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Italian Proverbs for the New Year

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

Italian parents and grandparents were always there to guide us. Inevitably they always summed up their philosophy of life with a good Italian proverb.  Here are the top Italian proverbs to guide your through 2016 and start your new year off right:

“A ogni uccello il suo nido è bello”  – There’s no place like home

“La filosofia è quella con la quale or senza la quale la vita segue tale è quale”. – No matter what others believe in, live your life your way.

Water under bridge

“Acqua passata non macina più.” – It’s water under the bridge.

“O sta minestra, o sta finestra.” – Take it or leave it.

“La gatta frettolosa fa i gattini ciechi.” – Haste makes waste.Cat

“Far d’una mosca un elefante.” – Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.

“A chi dai il ditto si prende anche il braccio” – Give them a finger and they’ll take an arm.

“L’abito non fa il monaco” – The habit doesn’t make the monk.

“Al bisogno si conosce l’amico.” – A friend in need is a friend indeed.

“Batti il ferro quando è caldo.” – Strike the iron when it’s hot.

Strike Iron

“Cane che abbaia non morde.” – Barking dogs seldom bite.

“Chi cerca trova” – Seek and he shall find.

“Chi fa da se fa per tre.” – If you want to do it right, do it yourself.

“Chi trova un amico, trova un tesoro.” – Finding a friend is like finding a treasure.

“Padrone sono io, ma chi comanda è mia moglie.” – I’m the boss but my wife is in charge.


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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