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IL VOLO NEWS! Ginoble Brothers – a whole lotta sugar & a little bit of salt! by Giovanna

I know many of you have already seen an article or video of Star Rosetano’s interview with Gianluca on December 30, 2020. God bless all of the Facebookers and fan pages who are so prompt to get this stuff posted as soon as it happens.  I’m not that diligent, or timely, but I thought I’d do a fresh translation with a little color commentary.

First, though, an important message.  Gianluca and Ernie Ginoble posted last week that they both tested positive for COVID-19.  Baruch HaShem (that’s Hebrew for “Thank God”), neither is seriously ill.  They are both isolated in Gian’s house to protect their parents and their Nonno Ernesto.   Given how close the Ginoble family is, isolation is probably hard on the boys.  We don’t yet have information on whether Ignazio and Piero were exposed or even recently tested.  Here’s what Gian had to say:

“My brother and I have tested positive forCOVID-19.  Actually, we are at home isolated from the rest of the family and are doing well. Despite the care and precaution we’ve adopted, we did not escape this virus.  So, I seriously recommend that everyone pay maximum attention, wear a mask, respect the rules and social distancing.  Only by working together will we be able to overcome this dark period in our history.”

On a positive note, we now know that Digital Journal (that’ the internet news “supercenter”) selected Il Volo’s Radio City Music Hall concert last February as the worldwide best concert in 2020.  Gian, who has a close relationship with the local and regional media people in Abruzzo, was interviewed by Luca Maggitti right after this news reached them.

Before I translate Gian’s December interview, I thought I would enlighten our readers about the unpredictability of using automatic computer translations.  I very much appreciate everyone who posts or translates on any of the Il Volo fan pages, even when they use computer translation software.   But let me give you an example of what happens when you trust these crazy tools too much.  We can even have a little Italian lesson while we’re at it. 

Last year, I saw an automatic translation of an interview question to Ignazio, where he was asked what he does when he gets home from a tour.    He described how he appreciates ordinary things like doing the laundry, and “portare in giro il cane”.  That’s the Italian idiom for “walking the dog.”   But that got translated by a computer, literally and humorously, as “carrying the dog around.”   I don’t think Ignazio meant to say he was carrying his dog around town in his arms.  Then again, knowing how fond he is of his Arturo, maybe Igna wanted to carry him! 

Translation: “While I was shut in the house for a week and a half, it was he who kept me company.  Arturo!” (Also note that there’s a graphic of Arturo on the living room wall).

Besides, when Arturo was a new pup, he had a little problem responding to the leash, so maybe Igna had to carry him sometimes!

Then again, maybe it’s because Ignazio is a Sicilian (even if he does live in Bologna)?  The last time I spent part of the summer in Sicily, my landlord also “carried” one of his dogs around.  When I saw him going up and down the second-floor stairs with his dog in his arms, I yelled over the muro di pietra (stone wall) of my terazza to ask what he was doing, and he responded, “Cosa pensi che sto facendo?  Sto portando in giro il cane.”  “What do you think I’m doing?  I’m walking the dog.”  Between gasps and laughing, all I could say was, “Beh, stai davvero camminando, e quello è davvero un cane. “Well, you really are walking, and that really is a dog.”

It turns out one of my landlord’s little twin dogs (who look just like Roberta Morise’s little doggie on the beach here with Igna) was totally blind.  His other little one had no teeth (as my landlord says “proprio como il suo padrone” “just like his owner”).  I couldn’t pass up a joke, and blurted out, “Con loro due hai quasi un cane intero.” “Between the two of them you almost have one whole dog.”

We were both Sicilians, so we could tease each other and get away with it.  Va tutto bene tra paesani (It’s all OK among us paesanos).  Besides, my landlord was an Il Volo fan, so we could forgive each other nearly anything. 

