il panorama

Ciao a tutti! Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun il panorama (i panorami), which means view or panorama. Remember that even though it ends with an –a, it is a masculine noun. According to the Italian dictionary, it comes from the English word panorama, which comes from Greek meaning all view. Remember that Greek works that end in -ma are masculine (with plurals that end in -i). Do you have a favorite spot in Firenze that showcases some excellent panoramas of the city? If not, today’s example is sure to help!

Uno dei punti migliori da cui osservare la città di Firenze è Piazzale Michelangelo: il panorama che si vede da lì è bellissimo!

One of the best places to observe the city of Florence is the Piazzale Michelangelo: the panorama that you see from there is very beautiful!

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Is there another vantage point in Firenze that you can recommend? If so, leave a comment on our Facebook Group or Twitter!

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