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Jana & Lorna’s Italian Adventure – July 4, 2016 – Verona! (Reprise…)

Hello folks!  I hope everyone is having a great 4th of July in the USA!  We are having quite the hot summer here in Michigan, with these past few weeks in the low 90s and this week, all 90s!  Thought I would repost our little adventure from July 4, 2016, for all to enjoy again!  🙂  It was certainly the best 4th of July I will ever remember!!  🙂

Everyone please stay safe and wear a mask, the virus seems to be coming back with a vengeance again in the US! 🙁


Ciao!  Yes, it’s been a little while since my last story of adventure…but I continue!

Ah, Venice Mestre train station. This was our shortest train ride, only about an hour or so to Verona from Venice. We got to the train station very early, since we were only about 10 minutes away. We got there in plenty of time before our departure of 8:32am. We were able 20160704_073915to have a leisurely breakfast and scout out our train track. The Venice train station was not quite as sophisticated as Florence, so we knew we had to go down and up again to find our train. We looked on the schedule, but could not see our train. There were three trains to Verona, but none that left at our exact time. That seemed strange. So, we made our best guestimate and chose the one track. I was still a bit skeptical, but the time was the closest. I was able to ask a lady, in Italian, and she seemed to think we were on the wrong one, we needed to be a few tracks over and the schedule was on the posted sign. I think it was like a regular commuter train, so it didn’t have a special departure scheduled, which is why it wasn’t posted. I went back to Lorna and we discussed it. It kind of made sense, but we stayed where we were anyway. Ok, here comes our train. We get on where we think our car is, but when we boarded, there were no seat numbers on the seats. We had first class tickets with assigned seating! I said aloud, in English, “But there are no numbers on the seats?” A nice, young lady heard me speaking in English and said, “You are on the wrong train!” “What? Dove?,” I said, and showed her our tickets. She pointed to the other track, same track the other lady told us. I looked at my phone – it was 8:27a! We literally had 5 minutes to get down and back up again, and make it to the other train. We literally FLEW off that train and a nice Italian gentleman hefted our suitcases up the long flight of stairs to the other side. We were literally walking/running as fast as we could toward our train. The conductor saw us and asked if we were on this train, we said yes. We started to get on and he said, no, other car. Then he changed his mind and said to go ahead, and we could walk from there. We literally no sooner got on the train and it took off! It was the last train to Verona for that day! Yes, we almost missed the Verona concert! Ok, “dove” the prosecco that morning!

 

We made it to the Verona train station – again, similar to Venice, we had to once again go down the closet-sized elevator and up the other side. Another long wait for the taxi, but we made it. When we got there, it was still quite early and check-in wasn’t until much later in the afternoon. So, we were able to stow our bags in the reception area. The concierge gave 1-veorna-fus a map of the city and we took off, map and Google Maps in hand on our way to find out where the Arena di Verona was. Looked like it was in walking distance from the hotel, so we set off. It reminded me of “following the yellow brick road” except it was a wide 1-verona-gasphalt running/walking path to the main part of the city. We quickly got off the map we were sort of following and I gave up and got out Google again. We got turned around a few times, but I figured it out. On the way to the Arena, Lorna stopped in a shoe shop and bought these really cool flowered tennis shoes. The sun was playing peek-a-boo with the clouds and it looked like it might rain. When we neared the Arena, the sun finally decided it was going to stick around.20160704_115104 I took a few pictures as we were in the surroundings of the arena with a plethora of outdoor restaurants/cafes to choose from for lunch. We had worked up quite the appetite by then.

