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RETURN TO ITALY, HOME by Daniela

You all know the news: Piero, Gianluca and Ignazio have just returned home.

Here’s what Gianluca just wrote and which I translate.

Fiumicino, ore 14.30
Dopo due mesi di tour negli Stati Uniti, sono tornato in Italia, fra poche ore sarò di nuovo a casa.

Ricordo che mentre partivo mi dicevano “Vedrai che il tempo vola… tanto qui non si muove una paglia”. Invece, mentre io non c’ero, le cose succedevano eccome, anche se non mi rendevo bene conto della situazione perché ero lontano ed impegnato. Poi, qualche giorno fa quando Conte è intervenuto in diretta nazionale è stato qualcosa di inatteso che mi ha profondamente toccato. In quel momento, mi ha assalito la nostalgia di casa e soffrivo al pensiero che il nostro paese, il più bello di tutti, stesse attraversando un periodo così critico.

Oggi viviamo un periodo storico che ricorderemo per tutta la vita. Queste emozioni forti, le paure, le speranze… ce le porteremo per sempre con noi, ma la prossima volta che vivremo quello che fino a qualche giorno fa davamo per scontato, lo faremo con un’altra coscienza e avrà tutto un altro sapore. Il sapore di qualcosa che non ci è stato regalato dalla nascita, ma di qualcosa che ci siamo dovuti riprendere attraverso le rinunce a cui siamo chiamati oggi.

#iorestoacasa con la mia famiglia, fatelo anche voi e riflettete su quando valga un abbraccio perché io sono tornato, dopo due mesi fuori, e non posso stringere chi mi è mancato.

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Fiumicino airport, 2.30 pm

After two months of touring the United States, I went back to Italy, in a few hours I will be home again.

I remember that while I was leaving they said to me “You will see that time flies … then, nothing ever happens here.” Instead, while I was not there, things did happen, even if I did not realize the situation because I was far away and busy. Then, a few days ago when Conte (Prime Minister) spoke nationally it was something unexpected that deeply touched me. At that moment, homesickness assailed me and I suffered at the thought that our country, the most beautiful of all, was going through such a critical period.

Today we live in a historical period that we will remember for a lifetime. These strong emotions, fears, hopes … we will take them forever with us, but the next time we live what we took for granted a few days ago, we will do it with another conscience and it will have a completely different flavor . The taste of something that has not been given to us since birth, but something that we had to take back through the renunciations to which we are called today.

I stay at home with my family, do it too and think about when a hug is worth it, because I came back after two months spent outside, and I can’t hug those I missed.

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This was posted by Piero.

Covid19 is dangerous for those with respiratory problems and we remember that Piero suffers from asthma.

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Here is a message posted by Piero after his return to Naro:

Hi friends, sorry if I only write now but it took some time to realize everything that’s going on. I came back yesterday from the United States, we were there since January and believe me that we didn’t get a chance to fully understand what was happening here in Italy. We had the full perception of the emergency just a few days ago and we made the decision to stop the final part of our American tour to return to Italy before all the airlines closed. In these weeks between concert and another we met tens of thousands of people, and before returning to Italy we were informed us about the precautions to be taken. Currently in voluntary isolation, I am here at home, in my own country, with all the necessary comforts. I think I’m lucky for this. I have taken on this responsibility and will pass my quarantine without seeing my parents, grandparents, only with the purpose of protecting them. All of this has made it easier for me to see the reaction of my country, Naro, united right now, with a punctual administration in the information it gives to the citizens. I therefore say to my friends, to those who follow me and anyone who reads these few lines: everyone stay home and follow the WHO information. To face all this looking into perspective because sooner or later it will all pass. And if we stick to these rules it will pass faster. See you very soon, Piero

“And here they are at home welcomed by their tender friends.”

 

We have to stay at home and then the people, who cannot meet, in Naples did this, everyone on the windows and on the balconies to make their voices heard, because nobody is alone.

At the beginning and end of the video, they sing the anthem of Mameli, the Italian national anthem.

Here in Italy, everywhere they are putting up signs with this writing:

ANDRÀ TUTTO BENE  (IT WILL BE WELL) !!! 

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And tonight we will light a candle at the window to tell our doctors, nurses and police personnel that we thank them for their hard work.

ANDRÀ TUTTO BENE

Daniela 

 

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AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE by Daniela

In these days of expansion, unfortunately, of the Covid19 virus, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca have recorded this video.

