ROMA, The Eternal City ~ by Daniela

In Italy on April 25th it’s a holiday. Liberation is celebrated, so my husband and I left for a short holiday, four days in Rome.

Piazza San Pietro - Vatican City

Piazza San Pietro – Vatican City

These days I saw fabulous things, indeed re-seen, because I’ve been in Rome many times, but every time, I discover something new that I like and that fascinates me.

The weather was magnificent, in fact I would say almost summer, but without being suffocating. Beautiful days, with a sky of an intense blue.

I returned home on the evening of April 25 and scrolling through Facebook to see if there were any news, I had the great surprise to see some beautiful photos of Rome, posted by the Ginoble family.

I had them at hand, we saw the same places on the same day and we did not meet ????

IT IS NOT POSSIBLE!!!!

Instead it was just like that, but let’s start from the beginning.

Since April 25th is a national holiday we included a visit to the Altar of the Fatherland, where our President of the Republic would present the laurel wreath to the “unknown soldier”.

And here’s what Ercole Ginoble has posted, the ceremony at the Altar of the Fatherland.

Altare della Patria - Victor Emmanuel Monument

Planes fly over the Altare della Patria – Victor Emmanuel Monument

But I was there too, here are pictures with the police in full uniform who are preparing for the tribute to the president.

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Daniela at Tomb of Unknown Soldier

Daniela at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Then I went to see the beautiful Trevi Fountain, magnificent, so white, so full of people.

But what do I see? Also Mrs. Lenora Ginoble has posted the photo of the Trevi Fountain.

I was there too!!! But we have not seen each other.

Lenora Ginoble post of Trevi Fountain

And here’s my picture.

Daniela at Trevi Fountain

Continuing on Via Condotti, we arrive at Piazza di Spagna, beautiful in these days, because the steps of Trinità dei Monti are literally covered with azaleas.

Once again, Mrs. Ginoble posted a beautiful picture.

Lenora Ginoble post of Piazza di Spanga

Really nice with the fountain of Barcaccia in the foreground …….. but once again I was there too !!!

Daniela at Spanish Steps

And what do I find out? Ernesto was there too with some friends.

Ernesto Ginoble at Spanish Steps

What a misfortune, I did not see any of them …….. but I saw a beautiful city, so I’m so happy.

I do not know what the Ginoble family has done yet, but I have continued my nice ride.

The Temple of Fortuna Virilis.

Daniela at Temple of Fortune Virile

The Temple of Fortuna Virilis is one of the best preserved of all Roman temples.

The Colosseo. Really mammoth.

Daniela at Colosseum

The Mouth of Truth ….. it did not bite my hand !!

Daniela at Mouth of Truth

Wherever we turned, there was something to admire.

Then the beautiful Vatican Museums and its masterpiece: The Sistine Chapel.

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The Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel

Ok, I admit, I was sorry not to meet the Ginoble family, but then I realized that Gianluca was not with them, and thank goodness, I raised my spirits.

I confirm, for those who have not yet seen Rome, it is full of beautiful treasures and monuments.

Of course, as promised, I thought a lot about the whole crew while I was in Rome. Yes Jill, you’re right it would have been great to be able to meet all of you in Rome.

Hello Rome, we will definitely be back again …… but how many of you were in Rome?

Daniela

Credit is given to Daniela and the Ginoble family for all photos.

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~ CHICCA ~ by Daniela

The group “Torino Aspetta il Volo e poi” shared a nice post that published a beautiful question:

WHAT SONG
 
HAS CHANGED
 
YOUR LIFE ???

In the various answers, one has attracted me a lot, this one.

L’AMORE SI MUOVE has changed my daughter’s life, and consequently, also mine.  With this piece she won the gold medal at the Italian Fisdir Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships.

 She is a girl with Down Syndrome.

 

In 2017, however, in Rimini, a bronze medal with PER TE CI SARO’.

So her mother has attached the video of the bronze medal.

 

Here she is:

I found some news on this girl. Her name is Francesca Giovelli (for friends, Chicca).  She is from Salerno and is a fan of IL VOLO, especially Piero.

Here she is in her gymnastic dress.

