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NARO, AN AWARD FOR PIERO by Daniela

On August 16th, Piero received an award from his beloved NARO.

Let’s go in order:

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This message was published by Piero, I translate the words:

On August 16th evening I will have the pleasure of dedicating time to my splendid NARO: being recognized and honored, from one’s native country, is an honor that is not at all obvious.

Here are the roots, here my story is born: the houses, the alleys, the faces, with which I grew up and of which I could tell a thousand stories.

At the moment, I will tell you only one, the affection I have for my country.

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All Naro waits on the beautiful staircase.

Here is the moment of Piero’s arrival.

And here is the awarding of the prize, by the mayor, very proud of our Piero.

Mayor = Meanwhile I wanted to put the institutional band, even if it is wrong (Piero rushes to fix the band), to give the official status of the institution, the solemnity of this moment, to pay our affection, our gratitude, to a great, to an international star, which is Piero. (applause)

Considering that at this moment, I do not feel I am just the mayor of Naro and its 7500 inhabitants, but I feel like the mayor of all the Naresi (inhabitants of Naro) scattered all over the world.

So I make myself an interpreter, of all the Naresi, scattered around the world, to say THANK YOU to Piero, for the emotions he always gives us. I also greet all the friends of Canicattì who are here for Piero.

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I will not dwell much, but I must tell you that I am particularly excited. You saw the first part of the video (before calling Piero, they projected a video dedicated to Piero ), well, that little boy was Piero …. (to Piero) I don’t know where your grandfather is … . (Piero indicates with his hand, on the stairway). Pietro, a big hug to Pietro, to whom a family friendship, of many years, binds me.

That mayor of 10 years ago, when Piero started it all, was me.

To give you the prize, I would like to call Magda. (Magda is a small child, new promising star of Naro, Piero goes to meet Magda and kisses her.)

With the hope that in 10 years we will be here again to celebrate even Magda.

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Best wishes Piero. (kisses and hugs to Piero and delivery of the prize)

I was at Piero’s house, I saw, how many plaques, how many photos with “the powerful of the world” ….. Piero, but this is the gift of NARO !!! (applause)

One last thing and I finish, a memory, when they, in the theater of Taormina, dedicated the song to their mother, and he bowed and Eleonora, beat the song’s rhythm on his leg ….. Eleonora and Gaetano, thank you for what you you have done, for believing us, for the sacrifices you have made to make him a great man.(applause, a second awarding ceremony continues, during which Vincenzo Porrello gives Piero a special gift.) 

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And here is the video broadcast by local television. At the beginning Piero sings a beautiful song “NARO FULGENTISSIMA” (I think his grandfather composed it, during the video, while Piero sings, you can see his father Gaetano and his mother Eleonora, sitting on the staircase, near a white lantern.)

Mayor = For us it is a source of great pride, to celebrate 10 years of IL VOLO activity, but in particular, allow me, of our fellow citizen Piero BaroneA boy who is an international star, but who has remained a humble boy, has remained a boy devoted to his city.

I am the mayor of all the Naresi scattered in the world and for us, having Piero Barone this evening, who is the ambassador of the beauties of this city, but above all of the heart and love, of this city, can only make me absolutely happy.

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Piero = My first thought, but I also think of all of you here, goes to the Bracco family, for the pain that struck them. (a young citizen of Naro, on vacation on the lake near Rome, drowned … applause).

The love I have for this country, and for our city, will never end.

Host = What do you feel for this city?

Piero= Naro, it’s me, it’s my blood. I grew up here, my whole story is here.

If it’s about my past, it’s all my grandfather’s fault, he gave me my passion for music.

When I was 8, it was he, my grandfather Pietro, who had me engraved,  “UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE”

In one of those beautiful summer evenings over 10 years ago, my grandfather made my father hear that song, and from that moment, my father, stubborn as he is, every time someone came into the garage (he repaired cars), put me up on the bonnet of cars and made me sing either “GRANADA” or “UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE”. I couldn’t take any more, every customer heard “GRANADA” or “UN AMORE COSÌ GRANDE” (Piero’s parents laugh).

