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Ciao! My name is Danielle, I'm a 21yr old Italian/Mexican College student. I am currently studying Biology/Pre-Vet and hope to go to Vet School. I am a very devout Catholic and have grown up listening to classical and opera music, but also listen to pretty much everything. My Abuelita introduced me to Il Volo when she saw them on American Idol, but the summer of June 2014 was the first time I could attend a concert and meet them. I adore Il Volo and listen to them constantly.

Danielle’s Diaries: May 9, 2016

Ciao everyone!! My semester is almost done, I just have finals week left to get through. And then once those are done

danielle's diaries Il Volo fan and college student.
Il Volo fan and college student.

I’ll be heading up north for a month and a half to complete research for my final senior thesis. It’s been a stressful and very confusing end of the semester. The guys have been and will continue to be a huge help in getting me through it.

My one good friend and I continue to watch videos of them when we’re stressed and need a break. More and more of our other friends have been joining us as well. Recently, we’ve been watching some older funny videos and they are doing a very good job in relieving our stress. One of our new favorite videos is of Piero singing Cielito Lindo in Latin America.

Since we both come from strong Hispanic families we grew up hearing this song a lot and it brought tears to our eyes to hear Piero sing it. It made me think of my Abuelita when she was younger. Unfortunately she now has pretty advanced Parkinson’s, but before she was sick she’d be constantly singing and dancing as she walked around the house. Cielito Lindo was one of her favorites and when I showed her the video of Piero she started crying. She adores the guys, but due to her health I’ve never been able to take her to a concert. She is one of the ones who introduced me to them when she first saw them on American Idol and she has delighted in my growing love for them since then. Speaking of grandparents, the other person who introduced me to them was my Italian Nonno (my mom is Mexican and my dad Italian). He also saw them on American Idol and was very moved by them singing O’ Sole Mio and has bought almost every CD of theirs; which means we listen to them at almost every family gathering. One of my earliest memories of my Nonno is him singing O’ Sole Mio as he walked around the house, so this song has special meaning to me. We were all very excited when he recently discovered that his family is from Abruzzi, from one of the towns right by Montepegano. Needless to say, my entire family is pretty much a family of Il Volovers.

Now back to school stuff, I’ve discovered another way the guys help me! I’ve always listened to their music to help me fall asleep if I need it, but recently I’ve started listening to them in the mornings as I walk to class too. Starting last week my life kind of exploded with projects, meetings, papers and exams. This means that I’ve been averaging about 3-4 hours of sleep a night, which will probably continue through exams. Even with napping when I can, this means I am a very grumpy person most mornings. Well, I found out that if I stick my headphones in as soon as I get up and listen to a select playlist I’ve made of their songs, I am a much happier person who no longer gives everyone I see before 9am a death glare lol!

All right, I should probably get back to work since it is the last day of classes and I am supposed to be proctoring an exam for the Gen Chem students. Hopefully this first group finishes early so I have time to go take a quick nap before the next set comes this afternoon! Ciao ragazzi!! Ti voglio bene!

Danielle’s Diaries ~~ Spring Semester 2016

danielle's diaries Il Volo fan and college student.  Her experience following Il Volo during the Sanremo Music Festival
danielle’s diaries
Il Volo fan and college student.

Ciao everyone!!! It’s so great to be able to write for you again! I apologize I couldn’t write last semester, but it was literally the semester from hell for me. Even though they aren’t all necessarily happy stories, I do have a few stories involving the guys from last semester, but don’t worry, I have happy ones too!!

So, first I’ll start with the sad stuff. I don’t want to depress anyone, but the guys really helped me through some things last semester and I want to share them. To sum most of it up, a guy I’d fallen for and who I thought had fallen for me rejected me for another girl and told me I’m just a sweet friend. Needless to say this was not easy to accept and since it happened in September it did not make my semester begin well. To follow that, I learned my little brother was sick and needed surgery (he’s doing better now), found out a family friend’s cancer was back, my grandpa had a heart attack, and we lost two of our horses. This all happened within the same week plus I had a very heavy load of 18 credits of mainly upper level science classes I was in. I honestly think the only thing that got me through those days was the guys and their music. Every day I’d get back from class, put in my headphones, and just listen to their music until I felt better. And when it got really bad I’d go for an hour or two walk with just me and their music. I definitely owe my sanity to them, I never would have made it through otherwise.