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Watch the video of happiness when, at Christmas, she received the book as a gift: IL VOLO UN’AVVENUTA STRAORDINARIA.

Really moving, and now here she is with the pass for the concert.

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…… and with her beloved Piero !!!

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Here is a beautiful image of the guys taken from her Facebook page.

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Really good Chicca!  We wish her much happiness and we send her much love!

And you, what is the song that changed your life?

 

Credit to all owners of videos and photos.

Tanti Auguri, Gianluca!! Happy 23rd!

Ciao a tutti!!

bd gg 1Yes, I know it’s been a little while since Gian’s birthday, just about a month to be exact!  Thought we could use a little party to perk us up, while waiting for their new CD and movie to come out!

Due to various other parties being booked on Feb 11, we had our Gianluca celebration on Feb 10, instead!  It was our 4th annual party at Antonio’s, celebrating Gian’s birthday.  Can you believe it was 3 years ago, that we celebrated on their Sanremo night of honor?

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Our little corp group of six were there, along with Barb from Sterling Heights.  Due to this rough flu season, as well as the Fri – Sun snowstorm, several couldn’t make it.  We missed those that could not make it, especially Magdalena, from Toledo; Barb, from Westland; and Betty, from New Orleans!!  

We met about 5p at Antonio’s in Dearborn Heights – our favorite haunt for Gian’s birthday!  🙂  As always, there was good food, conversation, cake, and lovelybd gg 5 presents from Donna.

We even had a surprise, special guest – Mama Rita!!  We saw her when we met there at Christmas time and told her we’d be back for Gian’s birthday.  She must have seen us on the reservation list, as she made a point of stopping by our table to say hello.   We invited her back to share dessert with us.  We went on our way to eating, drinking, and opening our presents… We saw Mama flitting around the restaurant in her hat and scarf and had to ask the waitress to send her over for cake.  She said she thought she had left.  But we waited patiently and there she was!!  She graciously joined us for cake and sat down at our bd gg 4table for a little while.  She was definitely the “hostess with the mostest” as she offered us limoncello or Sambuca, and cappuccino or espressos!  We graciously accepted both offers!  I have to say, it was one of the best caps I had ever had!  🙂 

Again, it was a lovely evening and we were honored with such a special guest at our table!bd gg 3

We were lucky, the snow had pretty much stopped by the time we had left.  We did get a wallop that Friday before!  I think we did get nearly 6 to 8 inches.  Spring is right around the corner now and we are already planning our party for Piero.

If you live in the Detroit area, everyone is welcome!!  Let’s make some new friends and fans!  🙂

 

Tanti Auguri!!  Next stop, Piero!  June 24!  Can you believe our beloved Piero will be a quarter century old?  Hey, he’s catching up to us!!  🙂

 

Jana

 

Picture of Mama Rita used with her permission.

 

 

Homage to Gianluca – by Daniela

Daniela sent us this touching story….


In these days there was Gianluca’s birthday. All the fan pages were invaded by beautiful wishes that started from all our hearts. Certainly there is so much love for this sweet boy.
One of these comments has attracted me a lot, it is written by Maura Pucci who is a big fan of him, she is 84 years old.

 

On the occasion of his 23rd birthday…

 

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In 2009 he immediately hit my imagination. Indeed, it struck me straight to the heart.

I was already a grandmother of ten grandchildren, two of them roughly his age. I was disconcerted, but also bewitched, by his deep voice, coming, incredibly, from a boy with an angelic face and dreamy eyes.

Almost nine years have passed and his voice has taken over time all the nuances that the age, still unripe, still not allowed. A versatile voice, so many different and easily distinguishable voices.

I think of the amazing WIRE OF VOICE that concludes the first verse of Notte Stellata, tenuous and subtle as a sigh, to WHISPERED PARTS  of many of his interpretations, but, at the same time, to the DRAMATIC and THEATRICAL voice of Aranjuez. I think about the CARESSING and LIGHT voice with which he tackles the beginning of many songs, at the SOFT and SENSUAL voice of a true crooner, but also at the AGGRESSIVE voice of Delilah; I think of the POWERFUL and JOKING voice of Rossini’s Dance, the HOT and PASSIONATE of Musica Proibita, the POWERFUL and TRIUMPHAL of the “Vincerò!” by Nessun dorma. And I can not forget that DEEP and SOLEMN of the religious and / or Christmas songs, to which it gives the indispensable touch of majesty and sacredness. These are his voices … from concert. I add that CHARGE OF RHYTHM AND SWING, exhibited  till now in particular interpretations outside the stage.