I will translate what they say.

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È per il bene di tutti! #iorestoacasa

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I = (to Piero) Did you wash your hands before pressing?

P = Yes I washed my finger (used to activate the video).
 
Hi guys, we are on tour in the US, we will end in 4/5 days (he got confused, he meant 4/5 concerts) and we will return to Italy.
Maybe from here we don’t realize how serious the situation can be.

I = But surely, now that we return, we will stay at home, for our own good, but above all for the good of all.

G = Yes, to avoid contagion and please, wash your hands, which is equally important.

P = We follow the rules, no hugs, no kisses.

I = But have you thought about what to do when we are at home?

P = I will definitely not call you.

I = I will go every day to play tennis.

P = You can’t go out …

I = Why not?

G = You can’t leave the house, you can’t do anything, I’ll give you a racket on your head …

P = Play ping pong at home. Bye guys.

G = Bye

I = Bye

Important 01

Very good, you have given an important message, but always with a smile on your lips.
We have already seen that since the San Josè concert, you have never gone down in the public, in compliance with the rules.

The CoronaVirus, it is testing us, are difficult moments, but we will do it.
Little is missing and you will go home.

Important 02

My personal addition . . .

I live in Lombardy and yesterday it was decreed: RED AREA, that is, at high risk of infection. All schools, churches, cinemas, theaters and non-food shops closed on weekends. We are prohibited to leave the house unless strictly necessary.

We must keep distance between one person and another and wash our hands very well.

It is true there are many infected, but I want to clarify that many swabs have been made, over 50 thousand, and most of them have been positive, but without any symptoms.

Me and my whole family are fine.

A big hug to the whole crew. ❤

Daniela

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EATALY AND IL VOLO by Daniela

On Wednesday 10 April, Piero. Ignazio and Gianluca warned that they were going to Paris …… we are all wondering, to do what ????

Actually a small clue had already been given by this photo published a few days ago. 

The wording says, “with the great Oscar Farinetti of Eataly”.

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For those who don’t know, Oscar Farinetti is an Italian entrepreneur and business manager who founded the Eataly chain. Eataly is a chain of medium and large retail stores specializing in the sale and distribution of Italian food products.

The question could be …… and what does IL VOLO have to do with Eataly and with Paris?

The answer is that April 12 in Paris opens a new store of the Eataly chain, at the La Fayette Gallery.

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Wednesday was open by invitation, IL VOLO, delighted all guests with traditional Italian songs. 

We could not miss “GRANDE AMORE”.

 

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IL VOLO with Emanuele Rabotti, owner of an Italian winery based in Franciacorta.

What can I say, the Italian taste for the excellent food, combined with listening to “the beautiful song”, I would say a sublime union.

Even Farinetti seemed enthusiastic about the event.

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“LA TRAVIATA”

 

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And after a good music …… at the table …. Piero brought his little sister to Paris.

 

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Gianluca with the Italian soccer goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

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And Ignazio with Gianluigi Buffon.

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But perhaps not everyone remembers that IL VOLO has already participated in an opening of EATALY in Milan, in 2014.

Here they are in this short video singing “IL MONDO”.

Too cute, in 2014.

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Other photos from EATALY Paris:

Guys, you are always very active, one event after another. Run home, Saturday you have an appointment in Italy on Canale 5.

After all those food pictures, I got hungry!  

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

A Magnificent Concert:Marostica, by Daniela

And finally the big day of MY concert of my guys arrived … yes because that’s how I feel this event, a concert, all for me, performed by my dear guys Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.