 

We walked to the arena to see exactly where it was and where the entrances were. After that, we perused the various restaurants and picked out a table. It ended up being a 20160704_121205beautiful afternoon and we splurged on our lunch that day. Lorna had some kind of pasta with seafood. I had a Caprese salad and a pizza and we even had a bottle of Moscato.1-verona-a It was a very leisurely lunch and we just chatted and relaxed and wondered where the guys might be? We finally decided it was time to go. On our way, we passed by this one hotel and there were a herd of girls standing outside. Ok, this must be the place! Lol! Yes, apparently the guys were staying at the hotel aptly called “The Gentleman of Verona.” No, we never saw them, although we strolled by and asked the girls if this was where Il Volo was. Of course they said yes. We kept walking and continued our tour of the city, with the sun playing more peek-a-boo with the clouds. With my faithful companion of Google Maps, we took the long way around, but thankfully made it back to the hotel. It was 1-verona-elate enough by then, so we could check in. Another small elevator, but at least we both fit. We got to our room and it was very nice. The sun decided it was going to stay out at last. We had a tiny, enclosed, little balcony with a window you could open. The view from our room was gorgeous and amazing. You could see over the entire city. Took some more pictures and then we decided to relax a little. We took a nap and decided we’d get ready and take a cab to the Arena. I was still trying to hook up with Betty, but we kept missing each other! When we got downstairs we asked the concierge to call us a cab again, to the Arena. She said had just called one for 2 other ladies and maybe we could 1-verona-bshare it? We thought that would be nice, so we went outside and communicated roughly in Italian, and asked if they were going to Il Volo also and could we share the cab. They said yes. We got in and was happily expecting to share the cab fare and they paid the whole thing! Such nice Italian hospitality! We were still a bit full from lunch, but decided we should eat something. So, we went back to the same restaurant where we had lunch. However, we just ordered dessert. Lorna had Tiramisu and espresso, and I had chocolate torte cake. We also ordered another bottle of Moscato. The cake was good, although a bit on the dry side. As previously mentioned, Lorna graciously let me have the 2nd row seat…but as we were sitting at our table, we were watching the crowd get in line – it was over an hour before the concert started.1-verona-c People were everywhere! It was kind of crazy. We knew we had assigned seats, so we thought we’d just sit and watch everyone instead. We finally gave up and decided to fight our way through the crowds. Lorna went first, as she went through a different entrance. I paid the bill and ventured on to the other side of the Arena. I showed my ticket and they let me in. I bought a few souvenir t-shirts and scarves and found my way to the 2nd row seat. My new friends Veronica, Laura, and Daniela, arrived about 15 minutes later. This was exciting. Before the concert began, we heard the orchestra warming up “Per Te Ci Saro” was playing! Oh, yes, I was finally going to hear them sing it live! Since I reviewed the concert already, a few days after it happened, I won’t go into detail again. Yes, you are welcome. Lol! But a quick recap of starting with “Per Te Ci 20160704_213618-1Saro” and ending with their usual 2 of “Surrender” and “Grande Amore” it was pretty awesome. And I swear it happened just that quickly. Again, I was quite surprised they did the Godfather routine…

Insert actual concert review….

For me, this was the most magical and perfect concert ever.  Not only was it a perfectly beautiful evening weather-wise, I FINALLY got to hear all my favorite songs.  They really picked the best of the best for this finale concert.  The stage and the lighting were magnificent.  They had the monitors and also the videos going for many of the songs.  I thought for sure we were going to be blinded by the lights again, but it was only once or twice.

I finally got my dream come true and into my Il Volo trance I went.  They started with Per te ci saro!!  OMG, I sang the whole thing!  I wanted to stand after every song, but the Italians don’t do that.  They did stand after the solos and duets.  There were few empty seats…Lorna was so awesome, she let me have the 2nd row seat for the entire concert.  I will remember it forever.

Even thought it was second row, we were still quite far from the stage.  Like the orchestra pit area was empty of chairs and unlike the first Verona concert in September last year, the stage did not come out in the middle.

Their voices were of course perfection and Igna added his own to the end of My Piove – a little jazzier riffs and Gian joined him for a few…

Yes, they sang my favorites – Per te, l’more si muove, torne l’amore, canzone per te.  They even did a slight sketch of the Godfather routine.  Igna even sang Allegria and didn’t cry.  No Ancora though….