Now, on to happier things!! I have much more free time this semester, so my friend and I (the one I was roommates with freshman year) take at least one night a week where we lay on one of our beds and just watch videos of the guys for almost two hours. It is such a stress relief for us and more and more of our other friends have been joining us and are falling in love with them. I’ve walked into my friends rooms multiple times and caught them with some of the music videos pulled up on their laptops. I’m not sure if you guys have read my concert story for this year (if you haven’t go find it and read it!!) but it was AMAZING!!!! I will never forget that night and neither will my sister, she’ll still call me sometimes to talk about it!

Another quick funny story before I go! Over spring break this year, me and a few friends from school that live by me all got together to make food and have a party. We had pulled pork, enchiladas, beans, guacamole, pizza, cannoli, cake, and wine. And all the food was homemade of course, and I made the pizza and cannoli lol. Well, as we were making them, my one friend and I decided to turn on Il Volo. Next thing you knew the other three girls were dancing around with glasses of wine and I was dancing while putting the pizzas in the oven and rolling out the cannoli dough! Then our one guy friend that was there got back from the store and just stood in the door staring at us. We thought he was going to laugh or tease us, but instead he started pretending to sing along!! It was hilarious!! He’s not nearly as good as the guys of course, but he isn’t bad! He took over the cannoli frying and joined us in our silly dancing around the kitchen. It was a GREAT night!

Now I have to get back to doing my BioStats homework so I can go out with my friends tonight. Ciao ragazzi!! Ti voglio bene!

Danielle’s Diaries

danielle's diaries Il Volo fan and college student.  Her experience following Il Volo during the Sanremo Music Festival
danielle’s diaries
Il Volo fan and college student. Her experience following Il Volo

Ciao guys! Sorry I haven’t written recently, it is the end of the semester for me and I’m in the middle of prepping for finals.  As I’m typing this I’m sitting here proctoring an exam for General Chemistry because I work as a Teacher’s Assistant. The freshmen in Gen. Chem and the other upperclassmen TA’s have grown to like Il Volo since I play their songs every week in lab. So far Beautiful Day and Surrender are the favorites. I haven’t actually had that much time to listen to the guys these past few weeks since I’ve been so busy, some nights I’m only getting 2 or 3 hours of sleep! I can’t believe I’m almost done with my second year of college! I never would have been able to do it without the guys music, it is seriously the only thing that gets me through my bad days. I know that no matter how stressful a class is or how hard an exam was, the beautiful music of Il Volo will always cheer me up and calm me down. Currently favorite song has been Romantica followed closely by Grande Amore, which is probably because my friendship with a guy I like keeps growing and growing, my friends believe he likes me back. Every time I talk to him Romantica plays in my head and I more deeply appreciate all the beautiful love songs the guys have sung. Canzone Per Te is also high on my list now after the release of that AMAZING music video! I showed it to my friends, and they adored it too. They said they are very quickly losing their hearts to these amazing Italians just like I have.

One quick story for you guys, last weekend was absolutely GORGEOUS! Saturday hit 75 degrees so we were spending the day outside in the sun. Around mid-day we decided to take a study break and go to the local ice cream place for some ice cream. My one friend told me to run grab one of my Il Volo CDs since it’s about a 15min drive. So I grabbed We Are Love and we popped it in. We had a minivan full of girls driving down the road with the windows down and blasting Il Volo, it was great! We listened to Beautiful Day, Surrender, Little Things, I Bring You To My Senses, and Historia De Un Amor. You should have heard all of us yelling out the lyrics and laughing and being crazy, it was the most fun we had all week! If only the guys could have joined us, I’m sure they would have loved to have ice cream with 8 crazy college girls, don’t you think? Haha!

Well I’ve got to go now, time to collect the students exams! Until next time, Ciao ragazzi!! Ti voglio bene!

Danielle’s Diaries

danielle's diaries Il Volo fan and college student.  Her experience following Il Volo during the Sanremo Music Festival
Danielle’s Diaries
Il Volo fan and college student. Her experience following Il Volo

Ciao everyone!! It’s been a crazy couple weeks for me! Since it’s close to April Fools I thought I’d tell you about a prank my roommate and I pulled on our friend last year, it involves Il Volo. But first, since many of you haven’t heard the story, let me tell you what happened with Gian, Ignazio, and my hair at the meet and greet, lol.

So after I got my picture with the guys, I turned to Ignazio and was thanking him again and hugging him and just pretty much freaking out. Well, my back was to Gian and my longer than waist length, very thick hair caught his attention. Gian started touching my hair and saying how amazed he was with how long it is and he accidentally caught my already loose ribbon on his sleeve and completely untied it. Ignazio smacked his arm and said “Yes yes, she has beautiful hair, you have your own beautiful hair! Leave hers alone!” Ignazio then turned me around and retied my ribbon and then hugged me again. I still have that ribbon and am never untying that bow! Hehe!

