Flight: “Now the Grammy ‘
Guests in Bari of Panorama of Italy , Ignazio, Piero and Gianluca Flight recount the successes of a whole career on the rise, with some still dream in the drawer: “Filling the stadiums with our music and winning a Grammy”
“In America we are with 2 albums in Top5, ranking first in the classical and early in the pop – Ignatius explains in Bari, guestPanorama of Italy and his companions – We received a tweet from Britney Spears , I gave five to Steve Tyler, Lady Gaga made a selfie with us and filled us with compliments. ” A spell began on the stage of leave you a song and literally burst on to the Ariston, managed to transform a dream into reality : “We could not imagine a or two years ago that one day we filled the Arena – continues Gianluca – Greater love has changed my lifeand has given us the opportunity to create a repertoire and win a lot of people. ” Not to mention the increasingly strong affection of the fans, as told by Piero, it is made ”by 80% of girls and 20% of adults. Three generations that follow our concerts. ” Yet not everything that glitters is gold, as quell’Eurovision touched with a finger : “It was a small disappointment. We were first in the televoting, but the jury did not make us win, and there It is anger. And who comes back there? “ . The future, however, it’s all for them, between the desire to stay together for a long time (“Why we should split up and destroy all the more beautiful?”) And a final grand prize to be won: the Grammy.
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Let’s see…who lives here?
Nice flashback, Lynn. When our boys were Babes in New York. Cutest faces ever!
Well Ignazio, how about this challenge?
Nice, however…I would not want to eat that particular pizza!
A peek into the Guy’s friend, Minio’s shop, “Luxottica”. He must like Il Volo too!
Ah, an Italian ghost story. Start at the beginning of the video, but for the end of the story, go past the italian telling around 5:50.
When I got back from my walk tonight, there was a nice surprise waiting for me in my mailbox. The guys were waiting for me, ever so patiently! They were a little cramped in that small box and suffocating in that envelope. I couldn’t wait to get up to my apartment and let them out! I gave a little shout, as not to alarm my neighbors and quickly did a little dance around my living room, holding it closely, giving it little kisses all over, as if they were really here! Alas, they are not, but I can hold them close to my heart now, any time I want…can you?
There they were, just looking at me, and only me. Gianluca with that serious look, Piero with his half grin, and Ignazio with his beautiful smile and eyes half closed…I have them, in the palm of my hand! I could hear the rustling, the cajoling…”hey, open us up! We want to tell you our story! Hey! Ow! Igna! Piero! Guys… says Gianlu!” Yes, guys, soon – I have a few things to do first….”
Even though the book is in Italian, the words you can understand, leap from the page as if the guys were right there. As you read their passages, you can hear their voices telling you their story and imagine the expressions on their faces of happiness and pride, as well as fear and sorrow. “Finally” it says on the back cover, they can finally tell the truth, their story. It’s the first official book of Il Volo – first you think? I can hardly wait for the second one! What chapters lie in their future; what mysteries lie ahead? For we do not know their destiny – they do not know their destiny. One thing we know for certain though, is that they are certainly destined to do great things, whatever they may be!
I will not tease you with cliffhangers from the book, because I encourage you to get your own copy. You can translate it the hard way, by typing it in Google Translate, paragraph by paragraph, as I was doing… or you can get the book and use the translate app on your smart phone (that can be easily downloaded) and scroll across the words. It’s like when you were a kid and you had the magic mirror decoder to decode the secret messages. The words magically appear in English, right before your eyes! It takes a little adjusting and practice, but it is worth it.
For those of you that say you will wait for the English version? Well, I applaud your virtuousness! I am sad to say, I admit I am part of the “gotta have it now” generation. For who knows what tomorrow will bring?? I ordered it about a week or so ago and was surprised to get it this week, as I wasn’t expecting it til next week. So a very nice surprise! When you use the app, the words just jump from the page and it’s like getting a hug from each of the guys as they tell their stories….I must say I love the way the book is laid out. It is very simple and straightforward. Whoever did this, Rizzoli? Did a marvelous job! Yes, we have read countless interviews of them and translations of those interviews, but this book is more than just a few sentences, it is paragraphs of their most intimate thoughts and memories that they are sharing with us. So, don’t wait… go to amazon.it and get your copy today!