Gian sang Bridge…and it was incredible.  I remember telling Donna it would get better after we heard it in LA and she said “how could it get better?”  It did!!

I think someone mentioned that they were filming part of that movie where the guys are going to be part of it about opera.  Apparently, the guy who is the star actor was in the front row a few seats down from us. And?!  The guys were cuter!!  Lol!  They did this filming during the concert, but it was no big deal.

The one big shocker was that they did not sing O Sole Mio!  Not disappointed as they left in Surrender!!  Igna and Piero did their thing.

Since I was in the 2nd row, I imagine I’ll be somewhere in the DVD and group shot in the end.  My split second of fame. Lol!  I was in a pink dress to the right of the stage.

I did not see any of the immediate family except for Mary Grace, Piero’s sister and I think Alessio?  Gianluca’s friend.  At the end, Igna went over and gave this older guy a bear hug and picked him up, but no clue who he was.  He looked a little like one of his uncles.

If people want to know what to give Igna at the next m/g I would suggest a belt.  He was pulling up his pants the entire night!

I took some pictures and taped a few songs, but my phone camera and the lights were not friends.

By the time you read this, pictures will be all over everywhere, as well as videos.

Did I say how incredibly awesome it was????  Igna was also playing the piano and a few other instruments.  Gian was wearing tennis shoes and racing across the stage every so often.

Don’t get me wrong, the tenor concert was awesome also, but this was more special and magical for me, as I have been waiting to hear these songs live for as long as most of you!

It was all in Italian except Igna said Thank You.  I did not quite catch what was going on, but something about studying their speech for the next song, etc.  I also had my friend Veronica to translate a few things for me!

I’m still trying to realize I’m in Italy!  I’ve seen the guys 5 times now this year.  You just keep thinking when is the next time?  They are planning another tenor tribute concert in the arena next May 17, but you know, nothing is ever as special as the first time!  My guess is that they might incorporate a few of those songs into their regular concerts next tour.

Ok, it is now a little after 2am!  I really need some sleep if I can, that is.

They really outdid themselves with this one!!

Part of my mission to the Verona concert was to take a few little presents to 2 friends of Sharon’s. They were sitting in the front row, but on the other side. Unfortunately, security would not let me leave my seat, even though it was just a row up. Fortunately, I was able to text her and Veronica communicated in Italian 1-verona-3of my plight. Luckily, we were able to connect after the concert. Lorna and I also quickly met up afterward and Veronica took our pictures. We then made our way to the taxi line and got back to our hotel. I was determined I did not want to forget a thing, so I stayed up til about 2am finishing my post! Was the shortest night on1-verona-d record.   We had to be at the train station very early, as we had a 7a train to Rome and it was a 3-hour trip. After what I believe was about a 3-4 hour “nap” I dragged myself out of bed about 5:30a to take a shower and we were out of there. Again, missing breakfast at the hotel!  Next stop – Roma and the Adriatic Sea!

ONE STEP FROM STARDOM by Susan De Bartoli

Ignazio & Nico’s Story

If Ignazio did nothing more than sing the rest of his life, he would be remembered as a singer who captured an audience at a very young age and continues to intrigue them with every passing day.  From the first time he stepped on the stage, he was a star. I remember watching him on PBS and thinking if he’s this good now, what will he be like 10 years from now. Along with Gianluca and Piero these three men have achieved in 10 years (in reality 5 years) what men can only hope to achieve in a lifetime! He is the voice that never ends! The voice that intrigues! The voice that takes your breath away! The voice that leads you to ecstasy!

But it doesn’t end there. No, there is so much more to be said about Ignazio and the best place to start is in his performances. He is the ultimate entertainer. He is the production. His presence is there in every aspect of the production. He is a prolific entertainer! He sees music! He feels music! He breathes music! Follow him around the stage. The little gestures aren’t just for our entertainment they are real movements within each song. Let me describe it as I have described it for you in the past:

Ignazio is known as the funny one and that he is! But, is it really about the joke? Or is it more about the production. Let’s turn to the production. 