Speaking of Sicilians, have you ever noticed what Piero does when Ignazio says he’s from Bologna?  I saw an Italian TV interview about a year ago, which was pretty typical.  When Igna says he’s Bolognese, Piero does the exaggerated eye roll and Sicilian hand gestures, and smarts off: “Mostra dal tuo accento quanto sei bolognese.” “Yeah, it shows from your accent how Bolognese you are.”  Igna normally speaks formal northern Italian, but with a Sicilian accent, and switches seamlessly and at will into heavy Sicilian dialect.  You can hear him on stage or on TV, saying things like “cu” (“who”) and “iddu” “(he”) “che beddu” (“how cute he is” – this can be very ironic) and “schiacciando i cabazizzi” (I’m not translating that one). 
The TV show I saw was the same one, by the way, where Gianluca wouldn’t tell the name of his current sweetheart, then ran off the stage with the interviewer after telling her she looks just like her.    The other two (you know who) had a field day with that. 
Piero lapses into Sicilian, too, when it’s convenient.  Our Daniela has at least once caught Piero calling Igna, “cumpa” (Sicilian for neighbor or buddy).  That was the time this past summer when, early one morning, Piero pulled a prank on video, convincing Igna he had to get up to go do a non-existent interview.   When Igna figured out that he “veniva preso in giro” was “being taken for a ride” he exercised the top row of his keyboard really well ($#@%&#*!!)

On to the Gianluca interview.

Here’s a link to Luca Maggitti’s Facebook post of a short live interview with Gianluca on December 29, which was an intro or “teaser” for an article that followed in print the next day.  The interview clip appears near the top of Luca’s Facebook page.  I translate it below.

https://www.facebook.com/lucamaggitti/posts/10225325771437530

Luca: Roseto degli Abruzzo, two days until the end of this unbelievable year 2020.  We greet our friend Gianluca Ginoble of Il Volo.  Gianluca, with the pier of Montepagano, the Pier of Roseto, at your back.
Gian:  The most relaxing, peaceful place in our little town.
Luca:  We had a little chat, thanks to you making yourself available, to re-evaluate, three days after the splendid concert that blew away everyone who heard it at Saint Peter’s Square at Christmas, and four days after your concert at Radio City Music Hall was named the best concert of 2020.  We are seeing you here for a quick visit preceding the written interview which we’ll publish tomorrow.  So, at year end, with Gianluca.  We ‘re having a little chat with Gianluca on these 10 years he has lived so intensely.  For our friends, what are your thoughts to lead off this chat we’ve had?
Gian:  To start off, I send greetings to all who are watching us.  Apart from the last few things we’ve done, I’m very pleased with the success of this Christmas concert we did, especially because it permitted us a moment of thoughtfulness, a smile, given this totally strange year that unfortunately struck all of us.  So, I want to say it has been a real “mouthful” for us to return to singing at a place as magical as that (St. Peter’s Square).   So, it was like a gift for us, who wanted to return this gift to all Italians and all the people who follow us.  About those 10 years, as I told you, this is the thousandth interview we’ve done, but you are my favorite reporter.
Luca:  You’re too kind.
Gian:  I’ve already told you many, many things about how my life has changed, without regrets and in unexpected ways.  I have gone from a child prodigy to the guy, the man, I am today.  In just two months, I’ll be 26 years old.

Luca: So, with this meeting I wanted specifically . . .   (Gian interrupts to say “Hi, good evening” to some passersby who recognize him) . . . to capture the effect of your greeting and your smile and Montepagano, and the pier on the sea; to offer best wishes for a good year.  Because never before, as much as this year, have we had such a need to wish that the next year (2021) would be better than this unbelievable year.  Thank you, Gianluca.  Delighted to have you. 
Gian:  I send a virtual hug and a greeting to everyone, hoping that 2021 will be truly better than this past year which unfortunately, as I said, has hit us not only at the working level but also at the emotional level.  Because it has been a really heavy thing to endure a whole year that made us more vulnerable, and also forced us to be more motivated.  So, a hug to everyone, and let’s hope that we will soon resume doing concerts.  Because the moment that we return to doing concerts, it will mean that things have returned to normal.  So, see you soon.  Ciao.

Next, here’s a link to the Roseto.com article, which I’ve also translated below.

https://www.roseto.com/scheda_news.php?id=18632&fbclid=IwAR1iz0J8tgOvZAJXC8xHVbTJJvlW2YKUyxFzyYr_UQOYB1OYfqp1QnNYG1s

 

GIANLUCA GINOBLE: 10 ANNI DI CARRIERA, 10 TOUR MONDIALI

Gianluca Ginoble: A 10-Year Career and 10 World Tours

Interview with the Rosetana star, who talks about past concerts and the desire to return to performing in front of audiences around the world. 