Now for my April Fool’s Day story! My roommate and I last year had a friend who we could tell liked the guys, but she wouldn’t admit it to us. She’d say she liked their music but she wouldn’t admit to liking them like we did. Well when the pictures of the guys with Pope Francis got posted she finally couldn’t contain herself anymore and started gushing about how adorable Gian’s smile was. This gave my roommate and I an absolutely hilarious idea. We printed around 80 wallet sized pictures of Gian, mainly of him smiling but of course we included many speedo ones as well! She had to work the entire morning of April Fool’s Day, and had Chem lab with me in the afternoon. So that morning my roommate and I snuck into her room and tapped pictures all over it. On her door, in her fridge, in her closet, above her bed, on her walls, on her desk, everywhere! We even made streamers of pictures that we hung just inside the door! We had three friends hide in her room to video her reaction and I pretended to just be going to her room with her after we got back from class and videoed from that angle. Her reaction was hilarious!!! She was basically attacked by the streamers as she walked in the door and then she was laughing so hard she could barely look for the other pictures! It took her almost a week before she finally found all the pictures we’d hidden, lol. It was one of the best pranks ever!

One more quick story for you all, I showed the Grande Amore video to two more of my friends and both were literally almost drooling over Piero and Ignazio and when Gian’s mask got pulled off at the end and he smiled both of their jaws literally dropped and the one said “That’s it, a Spiderman kiss is now on my bucket list. He’s so sexy!! How is that even possible?!?” And both friends told me the other day that they have each watched the video at least 20 more times on their own.

I hope you guys enjoyed my adventures again! I have tons and tons of homework to do and I think I’m getting sick, so until next time, Ciao ragazzi!! Ti voglio bene!

Danielle’s Diaries ~~ by Danielle


We have a new feature for you, and we are super excited!  We think you you’re going to love it! 

You remember Danielle–the young lady with the beautifully long hair that Ignazio scolded Gianluca for touching during her Meet and Greet?  She’s going to tell us about life as a college IlVolover.  Enjoy!

~~ Kelly

danielle's diaries

Ciao everyone!! Welcome to Danielle’s Diaries: A glimpse into the life of a college IlVolover. Since this is my first post, I suppose I should tell you a little about myself.

I’m a 20 yr old Mexican/Italian college sophomore from Michigan. I’m studying Biology at Hillsdale College and want to go to Vet School.

My Abuelita introduced me to Il Volo when they did their appearance on American Idol and I immediately fell in love with them. I followed them the best I could for years, as I did not have Facebook, Twitter, anything, lol. But I was never able to attend a concert or meet them until last summer, which was amazing and I can tell you about later if you would like.  Last year, my first year at college, I finally made a Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and fell in love with the guys all over again as I saw the many things they posted. I’m so glad I finally jumped on the social media wagon because all three now follow me on Twitter and I am friends with much of their family on Facebook.

Anyways, last year my roommate also fell in love with them and our room became dubbed the “Il Volo Room”. All our friends quickly were introduced to them and soon fell in love too. We now have a campus full of college girls that adore Il Volo and my friends and I have parties to watch the PBS DVD’s. I have many entertaining stories about this I will slowly share with you all.

As my first story I want to share, let’s start with Sanremo and the week leading up to it. As you can imagine, my friends and I were all very excited to watch the guys perform and were planning parties the different nights of the festival. Well of course that had to be the week all hell broke loose. We each had 2-3 midterms, several papers due; I had a giant Organic Chem lab due, and several people got sick. So it became a frantic race to get our work finished so we could watch the guys perform.

I will never forget that first night of the festival.  We all ended up gathered in my room and had my laptop up muted as we frantically studied while waiting for the guys to appear.  My friend, Gaby, was the one looking at the computer when they walked out, and she screamed and turned the volume all the way up as we all ran to gather around the computer.  We just sat in stunned silence as the beauty of Grande Amore washed over us. By the end of the song we were all crying right along with Gianluca and screaming and cheering so loud they could probably hear us in Italy.

The second and third nights none of us were able to watch, and on the Saturday they won several of us, including me, were actually gone from campus and had to wait for phone calls from friends to find out they won. We were on cloud 9 all week, and the release of their video did not help matters! Let’s just say we will have to borrow notes from people from that Thursday because everything went in one ear and right out the other! And with the release of the album on Spotify this morning you can just imagine how crazy we have been! It will definitely be another Il Volo filled weekend for us!

I hope you guys enjoyed my first little story in the life of a college IlVolover! I look forward to sharing the many fun and crazy antics of my friends and I with you guys! I’m off to dance class now, so until next time, Ciao ragazzi!! Ti voglio bene!