The stage is simple. One sign that says it all – Il Volo. There’s the orchestra. Guitars, drum, piano, violins and whatever other instruments are needed for the performance. I want you to stop and think about the performance. We know these guys have amazing voices but, what if they got on the stage and for two hours, they did nothing but sing. I don’t think it would work. A performance needs the ability to move on. There’s no change of scenery and no intermission so how do you move the performance along? Ignazio! The joking he brings into the performance provides the levity to relive the seriousness of the performance. He brings a certain ease and suspense to the performance. The audience is always wondering, what will he do next.

But is it always about joking? I want you to think about what I’m saying. Ignazio is constantly moving around the stage. He’s dancing and keeping the rhythm. He’s swinging the microphone around and constantly nodding towards the orchestra, Gianluca and Piero. Is that the lead up to a joke? I don’t think so. Let me tell you what you are looking at. Ignazio is following every note that is sung or played on that stage. His mind is in motion. He is sensitive and passionate with music. He has the ability to see the music as it is happening. He knows where every instrument should come in and out. That’s why you notice little things like him smiling, nodding, pointing towards the musicians, Gianluca or Piero. He also grabs the baton from the conductor, sometimes to joke but more often to conduct. Think about him conducting the Asti Symphony Orchestra while Marcello Rota sang his tenor part. He wasn’t joking, he was conducting. And, that’s why everyone was watching in amazement. And when it was over, they were speechless. Look at Michele Torpedine go across the stage to embrace him. He is in awe of this young man. You call him funny I call him brilliant! I am going to make a prediction here! Remember you heard it here first. Ignazio will compose a great opera one day.

That’s what I’ve said in the past and now I have to add to this by recognizing Ignazio’s production company, Floki Productions. At 25 he has his own production company. Does this surprise you? It doesn’t surprise me. It makes a lot sense to me.

On February 2, 2014, Ignazio collaborated with singer Roberto Amadè in a project that resulted in a wonderful concert, the Amadè-Boschetto concert which was organized through the Cultural and Artistic Center “Ignazio Boschetto,” with the support of The Town Hall of Marsala. The Teatro Impero archipelago hall has long applauded this initiative which brought together several artists from Marsala.

Ignazio has helped many young people in their careers. In February 2014, Katya Pantaleo, a young singer from Marsala, won the Premio della Critica at Sanremo with the song “Come in paradiso” music, lyrics and arrangement by Ignazio.  

“Come in paradiso” video – Click Here

On August 30, 2014, Chiara Cusumano and Giorgia Vassalo, The Duo Sisters, reached the finals of the Festival di Castrocaro, performing a song composed by Ignazio: “Paura d’Amare”.  

And let’s not forget the beautiful song he wrote “Hablando de ti” that he has performed in concert.  

In an article by Ilvolovers Romania they commented: Ignazio, for what he looks like and also for everything he sometimes hides, is an imposing, brave and authentic young man. Sensitive and passionate, his performance creates a hurricane of feelings for anyone who looks at him and listens to him. For him, the phrase “singing with the heart” is not a metaphor, it is a reality expressed in every gesture and makes us wonder what his eyes see when he sings…

Floki Productions I’m sure is Ignazio’s dream. So, where does the dream begin. Enter Nico Arezzo!

Let’s start where Nico started in Ragusa, Sicily. 

Nico (Domenico) Arezzo was born in Ragusa, Sicily on October 2, 1998. You might say he was born and raised on a stage, initially with drumsticks in his hand … but soon the need to put one note after another brought him to the guitar. Both of his parents are entertainers, his mother Emanuela Curcio is dancer and a dance teacher and his father Peppe Arezzo is a pianist and an Orchestra Conductor.

