Italian Language/translation


Dear Lauren,  

Can you please tell me if I have translated the following sentence correctly:

Ecco.  Iniziamo da Napoli, poi visitiamo Bologna e prendiamo la direzione di Firenze attraversando l’ Umbrria.

Look here.  We start at Naples, then we will visit Bologna and we will go by way of Florence crossing the Umbria.

I am having an especially frustrating time trying to understand  the best way to translate- “prediamo la direzione di Firenze”.  

I am wondering if my translation - “we will go by way of Florence” (rather than the  literal translation of -  “we will take the direction of Florence”)  is correct or not.

If “yes”, I am also wondering if  - “prendere la direzione di”  is a commonly used phrase in Italy that is used to express - “to go by the way of” ?   

Can you please tell me if this is so?

Thank you very much.



Hi Rich,

Yes I would say that your translation is generally very good. In terms of, "prendiamo la direzione di Firenze", the best way to translate this would be "we will head towards Florence".

Therefore, the whole sentence would translate as:
Look here.  We start at Naples, then we will visit Bologna and we will head towards Florence crossing the Umbria"

"Prendere la direzione di" is the standard way of saying "to head towards".

Hope this helps,
Kind regards,

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Lauren O' Hagan


Although not my mother tongue, I have spoken Italian fluently for more than 12 years so I am very confident to answer any questions about the Italian language. I am also competent in Roman Dialect if there are any questions relating to this.


MA Applied Linguistics First Class Honours in Modern Language Studies (Linguistics, Italian, Spanish) Received the top grade in the whole of UK for GCSE Italian, receiving a letter of congratulations from the Italian Consulate Completed my two-year A Level in 1 year with a grade A country. Carried out many translation jobs for a wide range of clients and topics including self-help, literature and exam papers. For personal reference, I have also translated Federico Moccia's Tre Metri Sopra Il Cielo and 2 of Francesco Totti's book.

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