental office in Italy:

“We extract teeth with the latest Methodists”

In an Italian cemetery: 

Persons are prohibited from picking flowers from any but their own graves.

Hotel brochure in Italy: 

This hotel is renowned for its peace and solitude. in fact, crowds from all over the world flock here to enjoy its solitude.

Sign in hotel elevator: 

Please leave your values at the front desk.

Tourist agency: 

Take one of our horse-driven city tours. We guarantee no miscarriages.

Italian department store:

“Our stockings cost more but they are much better on the long run”

“Our shoes are special for street walking” (sandali da passeggio)

These were some of the funny ones that I came across throughout my travels. I am sure that the next generation translators will make use of “Google Translate” and the fun will be over.



The statue by Auguste Rodin that has come to be called the thinker was not meant to be a portrait of a man in thought. It was a portrait of DANTE ALIGHIERI

Rosario Mariani is the owner/CEO of Europe By Choice, which promotes travel to Italy and other select European countries. He has more than 40 years of experience in the travel industry, previously serving as Director of Italy Product for Italiatour and Club ABC Tours, and also in other positions with EuroFly, Alitalia and Air France.

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1 Response to Un Minuto con…

  1. EmilyAnn Frances says:

    I really enjoyed these. There’s an innocence about the mistakes yet some of them do translate as mildly risqué, like the one from the laudromat.

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