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In the same evening, there was the election of Miss Naro, and here is Piero photographed with all the participants.

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Some shots of the evening, thanks to Il Volo Sicilia fanpage.

 

What a beautiful emotion Piero, to hear you sing that beautiful song dedicated to Naro.

And your words, for your city, fill every citizen with pride. 

Bravo Piero !!

Daniela

 

Piero Barone with Nonno Piero Ognibene Singing “Naro Fulgentissima”

 

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

IL VOLO’S PUPPETS by Daniela

What I want to tell you today, can be considered a beautiful story, a modern history of our times.

It all started a few months ago, when IL VOLO announced that the expected US concert tour had moved from 2019 to 2020. 😢

Among the many sad comments, the one in particular that caught my attention was the comment from SUSAN, a member of the FLIGHT CREW, she was very sorry because with so much love and dedication, she had prepared a surprise to deliver to Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, during a meet and greet after their concert.

The surprise had been ready for a few months and Susan was worried because it would be at least another year that the puppets would be in her home and not given to the boys. 

I exchanged a couple of comments with Susan and then we privately communicated with emails.
Susan immediately made me aware of what this surprise was that she had prepared for IL VOLO…three beautiful puppets, with the features of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.

When I saw their picture, sent to me by Susan, I immediately thought, “They are really beautiful.”

Susan told me that she herself had made the design of these puppets, establishing measures, deciding their appearance and their clothing and arranging an internal function to be operated by a small button. Yes, because these puppets can also sing! Of course everyone has a different song –  Gianluca sings “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, Piero sings “My Way” and Ignazio sings “Torna a Surriento”.

Susan personally followed the details and worked with a professional puppet maker to actually construct them, but always deciding on the smallest details such as Piero’s hat, Ignazio’s earring, an Italian soccer ball dog tag for each, ear buds for Gianluca, brooches (like Lardini’s) on the jackets’ lapels and all of the American accessories to welcome them to the United States for their concerts. Formidable a job well done and well prepared!

But Susan wanted the puppets to go to their masters, without having to wait another year. And so, together, we looked for ways to get them to come to Italy.

It wasn’t easy. The puppets were a nice size, three feet each. Every package had to be prepared very well in order to avoid damage, moreover the journey to Italy was long, so all the necessary precautions had to be taken.

And, someone here in Italy had to receive them.

Susan is a perfectionist, she did not want the puppets to arrive in Italy with untidy hair, and so she called her hairdresser to her house. The hairdresser was able to comb and apply mousse and hairspray, because the hair was made of synthetic fur.  

Now they were ready!

Having overcome all these problems, the puppets started from the US, 🇺🇸 destination Italy.  🇮🇹

It had to be a fast and trouble-free journey ……… I said I had to, because of problems and delays there were so many, just say they had to arrive in a few days …….. and instead!!!!

How many problems, mainly due to customs, the puppets had to pass endless passages through the scanner and delivery delays, but then on the third attempt, and after Susan had spoken to UPS International Resolutions three times already, they were delivered after having been scanned 18 times during their journey!

Incidentally and by pure luck, Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, at the time of delivery, were together and so all three were able to see their own personal puppet at the same time!

The boys were impressed by the beautiful gift, in particular the details used and the beautiful idea of Susan.

Everyone could have kept their own puppet, but it was a pity, because it meant dividing them and so they thought to keep them together by putting them in a common place: Naro’s HouseTeca.

The idea also appealed to Susan, what better place than that, which is visited every year by many fans? So they would be visible to everyone.

And then they left for another trip, but this time shorter and at the end …………. here they are, they arrived at their destination !!!!

This video demonstrates the happy ending of the story, here are the three puppets which arrived at their destination and were placed exactly under the banner of the victory of Sanremo. They seem right there to witness the beautiful victory.

Well the long journey is over and the three puppets have had a beautiful place of honor.

Susan, you had a fantastic idea. You had a lot of patience and dedication.

The boys will have been impressed by this gift of yours and we also want to congratulate you, for the good idea and for having followed the whole project with such dedication.