Roseto degli Abruzzi, Wednesday, 30 December 2020 – 11:30 am

 

Gianluca Ginoble – 10 years of career and 10 world tours with Il Volo.  What does this mean for a young man, 25 years old, who as a boy left the ancient village of Montepagano?
“The happiness of having turned my passion into my job.  Not everyone has this great privilege in life. This fills my heart with joy and makes sense of everything.”

Looking at certain photos it seems like seeing you in a movie, given the importance of the characters and the exceptional nature of the audiences.
“I was thinking about it recently, sitting at the table with my family. During the Christmas holidays, I often return in my memory to many beautiful moments and retell them (to the family).  And when I remember certain moments, it feels almost like a fairy tale.  Sometimes I’d like to pinch myself and ask myself, “But did it all really happen?”

So, you think back to these first 10 years, what is the greatest feeling?
“The awareness that everything really happened, enhanced by the slight naiveté of someone who’s still struggling to believe it.  As long as I keep this youthful honesty, I will have the strength to do better and better.

After touring the world 10 times in 10 years, do you have a kind of “super-list” of the most beautiful emotions you experienced? “The greatest emotion of all is the unbelievable sight of countries and peoples in the world so different from each other in everything – culture, traditions, food, religion, behaviors – but united by their passion for our musical genre.  From the composed and attentive Japanese audiences to the most passionate and unleashed South American ones, the common thread is our songs. This is really incredible, because I think it is also the strength of bel canto, which manages to unite people who appear to be extremely different”.

At Christmas you achieved a huge television success with the concert on Rai 1. A few days earlier, the Digital Journal, the world’s information network, had selected as the best concert of the year 2020 your concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York, held on February 6.  If you had to recall, (what were) three special concerts for you in these 10 years?
“Every concert is special to me, because it’s a blessing.  I love singing, and in this long period of downtime, I sing every day, at home.  So, when I have the pleasure of doing it for the public it’s always a wonderful time for me.  But if you want to rank them, of course we start from that concert in New York, which received a very important recognition that surprised and honored us.  Then, after that memory, I would like to recall the beauty of two concerts held at opposite ends of the world: the one at Bunkamura in Tokyo and the one at Luna Park in Buenos Aires. In Japan the audience was extremely calm, quiet, very attentive.  In Argentina there was a much “hotter” and more visceral atmosphere. The thing that links these two concerts is the passion of those who came to listen to us and, therefore, the magic of seeing very different (types of) people united by music.”

 

For many months, the Covid-19 pandemic has paralyzed the world, as far as cultural and musical activities. How are you getting through this period?
“With the affection of my family and in the serenity of Montepagano.  We must wait for the pandemic to pass and for conditions to be safe for everyone.  This is the only way can we return to concerts and being happy again, united by the music that for me is the oxygen of my life”.

Thinking about when you’re on tour, what are the things you now miss most?
“Humanly speaking, the habit of travelling and the pleasure of always adapting to the new circumstances, the tears of joy of the public, the facets and sensations that the work I do – which is the most beautiful in the world – gives me.  Professionally speaking, it’s my reflections on how I did and how the concert was, after each performance.”

Do you really do performance analysis after each concert?
“Yes, it is very important out of respect for those who come to listen to us and for my continual improvement. One thing that strikes me is the ability I have developed, in recent years, to perceive the reactions of the audience to our concerts and, specifically, to my performance.  I think I have the right empathy to feel people’s emotions when I sing.”

And your empathy, I think born of artistic sensitivity, what does it tell you?
“It tells me whether the public liked something or not, whether I could have done it better.  I am extremely self-critical and this allows me to understand if everything went well, or when and where I could do better. And, with a little presumption, I’ll tell you that I’m rarely wrong.  So, when I tell myself after a concert that I could have done this or that thing better, I work hard to do it better at the next show.  And on a 50-date world tour, continuous improvement is possible and necessary.”

By looking at yourself in such a self-critical and analytical way, in these 10 years you must also have learned some lessons or acquired values. Which are the most important?
“While acquiring self-awareness, learning to manage your own emotions and feelings, avoiding any authoritarianism.  Then the strength to believe in ourselves to transmit trust to the people around you and who share this wonderful and demanding journey with you.  Because there is always a need for security, and we who are the leaders of a project must be an example, certainly remaining humble but aware of our value, specifically to protect the beauty of what we’ve built and to protect all those who are part of our home.” (Author’s note:  Besides meaning Italy, “home” refers to the many who depend upon Il Volo for their livelihood.  These three young men have a strong sense of responsibility for their entire team and staff).