In an interview during the Sanremo Giovani 2019 Nico said “… I study, write, sing and interpret and in my spare time I run away … my guitar has accompanied me everywhere since 2016 … In the last two years I have been very focused on my music, on my writing, on my way of seeing what is around me? Now I realize that I have an overstuffed suitcase in my hands … I’m just waiting to make the world inside me known to all those who, with a suitcase in hand, will leave with me….” 

“There are too many places I’ve never seen, too many people to meet. I kept telling myself this … did I have to go out … out of the house? How to tell my parents? Thus, was born my song ‘Volo’ (Flight). Flight is an air ticket, flight is blank pages, flight is a house key. (Is it destiny that his song was Volo)” Nico says, “In ‘Volo,’ I sing my escape, the desire to try, to try something else. Escape in secret trying to get out of the world of those you love and those who love you without hurting or suffering.” 

Nico wrote and set to music his song “Volo” which he sang at the Sanremo Festival Giovani in 2019. In the song there is the desire of the singer to live 360 degrees, with joys, pains, emotions and also a lot of love. But that’s not all, what struck everyone about his performance was his ability to play the guitar, an element that has conquered the public, the judges and the critics. 

Nico was not new to the television stage he had already appeared in Xfactor in October 2017. He was presented as the Prince of that edition. The song he sang was Prince’s “Kiss.” He also participated in Amici di Maria De Filippi.

Nico first came to my attention in 2017 when he won the Festival Show in Verona with the song Se Vuoi (If You Want). Nico said he was drawn to the song because, “It’s a song that forces the body to move even without wanting. It’s a fresh song that turns on everything that can be turned on … the same freshness that I want to convey now that the music has taken my whole life.” The song is exciting and lively, like Nico! I remember that his voice captured me. He has lots of rhythm and expression. He immediately captured the audience. And, I’m sure he captured the attention of at least one of the judges there that night, Michele Torpedine.

In many ways Nico reminds me of Ignazio. He knows what he wants and, he goes after it.  

This past January, Nico was the first artist to sign a contract with Ignazio under Floki Productions. This is some of what Nico wrote in a post after signing with Floki.

I never write long posts but, I have to tell you things that are too important:

• I signed… I will be the first artist of the “Floki Production” of the big man @ignazioboschetto with the eye always watchful of the big boss @mtorped… we are talking about the top of the top, we are talking about people who even looking at you make you feel smarter smarter

• It’s been (since the) beginning of January that, every day, I sing I write I eat register I take them I sleep dirty scream I clean them back I laugh I live in a place where people are not well… meaning that maybe they are not even people at the bottom… They first look at you, then they play… and play… and how they sound you’ll hear it. At @takeaway_studios REGISTING my first ALBUM and what’s selling outside is something impressive… to me, something awesome… and thinking I have my first album on my hands, thinking about delivering my first album is something awesome…

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Ignazio said, “A Great project boils in the pot! As soon as this pandemic permits us, we’ll be hanging out with @nico_arezzo’s new album.”

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The way I see it with these two Sicilian kids it has to be great!

Nico you’re One Step from Stardom. Hitch your wagon to a star and follow Ignazio, he knows the road!

All coming very soon!

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

IGNAZIO by Daniela

A few days ago, Ignazio anticipated a great news with a video message.

Here he is…

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This 2020 is giving us many particularly unexpected surprises and what can you do?

You sing from home and make videos for all the people who follow us, who love us. With this video, I would like to thank many people . 

First of all the doctors who during this time made their lives available to others. Here it is:  altruism. I think it’s one of the most important things in the world.

Then I would say thanks to musicians who accompanied me in this video that will be released in a few days. Because they immediately made themselves available from other cities, from other regions. We immediately got to work on making this video. 

For me it is one of the more important songs, because this song makes us understand that we are all part of this world and everyone has a piece of the universe.

And so I decided to propose “Almeno tu nell’ Universo”.  

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O my God, that song is beautiful and Ignazio can interpret it with a lot of feeling.

Two days of waiting and finally the video …..

“THANK YOU GUYS! And today the thought also goes to EZIO BOSSO.”  

