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Italian term or phrase:pietra serena
English translation:pietra serena
Entered by: Grace Anderson
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09:38 Feb 16, 2001
Italian to English translations [PRO]
Italian term or phrase: pietra serena
marmo, granito e pietra serena.

what stone is this?
Amy Taylor
United States
Local time: 17:13
pietra serena
Explanation:
Esistono due tipi di Pietra serena.
la prima è un tipo di arenaria facilmente sfaldabile e quindi un tipo di "sandstone";
ma la seconda, quella utilizzata in scultura, soprattutto peeer sbalzi e intagli, è molto più dura della prima e non è un tipo di arenaria.
il secondo tipo, rimane "PIETRA SERENA " anche in Inglese.
Buon lavoro
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giogi
Local time: 00:13
Grading comment
Thanks everyone - very helpful. Giogi's explanation cleared up which one this text intends; the latter. Thanks for all the references!
3 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
na +1sandstonexxxdsmith
napietra serenagiogi
na"pietra serena"
Elena Nissen Villoresi
napietra serenaAnnie Robberecht, C. Tr.
naPietra serena sandstone
Jasmina
napietra serena standstonexxxdsmith
naSuggestion:
Gary Presto
napietra serena
Giles Watson


  

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2 mins peer agreement (net): +1
sandstone


Explanation:
Hi
Logos dictionary gives sandstone. But said dictionary often has to be taken with bucketloads of salt.
Derek

xxxdsmith
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Lucia De Rocco
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7 mins
pietra serena standstone


Explanation:
Erm yeah, looks like it's a type of sandstone (checked a website)


    Reference: http://www.sandstone-resources.com
xxxdsmith
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7 mins
Suggestion:


Explanation:
Hi - because "sereno" can mean "clear" in the sense of weather or the sky, is it possible that this term refers to a precious stone that is clear, even diamond-like in transparency, or clear-blue? If so, maybe you can render the translation with «pietra di blu trasparente», or «pietra trasparente di blu (or d'azzurro)», etc.

Good luck - Gary. :-)


    IT-EN Translator
    Webster's New World IT-EN Dictionary
Gary Presto
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36 mins
Pietra serena sandstone


Explanation:
I agree with DSmith:

"There were two types of pietra macigno: pietra serena and pietra bigia, sandstones composed of quartz, silicates and mica, with shiny flakes. Pietra serena is a light sky blue in color" - see reference


    Reference: http://www.firenze.turismo.toscana.it/apteng/itinerari/brune...
Jasmina
United Kingdom
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3 hrs
pietra serena


Explanation:
When I was translating "Tuscany Interiors" for Taschen a couple of years ago, I left the Italian name of this stone in the English version.
It is, as some of the other contributors have pointed out, a kind of local sandstone.


    Tuscany Interiors, Benedikt Taschen Verlag, Koeln, 1998
Giles Watson
Italy
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3 hrs
pietra serena


Explanation:
I would certainly use "pietra serena" in italics and add a footnote explaining its unique characteristics. Architects will know what it is.

SEE:
The partners include the district council of Firenzuola and eight private entrepreneurs working in the sector of “pietra serena”, a local grey stone often used in the past by Italian Renaissance artists but today confined to paving historic centres.

Up until a few decades ago the work of the stone-cutters was carried out using a local material, pietra serena, a compact sandstone which was extracted from quarries scattered throughout the area.

(Pietra Serena is a fine-grained dark gray limestone)

a local sandstone that is steel-gray in color

ALSO:
Buxy Blue or Pietra Serena

EXAMPLES of ENGLISH TEXTS USING THE ITALIAN TERM:
... pietra serena quarries

Museum use the following descriptions:
Annunciation
c. 1435
Gilded pietra serena, 218 x 168 cm
Santa Croce, Florence



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Annie Robberecht, C. Tr.
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15 hrs
pietra serena


Explanation:
Esistono due tipi di Pietra serena.
la prima è un tipo di arenaria facilmente sfaldabile e quindi un tipo di "sandstone";
ma la seconda, quella utilizzata in scultura, soprattutto peeer sbalzi e intagli, è molto più dura della prima e non è un tipo di arenaria.
il secondo tipo, rimane "PIETRA SERENA " anche in Inglese.
Buon lavoro


    xxx
giogi
Local time: 00:13
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
PRO pts in pair: 176
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Thanks everyone - very helpful. Giogi's explanation cleared up which one this text intends; the latter. Thanks for all the references!
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1 day 20 hrs
"pietra serena"


Explanation:
its is a type of very hard gray/blue sandstone typically used around tuscany and in Florence were I am from. I would keep it in Italian and in Italilics. It would be too generic if you used the term sandstone and would not give justice to "pietra serena".

Buon lavoro,
Elena

Elena Nissen Villoresi
Italy
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