Need The Name of That Plumber…Please!

Here is one Marie sent us awhile back that almost got lost in the shuffle!  It’s too good to be missed. 

Whether you call them faucets or taps there is no

argument that Italians make the best ones. The latest

design provides Chianti, or anything else Italian,

whenever you need it 🙂 I’m getting mine fitted next

week – one with Prosecco and the other with Barolo ❤️



What would YOU order?




Photo Credit to Wine Trail Adventures


Fun Credit to Marie!

Il Volo Music As Therapy ~ by Antonella Esposito

Il Volo’s music as a therapy against a delay in expressive language? It is possible and it really happened. Talking is a young mom.




IL VOLO: “THEIR MUSIC HELPED MY BABY.” The testimony of a mother.


IL VOLO, the world-renowned pop-lyrical trio, who have  had a long history of success, has become the protagonist of a song therapy phenomenon, so-called music therapy. This is a psycho-emotional phenomenon that would help with the aid of music to overcome more or less important pathological events.

Tell us how your son discovered the group.

M.S. :  C.’s story with IL VOLO begins in February, 2015, with Sanremo.  He was only 3 years old when he was fascinated by their proud voices. When I bought the CD he listened to it by playing the songs.   In the evening he asked me to search the movies and lyrics on the net. He wanted to know everything about those three special guys.

So an irrepressible passion for IL VOLO has exploded. Then what happened?

M.S:  Meanwhile, C. had started logo therapy because of a delay in expressive language that forced him to express himself with a reduced vocabulary and all his own. He did not cooperate and to get it in tune with the therapist I came to an idea: if he had done well and with commitment did the exercises, at the end he could sing the songs of Il Volo. This tactic has produced good results.

When did he meet his idols?

M.S. :  In August, 2015, at a charity dinner held in Roseto, C. met his ‘Laluca’ (so called Gianluca Ginoble). It was the first conquest, when I saw him talk to the singer I was excited, until the day before he had never spoken to strangers.

Did he meet the other members of the trio?

M.S. :  Sure! On August 9, 2015, we were at the Chieti concert. We go in and C. sings all the songs, sees the boys and wants to greet them, but I do not know how to do it. He attracts the attention of a Gianluca companion who kindly takes us to the gates.   The gates are closed and security does not allow them to go further.  The little boy weeps and shouts.  Piero hears the child cry and says to security, ” Let that baby and mom pass.”   Ciro holds him tight and he also looks at Gianluca.   Unfortunately with Ignazio Boschetto, there was no meeting.

Since then did you start to see improvements?

M.S. : Yes, that’s right. The new CD is released and C. is more and more enthusiastic, and then a book on the trio is released.  Every night I had to tell him a story about the boys adventures.  Meanwhile, C. had achieved steady progress. 

You’ve done everything to create contact opportunities with IL VOLO …

M.S. :  Of course, because I saw my baby happy and benefited.  C., thanks to the music of Il Volo, has made giant footsteps.   He began studying singing (he was enrolled in a singing school) and as a song (for admission to the school) he performed PER TE CI SARO.

IL VOLO is now part of your child’s everyday life, which has identified almost a model to follow in them.

M.S. : Exactly. Even when he notices that someone behaves badly, he blames him and advises him to listen to their music, because he will do so well, because they are the best.

To what extent is your child’s therapy today?

M.S. :   He’s still doing therapy. The road is long, but today it is unrecognizable for the improvements he has made. I can only do thanks to my doctors and my family, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca who unknowingly helped my child with their GRANDE AMORE.


Previously published on, and translated by Daniela.

Credit to owner of photo.

Dancing with the Stars – Kiev! 21:00

Update:  Here is the link, however, it says not available in USA….


Hello all!

Ok, not sure if this is going to work or not, but it “LOOKS” like they are live streaming on their Facebook page.  Can’t really tell though, it just keeps advertising the 21:00 hour….

But here is the Facebook link if anyone wants to give it a try.  It’s 9p there and 8 hours ahead of EST – so 1p on East Coast!



Personally Speaking ~ “I Have Fallen In Love” ~

I recently came across a lovely poem that speaks to the heart.  For those who have been to Italy, live there, or who travel there in their dreams, I hope this will resonate in your heart as well.



I have fallen in love
With the air, the trees
The thinly paved and often cracked roads
And even more so with those covered in cobblestone.
I have fallen in love with the tanned locals
Old shopkeepers with hats and bifocals
Their calling voices
The natural movement of their hands
The cool sea water
And hot white sands.








I have fallen in love with espresso
And how it feels in my throat
The smell of leather
Taste of gelato
Harbours full of fishing boats
The sound of a vintage vespa
Weaving its way through a crowd
And this is a country of which to be proud.








I have fallen in love with the architecture
The vast and complex history
The more I learn the more I admit is a mystery.
I have fallen in love with the way the sun shines brighter
The air is fresher
And the fruit is sweeter
The men are bolder
And the books are cheaper.
I have fallen in love with the words they say
And how those words effortlessly roll off their tongues








I breathe in their culture
And try to hold it in my lungs.
Pizza, pesto, cute cafes
Absence of anxiety, holidays
The tourists who view it all through a camera lens
Adventure begins and tension ends.
I have fallen in love with it all
Every flower
Every hue
All those pairs of Italian sunglasses
I love them too.









Every cloud
Every ray of sunshine
Every painted line
Every brick
Of every church
On all those hills
In all those tiny towns
That populate the green countryside
And every visionary who in them has lived and died
I love
But most of all
I have fallen in love with the version of me
That comes out when I am in Italy.





~~Written by Ariel Baptista~~


~~Credit to all owners of photos.~~

Sao Paolo~Brazil~ Concert Review, by Stella Maris Bortolotti


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I have a Brazilian friend.  You think that I have friends everywhere, yes, but I have to thank  IL VOLO.

Her name is Stella Maris Bortolotti.  She participated in all three concerts that the guys did at Espaco Das Americas in Sao Paolo, in September 21,23,24.

Stella Maris  also made about 200 pictures all very beautiful.


These are her words:

I can say that I have experienced moments of great emotion!

The three guys presented to us their great talent, bringing the audience to moments of pure enchantment.

At every applause we got up, you know how much we were excited about!

The three Italians with their beautiful voices (wonderful!), they presented us with their affection (they are very friendly) with their grace, with humility, with their charisma.

In addition to presenting beautiful songs (tribute to the three famous tenors: Pavarotti, Placido and Carreras), I can say that the presentations were a show, everyone was entertaining.

At some point they invited a little girl of about five years to step on stage to sing with them, really sweet, and they invited all the fans to approach the stage.

They treated everyone with great tenderness.


I was in the front row. Just next to the stage and my camera, though not professional, is very good.


They are special. I have already loved them and now I love them even more!

3 days of sold-out !!

It was 3 really magic nights.


Stella, your front row seats provided OUTSTANDING PHOTOS!  

~Translated from Portuguese by Daniela.~

~ All the photos were made by Stella Maris Bortolotti.~

Keep Them Coming!


Good Morning!

I’m working from my phone today, so please bear with me if my post looks a little more plain than usual…

There’s still time to wish this amazing gentleman a Happy Birthday!  Keep submitting your wishes through October 2 to!

Have a great weekend!

~~ Kelly