You speak like someone older than your 25 years, a sign that 10 years around the world has made you grow older than your age…

 “I think it is the result of a path of growth, of books read and people who enrich you with their thoughts and their examples.  I think there’s always a reason for success.  And if success – excuse the pun – continues to happen (Author’s note:  In Italian, “succcesso” means “success”, but also means “happened”), there is a reason. So, because for so many people you are a point of reference, while remaining a human being and therefore vulnerable, you have to do everything to be a positive example, a charismatic leader who transmits security and serenity. Of course, this is a journey and I have learned it over the years.  At first, I was shyer and more reserved, but then the world tours and experiences tempered me, I think positively.”

From your personal archive, you have selected 19 photos to share with us of concerts held in New York, Verona, Rio de Janeiro, Budapest, Buenos Aires and Montreal.  What’s your wish for the year to come?
“My desire is to be able to return to re-live those wonderful moments.  My hope is that this will happen as soon as possible, because it would mean a world healed and restored.  To quote the great Lucio Dalla: “I’m getting ready.”  

Happy New Year.
“Best wishes for a better year for all, with all my heart.”

Interview by Luca Maggitti

Our prayers and thoughts go out to the Ginobles for all their health.  Flight Crew will post again if we hear any more on all our guys.  

Credit to owners of all photos.

A PERFECT POSTCARD by Valeria Bosch

When my dear friend Valeria Bosch writes, she manages to amaze us with her words, because she interprets exactly the feelings and emotions of all of us Il Volo fans.
I just wanted to add photos and give even more importance to these beautiful words and in particular, to make sure that Flight Crew friends who don’t have Facebook could read it.
Thanks Valeria for your beautiful work.
Happy reading to all: Daniela 😘

 

Il Volo by St. Peter, Rome, Christmas 2020.

We were anxiously waiting for the postcard promised by Rai Uno, with wishes from Il Volo for this disarming Christmas 2020. And it arrived on time, very short (just 10 minutes), but, perhaps also thanks to this brevity, with the seal of perfection: perfect for the purpose for which it was designed, perfect for the setting, unique in the world, perfect for the voices of the three young performers who seem to improve, as if it were a precious vintage wine, every time that you have the privilege of hearing them.

At the beginning, the skillful zoom of the operator introduces us to the magic of a city immersed in darkness, from which suddenly a huge luminous area emerges, in which one of the most famous places in the world is immediately recognized, symbol of the eternal city, an icon of catholicity itself, the Basilica of St. Peter, which with its unmistakable dome and Bernini’s colonnade, seems to welcome all humanity in a warm embrace.

A play of spaces, shapes, lights and colors that in itself causes a state of emotion, a commotion that is heightened when on an improvised stage, in the square in front (Piazza Papa Pio XII), appear the singers of Il Volo, who in succession interpret three of the most famous Christmas songs: “Adeste fideles” in Latin, “O Holy Night” in English, “Astro del ciel” in Italian. As always, they are beautiful and elegant, but today there is something more, perhaps the suggestion of the songs sung, all dedicated to the arrival on earth of Jesus the Redeemer, draws in them a more absorbed expression, more concentrated than usual.

Gian has on his face a kind of tenderness, of affection, which he transmits in whoever looks at him and listens; Ignazio a deep emotion that puts his lips on a smile and a deep joy in his eyes; Piero is serious, concentrated, he also leaks both emotion and affection. And the magic circle of perfection closes when they begin to sing: in all three pieces, they sing now individually, now by concerting their voices, in a game of exchange of parts that is calibrated, studied in the smallest passages.
We are enchanted by Gian’s voice which, although it has always been the most velvety, the most swing of the group, has reached an even greater depth, with a softness and sinuosity that both amaze and enchant.

Piero clearly shows the continuous and tireless study to which he dedicated himself in this last period, his voice is more and more ductile, more elastic and more powerful at the same time: he supports the low notes (final of “Astro del ciel”) with the same ease with which he reaches the highest tones (astonishing the acute in the ending of “O Holy Night”).