First of all I tell you that it was a FANTASTIC concert !!!!!
The things I want to tell you are many, but let’s go in order.
We arrived in Marostica in the afternoon of a very hot day. The soundcheck was scheduled for 6 pm.
I had never seen Marostica before and I must tell you that it is a beautiful little fortified city, that is, crossed by the boundary walls that had to protect the city.
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Now, these walls enclose the city center and the beautiful Piazza degli Scacchi where there will be the concert.
Piazza degli Scacchi is so called because it has the shape of a large chessboard, where every year there is a game, made with human chess.
At 18: all ready in front of the entrance, check the pass to us, there is an incredible heat, unfortunately we will wait outside for an hour, because the security was not yet present, the guys are already on stage, we see nothing but we hear them.
What incredible voices.
Someone had the nice idea to record at least the voices.
And while we waited for them to open their doors, look who I met? Wendy and Joanie who have just finished Naro’s tour with RoseMarie.
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When they finally opened the gates, they told us that it was absolutely forbidden to make videos or photos. Only the people of the fan club could do it.
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In this video fragment without audio made by the fan club, there’s also my husband and I. Who can find me?
You could not get close to the boys who finished the rehearsals with the orchestra, and they greeted us. 
And finally I take possession of my place.
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And here we are at the time of the concert.
Piero advises that they are ready to enter the stage.
HERE THEY ARE
From this point, start my videos, I took almost everything, even the dialogues between one song and another, until I filled the memory of the video camera.
NESSUN DORMA
followed by GRANADA, which I did not record. 
In the next video, before presenting the next song, Ignazio and Piero present, joking, the orchestra teacher Parmeggiani, saying that he is tall with blond hair and blue eyes, just like them.
They present the entire Filarmonica Veneta orchestra, and then present the next song, ARANJUEZ, solo by Gianluca.
E LUCEAN LE STELLE: Piero solo
In the next video, Ignazio, begins a speech, which will resume several times during the evening, making everyone laugh.
The square is bordered by houses of at least 3 floors, the house that is on the right of the stage, has a large balcony on the first floor, and that balcony is full of people watching the concert.
Ignazio starts by telling Piero that he is studying to become a surveyor, and so he will raise the walls, so there will be no more evaders …… because these people are watching the concert without paying the ticket. Everyone laughs.
Piero then says that these people have bought houses, so they are in their homes and can watch the concert.
Ignazio says to Piero: “what’s the reasoning?” So I buy a house inside the football stadium, so I can watch all the games for free “.
Everyone laughs.
Piero says: “You know I tell you, let’s go on singing”
and Ignazio replies: “but the fact remains that they have not paid the ticket” !!
TORNA A SURRIENTO.
CORE N’GRATO
AVE MARIA MATER MISERICORDIAE 
O PAESE DO SOLE 
Now, Ignazio tells Piero, “Do you know the rest of the warrior?”
Piero = What does the warrior’s rest have to do with it now?
Ignazio = It has to do with it, because you are like a warrior
Piero = To be with you, yes, I am.
Ignazio = That is, you are a great warrior, even if you are smaller than me
Gianluca = Where do you want to get there?
Piero = Ignazio, we’ve known each other for 10 years, where do you want to arrive, say it in your own words.
Ignazio = Rest a little.
Gianluca = He’s sending him away
Piero = I go, I’m sorry for you (to the public), but I’m going to rest (then asks Ignazio) but then I can come back, after this song?
Ignazio = If you want, you see.
(while Piero leaves the stage, he plays the tubular bells)
Ignazio = What is it?
Gianluca = Piero goes away, with the sound effects. He leaves with style.
Ignazio = (to the public) This new song, for me, is one of the most beautiful songs, sung in a musical, because precisely, it is part of one of the most beautiful musicals in American history.
Gentlemen and gentlemen (then he correct) ladies and gentlemen, we are gentlemen……. from West Side Story:
MARIA
MY WAY
In the next video, Piero asks Wendy Campbell and Joanie Greenspan, to get up, then says that Wendy, today is at her 62nd concert of IL VOLO and Joanie at 65th, people applaud.
Ignazio asks Wendy and Joanie to get up and then adds “in practice, they, their retirement, instead of going to the casino, come to our concerts”.
Ignazio adds a sentence in Sicilian dialect and Gianluca says: “Ignazio was born in Bologna”
Piero starts talking but Ignazio stops him and addresses Gianluca “Why is it a disease, born in Bologna?”
Gianluca = No, but from the accent, one would not say, why …
Ignazio = (to the people), I will tell you my story, if you have two seconds.
Piero = Now the brioches for breakfast arrive …..
Ignazio = I was born 8 years after my sister, in Bologna, and after 9 years we moved to Sicily and as soon as I set foot there, I became Sicilian.
Gianluca = And you have completely forgotten the Bolognese accent
Ignazio = yes, I forgot it in Calabria (on the way arriving in Sicily), the Sicilian accent has become part of me …… we want to present the next song?
Gianluca = I would say that it is the case to go on.
Piero = (to the crowd) Now you will be alone with Ignazio, who will sing for you, especially for the Americans so be careful with the pronunciation:
TONIGHT
O SURDATO NNAMMURATO, I’m sorry, half the video is out of focus, then I changed the batteries!
CELITO LINDO
NO PUEDE SER : Piero
LIBIAM DE LIETE CALICI
At this point the classical part of the concert ends, the boys get rid of the jackets, the pop part begins …….you will also hear my voice, Ignazio asked the crowd to sing!
IL MONDO
IO CHE NON VIVO
In the next video I resumed a comic situation, that now I translate for you.
I = We were, eating at the Castle, and it was very good.
P = Where there is food there is Ignazio.
I = Anyway I like it all, in this city …… apart from those who do not pay on the balcony, I have to say two little words to the mayor.
G = Look, the mayor is here in the front row.
I = you and me (to the mayor) we have to talk for a moment.
P = Mayor, give Ignazio the keys to the city, so he will be happy.
I = Let me finish (he tells Piero)
P = What worries you?
I = It ‘s the second time that while we are here to do one of our concerts, because I remember, that is displayed a billboard written PIERO WANT TO MARRY ME? ……… (Ignazio goes to the girl) not it’s convenient for you.
P = But he is still young
I = Where is your dad?
P = Is it here in the square or not?
I = she will be 18 (the girl answers 14 years) …… what ?? Go home!! Come back in 4 years.
G = Better between 10.
I = You’re beautiful now, I imagine in 4 years.
P = (responding to the girl), Honey, I’ll think about it but ……. (he looks at the sign) but are there already answers? SI SI SI.
G = You have no choice.
P = ok, I will answer you SE
G = Let’s applause this sweet girl.
P = She wants a kiss
I = Go and give her a kiss
(sweet hug and kiss, and Piero detaches his hands to show, to the father of the little girl, that he does not touch her!)
L’AMORE SI MUOVE  
and at this point the memory of the camera is filled, end of the games …… I tried again to film but it continued to turn off. Sin.
Then they sang O SOLE MIO that I have not resumed and then Ignazio says that we can approach the barriers, and asks everyone to sing with them, start VOLARE .
I can not even record the ending with GRANDE AMORE with all the front people singing and moving their phones with the light on.
But I propose you this little video filmed by the fan club.
And now, look how wonderful the square full of people is.
It seems impossible to me, but I was in the second row.
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What do you want me to tell you …… it was a FANTASTIC, WONDERFUL, UNIQUE concert.
They are exceptional professionals, good, nice, beautiful, we say “beautiful outside and inside”.
I tried not to lose any detail, only to be able to tell it to you.
Too bad not to have been able to approach them.
But it does not matter, there will be a next time and maybe I will be more fortunate ….. but what I say, I was already lucky, I saw a beautiful concert performed by our treasures, IGNAZIO, PIERO and GIANLUCA, our beloved IL VOLO .
 