 

 

So many voices for a chameleonic singer, as was defined by an expert, an American vocal coach, who, after praising the excellent VOCALITY, added << … His voice is a tool >>
More than singing, Gianluca interprets. Because he sings with all of himself, with his eyes, with the expression of his face, with the movements of his hands, sometimes even with the posture of the body. In one word, with FEELING. Does not give the feeling of doing a job, but a mission: to transfer to those who listen to the passion for music that accompanies him since he was a child.
He brings on stage all the qualities that distinguish him in private life. Always in pursuit of perfection, he is PROFESSIONAL AND SIGNORY in behavior, but willing to “let go” when necessary; CHEERFUL AND SMILING, sometimes also VIVACY, never too exuberant, SPIRITUS, with measure, CONFIDENTIAL, but not as timid as it used to be, AFFECTIVE AND AVAILABLE with the fans.a1-g3
Even in private life, this is the quality that connotes it in every circumstance. It is in fact a boy ROMANTIC, SWEET, TENERO, CHARGE OF AFFECTIVITY, towards family members, friends, children, the disabled, and always AVAILABLE with everyone, even with the fans who visit him at home in his rare moments rest. Finally, I would like to underline it, HE is SINCERELY MODEST. I have not forgotten what he said in an interview, which, despite having had idols that sing, since childhood, and still having them, he found it hard to believe that he, in turn, became an idol for many people.
This is “my” Gianluca, these are the qualities that I personally perceive in him: a son, a brother, a nephew, an ideal friend, beyond his indisputable qualities of singer and performer.
a1-g2Happy birthday, my boy! I wish you all the best in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is also this! (works only in Italian) translation
G rande Amore – Great Love
I ncantevole sorriso – Lovely smile
A nimo sensibile  – Sensitive soul
N aturalmente elegante –  Naturally elegant
L uce nel suo sguardo  – Light in your look
U nica dolcezza  – Unique sweetness
C arezzevole timbro  – Caressing stamp
A rmonia nella sua voce  – Harmony in the voice
G entilezza innata –  Innocent kindness
I deale amico –  Ideal friend
N on solo attraente –  Not just attractive
O cchi che parlano – Eyes that speak
B ello anche “dentro ” –  Beautiful also “inside”
L ineamenti perfetti  – Perfect features
E ccezionale veramente  – Truly exceptional

………really beautiful words wrote Maura for Gianluca, but you have understood who is the American vocal coach of which she speaks?

Thank you Daniela for sending this beautiful story.   I’m wondering if it is Myron she may be referring to?  🙂

 

~ Magnifico…MY WAY ~ by Jane and Penina

Penina wrote me that a friend of hers sent her this video of the Three Tenors (not the two tenors and a baritone!)  singing My Way in Los Angeles.  The cool thing about it was that Frank Sinatra was in the audience watching and appreciating their performance.

In response Penina sent her friend a video of the boys singing the same song.  Her friend’s response to the video sent was one word, “magnifico!”  

If only Frank Sinatra could sit in the front row RIGHT NOW and watch Gianluca and Piero give such timeless beauty to this song of his.  He would be so proud of these three young Italian men who are bringing their bel canto to the world and keeping his legacy alive by honoring his song.  Mr. Sinatra did it HIS WAY and IL VOLO is doing it THEIR WAY.  Yes, he would indeed be very proud of them.

 

~~ The Three Tenors ~~

 

 

~~ Piero and Gianluca ~~

 

 

 

Credit to all owners of videos.

~Personally Speaking~ Tribute to Ignazio via Cappiddruzzo di Ricotta!

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I am so happy to say, “We did it, we did it!!”   Penina and I made our first ever “Cappiddruzzo” di Ricotta…a Tortello in honor of Ignazio!