However, I am once again, in a dilemma….like the empty picture frame around my heart that was miraculously filled this past July, the inside cover of my book is blank and once again, awaiting their signatures! Will this dream come true, as my other one did? Can I sneak my copy of the book into the meet and greet in Detroit? In Vegas? Will they be pleased that I have an Italian copy? One may never know, as I await to begin my own chapter of my “avventura straordinaria!” Only a little over 100 days til they land at the Fox in Detroit – let the countdown begin!
Ciao a tutti!!
Ok, if you have a Kindle and/or a Smart phone with the Amazon Kindle app; here is what you can do….just fyi, if you dare:
After I ordered it from Amazon.com (US), I found it was $4.00 cheaper on Amazon.it – strange, I know? Yes, the site is all in Italian, but I’m sure you can figure it out and if you have a regular Amazon account, it’s your same ID/Password!
Link to Il Volo new book on amazon.it Hope it works. For me it comes up 7.99 euros, which is just about $8.80 or so. When you place your order, it should be delivered automatically. If, for some reason, it doesn’t work, you can always order from regular US Amazon site.
When you do get it, open it up. I will admit to not being a very techy person, so if I can figure this out, you can too! That being said, here is how you can translate it paragraph by paragraph. First, I just put my finger on a word, not really knowing what I was hoping for, but a box popped up to download the Italian dictionary – so, I did that. Ok, now what? Pick a word and hold it down with your finger. It will “highlight.” Then, if you are lucky, a few things will “scroll” like a banner at the bottom, or top. Scroll across and you will come to something that says “translate.” You will see your word defined in English!
Yes, there is a way to do more than one word. It does take some practice though – just do a few words at a time and work up to one paragraph. I would not do more than one paragraph at a time, but you can try. Yes, this will take you a while, but it will be worth it!
To do more than one word, you will see the little “margin blockers?” that enclose the word you have chosen, or held down with your finger. If you take your finger and gently “move” the one on the right, you will see more than one word or sentence get highlighted. You can also drag your finger down to do the whole paragraph. Also on mine, in the translation box, you may see a little “speaker” symbol. If you click on that, it will TALK to you!!
If none of this works for you, you may need to find someone from the younger generation to show you. I’m sure they will be happy to do it! 🙂
Here are just a few of the first sentences of the intro, that I grabbed from the Amazon site, translated from Google Translate….
“Piero was sure to become a music teacher, Ignazio sang with passion but certainly not thought of success, Gianluca sang only for himself, because it made him feel good. In short, the music was in everyone’s future but none of them could have imagined that 25 April 2009, the fate would knock on the door and Il Volo was “born,” which in a few years has achieved international fame and the first places in the standings and in Italy in the world.”
I will tell you this – when I did the whole paragraph, then looked down into the little box with the translation, my heart literally skipped a little beat and it felt like I was opening this little treasure chest and they were speaking right to me as the words jumped off the page to my heart…
(my phone is a Samsung Galaxy S5 – not sure if things might be different for different models of phones…might also be easier for those of you with a tablet, since they are much bigger than a smart phone!)
A while back I was watching the visit of Pope Francis and the adoration of thousands of people that came to see him. Some where so far away they could not see anything but the sea of people in front. They came because they needed something to help them deal with a void in their lives.
I always felt I had a dual personality. The real me and the one that coped with the World. But I also knew I had a personal special place in me that at times needed to be filled.
No matter who we are tall, short, thin, endowed, single, married, young or old we all have that special space. There comes a time in our lives that it needs to be filled with something that makes us feel special and strong enough to cope with the outside world.
I know that this is why I am so bewitched by three young men and their great gift of making their music the special something that my special space needs.
I love to see them sing on the many videos, but the surroundings during the shows are somewhat distracting. I stopped anything I was doing and just closed my eyes and let the music take over. It was the magic that I needed.
Italians rally to save ‘ghost village’ with a population of 10
The 1200-year-old Civita di Bagnoregio, just north of Rome, is one of many Italian villages in danger of extinction. But Italians are in the midst of a campaign to save it.
Not many people would dispute the jaw-dropping beauty of Italy’s Civita di Bagnoregio village. The Medieval settlement 74 miles north of Rome has a population of just 10 people, who live amid twisting stone paths and centuries-old houses that are perched atop sheer cliffs overlooking deep ravines to the sea beyond. And if that were not enough, one detail separates it from almost every other town: It is reachable only by way of a footbridge suspended at great height over the valley.