How sweet, Ignazio, your caressing but firm and strong voice accompanied us in this sweet and poignant song.

You brought the memory of Mia Martini back to life very well, and you also remembered with a few heartfelt words the great Ezio Bosso, the one who with great passion had brought music everywhere in spite of his illness.

This video is so beautiful, so delicate but which manages to give you an inner charge, thanks also to the evident passion with which Ignazio performs this song.

Chills, chills on the skin.

The whole ensemble was beautiful, and well done, therefore we also remember all the musicians:

GIAMPIERO GRANI = piano
ALESSANDRO QUARTA = Violin
BRUNO FARINELLI = drums
PIERLUIGI MINGOTTI = bass
GINO DE VITA = guitar
ANDREA MORELLI = guitar

Congratulations to all, a really nice group.

Mamma mia, what a thrill !!

I had the pleasure of being present at the Arena in Verona when Ignazio excited the whole Arena with his interpretation and received a long standing ovation.

But even this version, so intimate, in black and white, what can I say ….. it is simply fantastic, the accompaniment is beautiful and the video editing is also excellent (I bet Ignazio), it is very beautiful.

Go Ignazio, amaze us again, we are here ready and waiting for you. 

Daniela 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

PIERO AND A JOKE ON IGNAZIO by Daniela

Our Piero, a few days ago, woke up with the desire to make a joke on someone.

And who could it be, if not poor Ignazio ???

P = Igna, do me a courtesy ….. since Marta from the Press Office called me, and I had to do a video interview, you can do it, which I took this morning ….. I fell asleep …..

I = (Ignazio is very amazed, but he still hasn’t realized what happens, he doesn’t see Piero entirely).

Can you ask Gianluca to do it? Today I have to finish one thing.

P = No, Ignazio, Gianluca cannot. I fell asleep in the sun this morning.

(At this point Piero shows his face, greets Igna with his hand. Ignazio says an exclamation, then and Ignazio’s face is a mixture of amazement and concern 😁)

I put aloe vera ….. (Ignazio doesn’t know what to say, he’s open-mouthed) …. and now my skin is burning, it’s burning me.

I= But why can’t Gianluca?

P = I don’t know, Igna, in your opinion, with aloe vera, it passes.

I = Yes, yes, it must pass. Damn I had to finish one thing.

P = It is important.

I = Who is it with? (the interview)

P = Bho, I don’t know what to do. (Piero laughs, and bring his face closer)

I = Why are you laughing? (observes Piero’s face) But you are crazy.

P = I don’t know what to do “cumpa” (word in Sicilian dialect that is addressed to a friend). I have all scrapes.

I = Of course. But did you wear sunscreen?

P = The oil.

I = Then the oil reacted to you.

P = Sure !!! Good this face mask that I put, I recommend it.

(Piero laughs but Ignazio has not yet understood but begins to suspect).

I = But are you taking me for the bottoms ??? (big laugh by Piero) “Che facisti”. (Sicilian dialect to say “what have you done?”)

P = It’s the face mask. (keep laughing)

I = Bip Bip Bip  (series of censored words)  But is it a face mask?

P = Yes

I = You made me “scantare” (Sicilian word to say frighten). Cretin

P = Bye, bye, I love you!!

I = Bye.

😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

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On Sunday there was a call between Piero and Anastacia. I think you all know the good singer Anastacia.

Their dialogue is very beautiful, and this time no translation is needed, but for those who haven’t seen it, here is the video.

At the beginning Piero says: “Hi everyone, how are you and happy Sunday. Today is a beautiful sunny day. Today I will do a live with a special friend that you all know, but many do not know the human side of this fantastic woman, we have been friends for a long time and I wanted to share a Sunday chat with you. Many know who I’m talking about, here she is” :

 

Really interesting what was said by Piero and Anastacia, and as I’m curious, I went to look for the video of Budapest where Piero said he lost his voice. 