And Ignazio sings for his part in the passages to the high notes, when the song must vibrate even more and must penetrate deeply into the soul of the listener. His voice has also matured, his high notes are powerful, his passages perfect, always marked, as he usually does, by the movement of his beautiful hands, which in effect become yet another instrument of the orchestra.

“Beauty will save the world,” wrote F. Dostoevskij, a lucky phrase that was then used with multiple meanings by various writers, philosophers and theologians. But the great Russian novelist was referring to the beauty of faith, which alone can save man and his destiny. And the beauty of faith is expressed above all through art, painting, sculpture, music (J. Ratzinger).
I reflected on this, looking enchanted at the “postcard” sent from St. Peter’s . . . the work of art, fruit of the highest genius of man, with those arms outstretched to contain humanity, the light that sprang suddenly from the dark city, an almost allegory of the dark moment we are experiencing, at the bottom of which, however, there will be a return to light; the purity and at the same time the high mastery of three angelic voices, raised to celebrate the Savior’s arrival, made me feel almost in front of a small miracle, a miracle of beauty and harmony.

A show that, when compared with the current deterioration of the Italian musical offer, makes us understand why, every time these guys appear, so many people stop to admire them. To get excited, to dream, to hope.
Many thanks for the video.

Thanks to the excellent screen shot work of Il Volo Sicilia!

Credit to owners of all photos and video.

IL VOLO FROM PIAZZA PIO XII by Daniela

It is Christmas day 2020 and the magnificent voices of Il Volo rise in Piazza PIO XII, in front of the splendor of the Vatican and St. Peter’s Square.
Let’s enjoy this beautiful Christmas show.

What can I say . . . Epiphany is far away but three princes have arrived in Rome.
A riot of voices and elegance, Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio sang three great Christmas classics with ardor and skill.
Superb performance that warms our hearts so much in this difficult year.
Here are their words:
GIAN = Good evening, on this very special day, in which, even if we are close, we are forced to stay away, we wanted to find a way to wish you a Merry Christmas.
IGNA = We did it in the way that best represents us, with music, in this extraordinary square, where it seems to be surrounded by two welcoming arms.
PIERO = The hope is that Christmas with its magic can bring a smile to your homes and warm your hearts. For our part, we will dedicate to you, every note and every word, of this Holy night.
GIAN = Merry Christmas.
IGNA = Happy New Year
PIERO = Good Life, from Il Volo and RAI 1.
But now I want to reveal something about the background of this beautiful event.
The video, directed by RAI, was recorded in the late evening of December 19th.
The square has already been prepared since the evening of the 18th.

On the 19th at 8 pm, Piero Ignazio and Gianluca arrived. First they underwent the rehearsals and then the final recording which was broadcast by RAI 1, the Italian national channel.
It was really very cold and to do the recording we saw, the guys were in the cold from 8pm until midnight. The cold was bitter and you can tell from the photos of the rehearsal.
The event was attended too by a good photographer,  Giorgio Algherini, who took magnificent photos documenting the event. His photos have been around the world, but it is worth thinking about seeing them again!

(Click on each photo below to view a larger version.)

And this short video of the rehearsal.
When I saw these photos, I immediately went to the Facebook page of the photographer Algherini and I immediately noticed his nice comment :
“Nothing to add, only esteem for these guys.”
At this point I wanted to know something more, I contacted him and asked him if he had already had the opportunity to personally know Il Volo, and here is what he replied:
“I was very impressed by the guys, very simple but very professional, I had already seen them at a Clerici program, fantastic, unfortunately I have never attended one of their concerts but I promise that I will go to the next one.”
So I complimented him on his photos and told him they would go around the world.
Perhaps he did not know the potential of Volofamily, in fact after a few days he published this thanks:
“A very special thank you as 2021 will be very special for all of you groups and private fans of IL VOLO that had shared my photos and the small clip around the world, even today a share has arrived from Japan that I thank even more, I knew that the three boys were famous, but not so in world-wide!
A hug, thanks again.”
Well, Giorgio Algherini, congratulations on your work and we look forward to seeing you at a concert and you will further realize the skill of Il Volo and the affection they enjoy from all over the world.

