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Watch Out Montepagano, Gian is on the Road!!

Yes, our youngest Il Volo guy, has finally attained his last rite of passage into official adulthood!

Today, he got his driver’s license.  No more riding around with mom and dad, he can now cruise the highways and byways of Italy, along with Ignazio and Piero!

Congratulations, amico mio!  Take it easy out there and always wear your seatbelt. 🙂

And of course if you are not driving your car, you are out riding the waves of the beautiful Adriatic.   Thanks for these gorgeous pictures and to Rock me il volo on Instagram for posting as well.


Grazie mille for making these old hearts go a-flutter! Lol!



A Sad Loss – The Tragic Fire of National Museum of Brazil

It is with heavy hearts that we share in the sadness of this grave tragedy that afflicted Rio on Sunday.  To AAIV and all fans of Il Volo in Brazil and South America, please know our thoughts are with you.  My current boss was born in Rio, Brazil, so I, too, have a connection to this.  😦

There is a very nice and in-depth article published by the NY Times, of which I am providing the link:


It said the museum did not have a fire suppression system, but was due to get a $5 million dollar grant/overhaul soon, which included a fire suppression system.

From Wikipedia & :

The picture above is also from this site…

National Museum of Brazil
Local name:  Museu Nacional
Location:  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The National Museum is the oldest scientific institution of Brazil and one of the largest museums of natural history and anthropology in the Americas. The museum is located inside the Quinta da Boa Vista park, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, and is installed in the Paço de São Cristóvão. The palace served as residence for the Portuguese Royal Family between 1808 and 1821, housed the Brazilian Imperial Family between 1822 and 1889, and also hosted the Republican Constituent Assembly from 1889 to 1891, before being assigned to the use of the museum in 1892.



More Tantalizing Trailers & Teasings from our Talented Italians! (Un Amore Cosi Grande!)

Thank you to Federica Andreoli for sharing these video clips with the fans!  I had to watch the one with our guys in it a few times, just to read the subtitles.  I just can’t imagine our sweet Gianluca saying that one line, can you?  🙂

There is some backstage footage as well as a short scene with our guys, from Federica, “Here’s the surprise for the fans of Il Volo.  A movie scene with the boys. Only 30 seconds…but very intense…”

I just love the expressions on our guys’ faces.  Did not look like it was very hard for them to act in this movie.  Of course, we know they’ve really been acting for the last 10 years at all of their concerts!  🙂  

Getting excited now – really hope it makes it to the States and to Michigan!  Or, do we see a road trip in site?



Ciao – Jana


Win a Trip to Sicily for $12.00!



I think several of us subscribe to the electronic newspaper called, “L’Italo-Americano.”  They have quite a few interesting little articles and tidbits about Italy.  Often Gina sends me great ideas for articles, that I am sad to say, I never seem to have time to write! 😦

However, I’d like to pass along this contest they are running.  You buy tickets, for a pretty reasonable price, and are entered in to win a grand prize trip to Sicily, as well as many other prizes.  Buona Fortuna a tutti!  🙂    Jana

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It’s our richest and most beautiful raffle yet! And it’s not a coincidence. We want to celebrate with you all a very special occasion: this year, L’Italo-Americano celebrates 110 years spent to the service of the Italian American community.

“The Best of Oriental Sicily” definitely deserves the small, yet incredibly precious contribution you will give us. We are a 501(c) (3) non profit organization and, as such, your support is essential for us, as it allows the newspaper, which has been walking side by side with the West Coast Italian American community since 1908, to continue its mission of promoting the knowledge of Italy, of the Italian language and of the invaluable social and cultural heritage of il Bel Paese.

We’ll bring you to the discovery of some of Italy’s most extraordinary marvels: places, flavors, landscapes filled with history, craftsmanship and products which will show you the beauty of a country that doesn’t need to remain a dream.

Our first prize is an amazing trip to Sicily, including airfare for two (2), following an incredible tour along the breathtaking itineraries of the island’s East coast! BREAKFASTS, LUNCHES, DINNERS, WINE, PRIVATE TOURS, TRANSPORTATION, TICKETS ENTRANCE TO FAMOUS PARKS AND MUSEUMS… ALL INCLUDED!!!

Sicily: home to the heart and heritage of so many Italian Americans, it can turn from a dream into a beautiful reality for our readers, thanks to L’Italo Americano’s newest Raffle. Try to imagine how eight beautiful days in the land of Archimedes and Pirandello, Verga and Bellini would be, following the itinerary of the ultimate trip we organized for you…

Get your tickets here:  Tickets


$12 for 1 ticket  (you’ll need to scroll down about half way until you see the actual “buy tickets” little box.

Available Until: September 28, 2018 at 11:59 am PST

Drawing Date: September 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm PST

Each ticket gives you a chance to win any prize.  When you click on the link, you’ll see the other prizes.

Some pictures from their website…can you guess where they are?

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IN THE WORLD WITH IL VOLO 2010-2017, by Daniela

The holidays have also begun for IL VOLO.

In this period there will be little new news, and so we often use the time to review old videos. 

It’s just what I did, and I tried to find videos, which maybe, not everyone has seen, or at least I hope so.

The first video is from 2010. I had seen only small fragments here and there but never everything, and my research had led to nothing, but in these days, thanks to Connie Bruns who tracked and shared, here it is.

“O Sole Mio”, filmed in Taormina, when, going to play a concert there, it was still a dream for our guys. What are you saying? This video has brought good luck !!

But how small they were … and that final hug … very sweet !!

The second video is from 2011, is a medley made in Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur, includes:




IL MONDO and UN AMORE COSI’ GRANDE  a cappella songs


2012 Spain, RELOJ

2013 concert in Panama.

Someone uninvited, a transvestite, enters the stage during the concert and walks, people laugh, thinking that is part of the show, the guys are amazed at the presence, but continue to sing, as real professionals, as long as someone sends out this person.

2014 During the concert in Mexico they perform with the Mariachi.


2015 From the studios of Radio Rai, CANZONE PER TE.

2016 Washington BEAUTIFUL THAT WAY


And after this feast of old videos, I hope to have found some that you had never seen, but anyway, even if already seen, I bet you have re-seen them willingly, is not it?



Credit to all owners of videos and photo.


My Favorite Videos of The Week



Summer is going to be over soon (boo hoo!), so I’m loving these videos of The Guys enjoying the outdoors and their friends this week….

They sing and dance...

…and drive fast cars,

… and sometimes take us on a Sea Cruise.

But this is my favorite:

Three Voices, One Soul…strong as ever.  😀

~~ Kelly