Poor Piero, in the first verse, Ignazio came to his aid, and more ahead,  played only the orchestra. Who knows what fear Piero had, and here it is the video:

And here is a video of a performance at the Arena di Verona, by IL VOLO and ANASTACIA.

Really fun.

Ignazio’s face was an open book, with his faces.

But be careful Piero, Ignazio will surely devise a way to return the joke to you. 

Very nice live between Anastacia and Piero, two good artists.

Daniela

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

IGNAZIO AND THE FANS by Daniela

Really very nice was Ignazio, who wanted to have a contact via Instagram so the fans who could call him. A really kind and nice idea.

Here’s what was said.

At the beginning Ignazio does not understand well how the activation of the calls works and says that it is too difficult and repeatedly asks for HELP, then complains that he must choose who to talk to and he does not want to do it, but only in this way he can access someone, so he then he says that will choose randomly.

The first call is with a fan from Naples who immediately asks Ignazio how he is. He replies that he is fine and that as soon as this invasion ends (he means the virus) the concert programs will continue, he says they will make the Arena and then Milan and then Taormina. (Ignazio practically assumes that from August onwards their concert program will remain intact.)

The girl says she is from Castellamare di Stabia, near Pompeii and that she can’t wait to see them again.

Ignazio also greets her mother who tells him that they love him. The fan’s dad also greets Ignazio and asks him why he stayed in Bologna. Ignazio replies that he lives in Bologna, but, he had to come to Sicily, but for the virus he cannot move. A friend also arrives, happily says goodbye to Ignazio and tells him to come quickly to Naples to eat the sfogliatelle (typical Neapolitan sweets).

Final greetings.

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Ignazio regrets having to choose, but at this point he contacts a fan from Brazil, he hopes that the fan speaks English because he does not speak Portuguese.

Instead the girl immediately says that she does not speak English, but speaks Italian and Ignazio is happy.

Her sister also intervenes and she also speaks Italian, they are happy and excited that they are online with Ignazio. The girls are from Rio de Janeiro and say they will come to the Verona concert .

Ignazio replies that then they will meet in August and says goodbye.

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At this point Ignazio says he has a little surprise and contacts a girl named Arianna. She sent Ignazio a message, where she said that her grandfather passed away recently. He was an unknown singer-songwriter. Arianna sent the  to Ignazio of a grandfather song entitled “A Riva Mare” (By the Seashore).

Ignazio tries to sing it, Arianna has  a lot of emotion, almost in tears.

(I will translate the song – it’s in Neapolitan, I hope to understand right … I also asked Jo Ann Tischler for help and for this I thank her!)

“A Riva Mare” (By the Seashore)

By the seashore, it hurts more than any pain. Looking at the waves of the sea, which spoke of love.

Fly dove fly, carrying my love far away from me.

Come back, come to Ischia (island near Capri) with me.

Don’t make me suffer; don’t make me die.

A loud noise beats hard in my heart:  “It was a lie, a little jealousy, that you can’t understand.”

You can understand, loud noise [in my heart].  Cry with me if this love doesn’t come back here.

Come back, come back to Ischia, to me, because hope is the last to die.

……really nice words, very moving)

Arianna thanks Ignazio, sends him kisses and applauds him. She tells him that he is immense and that there should be more people like him in the world. ❤️ She says her grandpa would be delighted.

Ignazio says he has also made a video and will publish it soon. Arianna thanks him infinite times and tells him that he has given a little light in this dark period, and thanks him with all her heart. She says that with her there are grandmother and mother who thank him with all their heart.

Ignazio asks where in Naples that she lives and what work she does. Arianna replies that she is from San Giorgio, a municipality in Naples and that she is a photographer of newborn children. Ignazio says that, so she could take a picture of him, with the pacifier and the diaper!😁

Final greetings.

Ignazio is happy to have made the basis for this song. Arianna sent him the video of his grandfather singing acapella these beautiful words, and he slowly tried to insert some background music. He says that once more romantic words were written, compared to the songs of today.

