Il Volo often offers its support for actions that we are sometimes not aware of. I was reading various news items when one came to my attention.
The newspaper article headline:
“Italy nominates the porticoes of Bologna for UNESCO recognition.”
I immediately thought: Bologna = Il Volo, because we all know that Piero, Torpedine, Ignazio and family live in Bologna.
So I looked for other news related to this topic and I found a newspaper article that headlines:
“Bologna, porticoes protected by Unesco. Il Volo and Rizzoli support the candidacy.”
I translate for you what the article below says.
The VIPs to support the candidacy of the porticoes of Bologna to Unesco heritage. Many, from Luca Carboni to Cesare Cremonini, from Gianni Morandi to Cristina d’Avena (Italian singers) and Stefano Accorsi (Italian actor), should be contacted.
Not to mention that Il Volo, Nicola Rizzoli (referee) and Andrea Roncato (actor) have already given their availability. Il Volo explains why.
Both live in the metropolitan area of Bologna, Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto, two of the three members of the award-winning musical group Il Volo (the third is Gianluca Ginoble). The first lives in the center, the second in the province and he was also born there in Bologna, but there is no distance to their acute “amore” (Grande, of course) for the porticoes of Bologna. “Will they call us for events and initiatives to support the candidacy for UNESCO heritage? We will absolutely be there, we promise,” they assure in unison.
What significance do the porticoes have for you?
Ignazio Boschetto: “I have wonderful memories, the Sunday morning walks with the family, in the center under the porticoes. And then Lucio Dalla always mentions the porticoes in his songs, I think of ‘Le Rondini’. A great emotional value, as well as in Bologna I also lived in a small village, Molinella, where I remember under the porticoes there was a lady who made fresh pasta. Down there we bought tortellini. And then at night they are wonderful, if I could, I would always take long walks.”
Piero Barone: “The porticoes in Bologna save you. I love running and practically from via Indipendenza to San Luca, even in the rain, you can move around protected by the porticoes, in a great way. The porticoes represent the beauty of Bologna, a unique city that manages to make you feel at home. And that of the porticoes is like an embrace.”
What is your portico of the heart? Is it linked to any particular experience?
Piero: “The hilly part of the portico of San Luca. With my friends we go for a run on that wonderful stretch and when we are down we take a smoothie all together. Very beautiful. Then of course, there are also others, such as the porticoes of via Santo Stefano and those at the corner of via Righi and via Alessandrini: if you throw a high note there an incredible rumble comes out.”
What would you say to the UNESCO judges to promote the candidacy?
Ignazio: “The love of Parisians for the Eiffel Tower is personal, like the love of the Bolognese, I believe linked to the porticoes for that sense of protection. And they are unique.”
Piero: “Bologna is the only city in the world where there are 38 kilometers of porticoes. It is unique and they deserve to be protected.”
But what exactly are we talking about? The porticoes of Bologna are one of the symbols of the city. It is a long construction of about 42 km that from the city center leads to the sanctuary of S. Luca.
On January 21, 2020, the decision of the Governing Council of the Italian National Commission for Unesco was approved, together with the Minister of Cultural Heritage. However, we will have to wait another year to know the outcome of the candidacy.
Let’s not forget that the porticoes of Bologna were the background in the video of the beautiful WE ARE LOVE !!
We also recall that in 2017, Il Volo shot an advertising spot, right in Piazza S. Stefano, with the beautiful porticoes in the background.
Here are the photos of some moments of that commercial for Ferrero Rocher (Nutella).
And below is the video of “Golden Symphony: Una Navidad Dorada” which aired in Mexico in December 2017.
At the beginning of the video we see Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca strolling in front of the porticoes of Bologna.
The views of Bologna are really beautiful.
But, if you have time, also enjoy the whole event, with the beautiful songs of our boys.
Very well guys, this affection for the city that hosts you does you a lot of honor.
And it is nice that you have given your availability to support this UNESCO candidacy.
Bologna and all of Italy could not have better ambassadors than you: Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca !! ❤❤❤
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