“We can say this place is really astonishing,” Alessio Pagliara, who runs the village tourism office, tells Fortune. “It is 1,200 years old, very well preserved, and it has a panoramic view.”
Yet all that might not be enough to save the tiny gem that has been dubbed “the dying city.” Built on volcanic ash, the original Etruscan residents chose to build hilltop villages in Italy, in order to escape the malaria-ridden lowlands. But 21st-century Civita di Bagnoregio faces bigger perils: Landslides and rockfalls that could render it uninhabitable forever. “Every year is different from the next,” says Pagliara, who is bracing for whatever disaster this coming winter might bring. “Any year could be very damaging.”
Now Italians have begun campaigning to save the village from being lost forever. After a landslide last May, local authorities petitioned the U.N.’s cultural organization UNESCO to add it to its global list of World Heritage sites. The president of the local Lazio region, Nicola Zingaretti, argued that the village “is one of the most beautiful places in the world,” well worth preserving for future generations. Thousands of Italians signed the petition, including several famous cultural figures like the filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci and the playwright Dario Fo, and the former Italian president Giorgio Napoletano. The World Heritage designation would ensure a continued flow of funds to the village to reinforce its foundations and ensure its conservation, and it would almost certainly put it more firmly on tourist itineraries.
Yet winning that status is far from certain. And even if Civita di Bagnoregio makes it on to the list, the decision could take years to come.
Locals cannot afford to wait. In 2013 they began charging visitors €1.50 (about $1.67) to enter the village, helping it to raise maintenance funds. Pagliara says about 43,000 people visited in August, with tour guides running day trips from Rome. And in early September, Lazio president Zangaretti told reporters that the region was investing €1.2 million (about $1.34 million) to protect the village against landslides, which she said “threatens its very survival.” In the meantime, Pagliara describes it as “a ghost town in the middle of nowhere.”
Italy’s ‘ghost’ villages for sale
In that, Civita di Bagnoregio is far from unique. Italy has a dizzying 20,000 or so ghost villages, whose inhabitants have steadily upped and left over the centuries, driven out by the lack of water and electricity, or by earthquakes and floods—as well by a large exodus of émigrés to the U.S. during the last century. Add to that Italy’s low birth rate, along with people, especially youths, tendency to move to urban areas to work or study. Left behind are countless gems, villages whose stone houses, tiny cafés and 13th-century churches capture the finest artisanry of a bygone Italy.
With the country still emerging from recession and the European economic crisis, officials are hunting for a fresh infusion of people—foreigners in search of Italian vacation homes, or those keen to reconnect with their Italian ancestry—to take over crumbling old houses and breathe life into their communities.
The price? Close to free. Take, for example, Gangi, a Sicilian village whose population has halved to 7,000 over the past 60 years. Earlier this year Gangi’s officials put several houses on the market for €1 each—less than a cup of coffee in a café in Rome. The offer came with the condition that buyers repair the houses within four years.
One would-be buyer from Australia told a journalist that when she arrived in Gangi she discovered that the houses available “were all terrible and needed to be knocked down and rebuilt,” and that permits for renovating one of the houses cost about $17,000. For those who prefer to avoid the headaches of an extreme fixer-upper, habitable houses in Gangi are on offer for prices that seem ludicrously low by European standards. This month’s listings include a four-bedroom house for €75,000, with”panoramic views” of the Sicilian countryside from its two balconies, according to the realtor’s listing.
Indeed, there is plenty of choice all over Italy—and if you want the whole village, that is possible too.
In 2012 a Medieval village in Tuscany put itself on sale on eBay for €2.5 million (about $3 million at the time), offering all 25 of its stone houses and eight acres of grazing land. And last year, the good folk of Borgata Calsazio, a village set in the foothills of the Gran Paradiso mountain in the Italian Alps auctioned its 14 houses on eBay too, for a piddling €245,000 (about $268,000). Under the category “condition” in the eBay listing, the sellers describe the village—with great understatement—as “used.”
Competing with Alpine peaks and Tuscan scenery will not be easy for the handful of people still living in Civita di Bagnoregio. The town’s celebrity survival campaign has not yet assured it a future. “In the last year some people have come from abroad to buy some houses,” says the local tourist official Pagliara. “Houses are easy to find,” he says. “But of course, they are in bad condition.”
FROM ITALY MAGAZINE