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A fan asks Ignazio if he will come to Marsala soon and he says yes, because he misses Marsala, also because he has all the friends he misses there.

Ignazio is no longer able to connect and then says that he disconnects the live broadcast and then turns it back on. It finally works.

The girl calls from Puerto Rico, asks Ignazio how he is and Ignazio says he is fine, closed in his home.

Even the girl confirms that she is also in quarantine but that it is difficult. Ignazio advises her to be a good girl and not to leave the house. The girl says she is studying and Ignazio tells her that she hasn’t studied all year and is now recovering 😁.

Then the girl says the names of some of her friends, all Volovers, and asks Ignazio to greet them. Ignazio greets them and then sends a kiss.

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The next call is from Argentina, it is a grandmother and granddaughter, the grandmother is Italian.

Ignazio says that now he has been vegan since late November, after seeing a documentary. Even the girl says she tries to be vegan and Ignazio says it’s hard to be vegan in Argentina.

The girl says that in October, Il Volo came to Argentina, to Luna Park, and her grandmother wanted to see them, give them a kiss, but she couldn’t. The grandmother is from Salerno and went to Argentina at the age of 14.

The grandmother asks how Piero and Gianluca are and Ignazio says what they are doing and says they are fine, all in their quarantined houses, that it is becoming a double quarantine!

Grandma confirms that they too are in quarantine, eat, drink and sleep. The granddaughter says that in her grandmother’s house, she has a photo of her grandchildren on the bedside table and nearby is the photo of Il Volo. Grandma confirms that every night, when she goes to sleep, she looks at them and says that she loves them very much. ❤️

Ignazio thanks, sends them a kiss and says goodbye.

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Ignazio complains that he doesn’t like to choose, because he doesn’t want to offend anyone and says he is in trouble.

The name of a girl is Ginoble and then Ignazio says to call Gianluca.😁

The connection is with a laughing girl, because she was having dinner. She calls from Ukraine, from Kiev, Ignazio asks her why she speaks Italian and she replies that she is an Italian teacher.

The girl also confirms that she is in quarantine.

She was at the Kiev concert last year, and it was beautiful, her name is Anna.

Ignazio says he spends his days watching TV series, or playing and then confirms that for now the total closure, by decree, is up to April 13 (here in Italy), but he thinks that it will go further, at least until May-June.

Anna confirms June-July for her.

Final greetings.

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The Internet is blocked again, but time is almost over and Ignazio is happy to have had this experience.

He reads some contacts:
Monterey
Matera
Mexico
Peru

Ignazio apologizes because he can no longer connect and then decides to sing a song, takes the guitar and says that he is self-taught, has never studied guitar, then asks to apologize for the mistakes.

Then he performs a refrain of songs and then ends with “Tirichitolla”.😁

Ignazio greets everyone, sends a kiss and ensures that he will make other connections like this. ❤️

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And this is the video that Ignazio promised to Arianna. A truly beautiful gesture, good Ignazio.

I have translated the words of Ignazio.

“Wandering on Instagram I read the message of a girl, who spoke of her grandfather who died a short time ago, told me that he was a songwriter, writer, who had never been lucky, was not known. She sent me the video of his grandfather singing this song, of which he had written only the lyrics and the melody, and none had ever written the music.

I took this thing to heart and gave myself a gift, to be honored to be able to remember this man, Mr. Vincenzo.

Enjoy!”

(in the video Mr. Vincenzo)
Arianna = For you in a special exhibition, Vincenzo.
Vincenzo =  A RIVE MARE (At the seaside) Unpublished.

By publishing the video, Ignazio wrote these words:
Grandparents are only the most beautiful thing in the world .. will be that my grandparents are all up there, looking at us from the sky, but it was the least I could do for grandpa Vincenzo …

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Ignazio, what can I say, you have a huge heart and a good soul.

Thanks for what you are and what you do.

You are a treasure.

Daniela ❤️

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.