Naturally, the Italian newspapers also talked about the  event and Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, each from their Facebook pages, have posted this message:
On the evening of December 25th on Rai1official, we will sing in Piazza Pio XII, three wonderful Christmas classics.
An idea born because the Christmas we will experience this year will inevitably be different and we wanted to find a way to wish everyone happy holidays.
The splendid square that will be the setting for our exhibition will make the atmosphere even more suggestive and enchanted and we can’t wait to share it with you!
Here are a few more moments of the rehearsals registered by Giorgio Griego.

 

and then again …
It was a really good moment, too bad it’s already over.
After a long time, we enjoyed hearing their beautiful voices, especially at such a meaningful moment.
But how long will we still have to wait before we can still rejoice together during their beautiful concerts?
Piero Ignazio and Gianluca wanted to greet us with a comforting message, here it is.
GIAN = Hello friends from Verona.
IGNA = We should have seen each other in 2020, but we are ready to bring you a lot more music in 2021.
PIERO = See you soon: Happy Holidays.
Thanks to Il Volo for this beautiful Christmas gift.
As I have already said, three princes have arrived in Rome and have given us the gold of their voices.
And thanks also for the nice final message you gave us, I’ll be there at the Arena and with me many Volo-friends !!
See you soon ❤❤❤
Daniela

“The day will come when
in the inside pocket of a jacket,
inside the inside pocket of a bag
or in the glove compartment of the car
we will find, forgotten,
a crumpled old mask.
Looking at her
we will rub it in our hands
how to make sure
that I really lived that long nightmare.
As we close our hands, crumple those distant memories, we will breathe deeply free
to emphasize ourselves
how beautiful life is.” ❤️

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

NATALE WITH IL VOLO by Daniela

Yes, after days of silence or old videos, finally, something new is happening.
There will be a nice surprise for Christmas day!
Piero has published this short video, which portrays him and Ignazio traveling, united, by train ……. destination ????
Immediately the fans began to investigate and among the various searches this news came out.

 

This news concerns the schedule of Rai 1’s Christmas day and if you read it carefully, you will see that at 08:30 pm (Italian time), there will be 15 minutes of connection with Il Volo from Piazza S. Pietro in the Vatican-Rome.
So, Piero and Ignazio were probably traveling from Bologna to Rome to rehearse or record this beautiful event. Gianluca will come from a different and shorter road, but he will also be arriving.
What a nice surprise !!
In fact, the news was confirmed by this announcement of a Facebook page “TV Guide” which informs about upcoming television programs, and that I translate for you.
PREVIEW OF IL VOLO: AT CHRISTMAS IN THE VATICAN AND ON RAI UNO
Among the many television presentations arriving in the coming days there is also the performance of Il Volo in St. Peter’s Square scheduled for the evening of 25 December. It will last a quarter of an hour and will be broadcast by Raiuno at 8.30 pm, immediately after Tg1 at 8 pm. Gianluca Ginoble, Ignazio Boschetto and Piero Barone will wish us a Merry Christmas by singing the classics of the Holidays.

We will see our dear Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero on Christmas Day, from the beautiful Piazza S. Pietro. Despite the anti-Covid rules, it will be a nice event in a Christmas atmosphere different from other years, but no less meaningless.
Even if the Covid situation raises a lot of concern around the world, here in Italy the tension is a little relaxed, even if we are always subjected to very strict rules, in particular always mandatory masks and distancing. From day 13, only one region remained orange, which means medium risk and that is Abruzzo. For this reason, the Abruzzo Region has published this video of Gianluca with this appeal:
Here are the words of Gianluca:
Hi everyone, I’m Gianluca Ginoble from Il Volo.
We all have a great responsibility, which is to secure fragile people, the elderly, but also young people suffering from pathologies, who without knowing it, every day, come into contact with positive asymptomatic people.
You too can participate in the Abruzzo Region screening project, only in this way, by doing our part, will we be able to contain the virus.
We need each of us, and you too. 

Christmas is approaching, so let’s listen to this beautiful concert done in Assisi in 2013.

And now let’s laugh a little with this short video that I saw on Katrina Angelus Facebook.
Well, despite all our serious thoughts due to the current situation, let’s try to see the light, at the end of this year to forget.
We remember the beautiful moments of love and collective union, hoping that soon they will not be just a good memory.
Daniela 

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

THE SUPPORT OF IL VOLO by Daniela

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.

il Resto del Carlino Article – Click Here

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.

IL VOLO

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 !! ❤❤❤
Daniela

 

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