I hope you enjoyed it too: Daniela
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WIND MUSIC AWARDS by Daniela

On June 5 and 6, the WIND MUSIC AWARDS took place in Italy. This event awards Italian artists who have had the best sales during the year and also the largest number of people attending the concerts, the so-called “live” prize.

IL VOLO was expected in the second evening. The event was recorded and will be broadcast by RAI 1 on June 12 .

Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca received the “live platinum” award for a presence in the Italian concerts of over 100 thousand people.

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The guys arrived in Verona in the afternoon to take part in the rehearsals, here is the video of their arrival.

 

 

We did not know what song they would sing, usually there is only one song, and I sincerely hoped it would be “Noche sin dia,” because the Arena was full of very young people, also what better stage to present the new single?

Evidently, the refusal to listen to the single in Italy, was observed and so, the choice went to a mix between “L’Amore si muove and Grande Amore”.

They are two beautiful songs and, even if it’s just a video recorded from the top of the Arena, it’s great to see the total ensemble and to let you listen to how the audience sings with the guys “Grande Amore.”

In addition to the compliments, the guys were asked what programs they have for the future and Gianluca has confirmed that there will be BIG SURPRISES.

Of course, hearing all the people singing along with the boys makes me shiver …..

Here are two other videos taken by the public.

 

 

And here’s a special photo. The boys are in the company of Federica Andreoli, and Francesca Loy respectively they are the producer and actress of the film Un Amore Così Grande.

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More photos of the evening.

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Good as always, the guys deserve all these prizes.

Expect other awards.

Daniela

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