Jane says…

It was not hard.  The recipe is very easy. (See earlier post from 11/6/17 for recipe.)  I used the pre-made pizza dough you can buy in the refrigerator section at your grocery store.  I have to add a correction to the original recipe…roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thick, NOT 2-3 cm!    The ricotta-chocolate chip-vanilla-cinnamon combination is delicious.  I think they taste best just fresh out of the oven!   Besides sprinkling the finished top with sifted powdered sugar, I dressed it up a little more with a drizzle of melted Nutella…all the while listening to IL VOLO serenading me in the back ground!

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Penina says…

I found it very easy. The dough that I had came in a big thick rectangle. I was able to pull it apart into two thinner rectangles because the dough looked layered and I just turned up a corner and started pulling. It was a lot easier to roll it out that way as it was already a lot thinner. I started out doing what it said–folding it over twice.  Then I had a lot of filling left, so I went back and cut off the parts that were just empty dough and re-rolled them and made a couple more to use up the filling. I have plenty of ricotta left–I may try it again with the pizza dough in a few days (after we eat these up!).

If you have bought dough this is a no brainer.  How hard is it to stir up the ingredients? My grandkids could do it (okay, two of them couldn’t!).  The hardest part is rolling out the dough.

 

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Now we are ready to sit down with a cup of Lavazza coffee, and feast on our creations!  The only thing missing is YOU, our fellow Flight Crew members.  How we wish we could all sit together at the same table and share our friendship in person, while enjoying a special treat in tribute to Ignazio, (and of course we can’t forget his brothers, Piero and Gianluca!)

 

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ENJOY…Godere!

 

Credit to owner of Ignazio photo and to Nina, for the inspiration of the Tortello!

Your First Time…with the Guys!

I know from time to time, Marie would often post some comments that were too precious to leave behind and worth being read by all.  I feel this is one of those times….


Laura, from Florida, made some beautiful comments, along with a few others on my “$6.86 a minute” re-post from a few weeks ago now… here are some excerpts from (or in its entirety) their comments!  And thank you to those that said I was pretty!  That photo was from the first meet/greet with the guys from PBS, taken by the pro photographer.  I honestly can’t remember, but I think that was before we saw them!  Certainly, you can see the joy and anticipation in my face.  It is really a good picture of me.  🙂  I don’t always look that good – lol!

Laura (and others) – hope you don’t mind me re-posting this, I thought it was so awesome!  To those that have met them, we all say the same thing the first time “tongue-tied, star-struck, zombie-brained,” etc. and wished we could have come up with something a bit more witty than “you were so wonderful….”  You know, I wonder what the guys are thinking and what it’s like to have all these “mature” women, just seem to turn to mush right before their eyes (that’s it – don’t look into their eyes!  That’s when our brains turn to mush!)?  We have a long time now to decide what to say to them, whether for the first time or the fifth time, and Laura has helped us out here!

Laura said….

Jana, You sure are pretty and I got a kick out of your ingenious (and scary) title! I’m a two-years old “newbie” to IL VOLO. This is the first time I’ve read your piece here. I smiled, laughed and almost cried from what apparently can be a very poignant IL VOLO Meet & Greet experience. I’ve not yet attended one, but if I ever do, I think I’d have to go armed with some kind of self-protective, humorous, but sincere comment for the actual, terrifyingly awkward moment of having to say one other thing to them beyond a sincere, quick, ‘Hello. Wonderful to meet you! ‘ Maybe something to each, like “I just had to come talk with you; sweetness is my weakness.” or, “When God made you guys, he was showing off.” “So, how was Heaven when you left it?” “If I had a star for every time you brightened my day, I’d have a galaxy in my hand.” “What time do you have to be back in Heaven?” “I’ve never seen such dark eyes filled with so much light in them.” “Oh, I think you’ve got something in your eye. No; wait; It’s just a sparkle.” “I think I can die happy now, ’cause I’ve just heard and seen a piece of Heaven.” “Did it hurt when you fell out of Heaven?” (For the bolder Ilvolover, s/he could pretend to look at the tag in the back of his shirt and say, “Yep!! Made in Heaven.”)


From Victoria Wilson…

I don’t even know how to tell you how touched I was about what you wrote. You are beautiful and your story made me realize how similar we all are over these boys. On bad days when the pain is so bad I cannot have a blanket on me, I am so grateful to have my YouTube on my TV so I can sooth that savage beast in me that is making my day miserable. I’m past being infatuated with them after seeing them on American Idol and went on an urgent search for them on YouTube. Even then you could find bits and pieces. We’ve gotten all their albums, DVD’s and after seeing them in Minneapolis, we had tickets immediately to go to Italy. My husband and I have them singing in our house and car and wherever we are. Every day we think we have found our favorite song until we find something we haven’t heard before on YouTube and then we are enthralled all over again. We cannot seem to get enough and marvel at how they have grown. How I did that trip to Italy, I will never know. I pray I can do it again. Thank you is such a small phrase to use in telling you how much I enjoy your emails every day. My dearest friend has a tin ear and how sad that she cannot get the joy I do from these wonderful talented boys. They make my days happy and some rough nights fly by with their voices in my ear. Bless you and I’m so glad someone else feels just the way we do and can never get enough of their music. I love all of you out there. Victoria


From Laura Parish…

And you are completely reeled in. There is no hope from this addiction.


From Loretta Foley, Canada…

Girls are you all crazy asking yourself is it worth it? OF COURSE IT IS WORTH IT & OF COURSE THEY ARE MORE THAN WORTH IT THEY ARE IL VOLO. NO SINGER IS BETTER THAN IL VOLO. THEY ARE OUR PRECIOUS IL VOLO & NOBODY CAN TAKE THEIR PLACE EVER. Cost is nothing. IL VOLO IS EVERYTHING IN OUR LIVES. The only thing I have to figure out is how can I get enough money to follow them around the world???? then for sure my son will be trying to force me into a home for the mentally unbalanced but that will never work either. WE ARE ALL ADDICTED WITH LOVE TO THE MOST AMAZING YOUNG MEN ON EARTH. All other entertainers will never understand how they can get the same attraction from their followers, their loss. PLEASE, PLEASE KEEP ME POSTED ON ANY CONCERT OR INFORMATION THAT I MIGHT MISS

JANA LOVE YOUR POST excuse me for going a little crazy. Can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t put them first & foremost. Oh well I’ll settle down in a few minutes. I go to a senior centre on Thursdays & I bring Il Volo with me so they graciously play their music for me. A new lady has joined the group who is from Italy & she also listens to Il Volo so now everyone else is getting used to listening to Il Volo. YIPPEE.


From rpappas…

I can’t say anything other than PERFECTLY SAID. I could feel my own emotions welling up with each word. Could never explain it but you did. Thank you. I’m going to copy this and just give it to people when they ask me why11! Thank you!


From Dorothy Henderson…

Jana, you are priceless! When I made the big discovery, on PBS, I didn’t have a way to see them! I told my daughter to search on her computer…bingo…she found the three that were to forever change my lack of technology! , She went right out and got me a tablet and the rest is history! Thanks for sharing your experience! I haven’t even looked for a support group! Here’s to more and more AMORE! Dot in Texas!


From our own Daniela P…

Jana, are you sure you posted it a year ago? Then maybe I did not read it.
I had a lot of fun, because I recognized myself in your attitudes.
I believe every Ilvolover recognizes itself in your words, in the anxiety that makes you look for everything talk about them, that you spend for both distant and expensive Meet & Greet concerts.
You wonder if it’s worth it …….. certainly yes, we have no doubts.


From Joan Guyon…

Jana Lucky you. I have yet to attend a meet and greet. If I get the chance, I will take your advice and save up for it. Joanie G


From Marie… (I know she posted this last year, but a good laugh again is always great!)

Jana, I swear I laughed for 5 minutes. Believe me I understand.
~ Just another addict.


From Lynn Delaney…

Jana, this cracked me up. There’s so much in your story we can relate to.


My heart-felt thanks to those that commented here.  I did not have much of a chance to reply to your comments, as I was in Miami, but I loved them all!  However, I read them all and many smiles came to my face.  Each day I think I’m going to throw in the towel here and is keeping this site going worth it?  But then I read your comments, it only takes one or two, and then I remember why I’m doing this!  So, thank you!  Grazie Mille!  

Jana