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and video.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR BOYS by Daniela

For info on the Panama youth day vigil tonight 6:30p Panama time and Mass tomorrow, scroll all the way to the end.

Yesterday on the official page of IL VOLO was published this beautiful message from our boys:

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Hi  #ilvolovers! We are almost ready! We promised you a 2019 full of surprises and start immediately!

On February 22nd our new album “Musica” will be released, and shortly we will communicate in the stories the link to the PRE ORDER AVAILABLE FROM TODAY on Amazon.

We are leaving for Panama, tomorrow we will sing for the Pope, the emotion is great and in these days we can not think of anything else, but as you know, we are preparing for another important event … Sanremo festival and we can not wait to present the single “Musica che resta” on the stage of the Ariston!

You are ready?

Yes, you got it right, the new CD, the CD of pop-lyric music, will be released on February 22nd. In it, is the new song that will be presented at Sanremo MUSICA CHE RESTA will also be contained.

For now you can pre-order on Amazon.

This will be a month full of events, the Sanremo Festival is getting closer and closer.

Meanwhile, the cities of our boys begin to encourage.

I LOVE NARO the city of the baroque, has published this post:

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“It would be nice that all the Narese would share this post in the Facebook profile since our fellow citizen Piero Barone brings ever higher our beloved city of Naro.

Musica Che Resta is a song by Il Volo.

It is the song with which they participate in Sanremo 2019.

For the trio this is the second time on the stage of the Ariston, after the victory of Sanremo 2015 with Grande Amore.

The song speaks of a love and the strength it gives to move forward:

“Love hug me, I want to protect you, we are the sun on a rainy day, tonight hold me, kiss my soul, we are true music that remains.”

The text of Musica Che Resta was written, among others, by a great name of Italian rock music: Gianna Nannini.”

 

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This is the beautiful banner hanging above the bar in the middle of the square of Montepagano !! The inhabitants of Gianluca are really nice.

Also this event was published: Tuesday, January 29 press conference of IL VOLO where they will exhibit their projects for the year 2019 and 2020 ……….. surely they also talk about the tour !!!!

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But in the meantime our boys are certainly not resting.

Yesterday they left for PANAMA for the WYD event.

G = Just arrived at the Amsterdam airport, ready for this flight to Panama, about 12 hours, but it will be a magnificent experience. Follow us on this journey.

P = Boys, we are in Amsterdam, we will soon board the flight to Panama, because tomorrow we will sing in front of Pope Francis, for the World Youth Day. Hello.

(the sweet Barbara is always with them)

Ignazio: Hi everyone! We’ve just wrapped up the shooting of “Musica Che Resta” video.

Gianluca: This Saturday we’ll experience a great emotion because we’ll sing a very special “Ave Maria” for Pope Francis in Panama.

Piero: As you know, when we’ll come back in Italy Sanremo Festival awaits us, to sing for the first time our new song. We can’t wait to present you, let you listen our new single “Musica Che Resta” on stage at the Ariston theater. 

 

In fact, two days ago the filming of the new video ended, little is known of it, but it seems to have been made in Milan.

G = We are recording the video with a great director, Mauro Russo.

MR = Come on Gianluca, you cannot say that we are recording the video, now we are not doing anything.

G = Look what kind. We are doing a masterpiece.

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……. and there is someone who has a lot of fun, during makeup sessions….our Ignazio is too funny. 😂 😂

 

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I am very excited! We will see the boys sing in front of the Pope and to thousands and thousands of young people from all over the world. Simply fantastic!

At 6:30 pm (Panama time) today, the vigil in Panama will begin and the boys may sing.

Sunday at 8.00 am (Panama time) there will be Mass, where our boys will sing the Ave Maria.

For those who want to follow the live streaming please try the link below.

TV2000 Live link – Click Here

(This link may not work for those in the United States.)

Also, EWTN is carrying live World Youth Day coverage on their cable channel.

If you don’t have that channel on your cable line-up you can view a live stream on the EWTN website.

EWTN Live Stream – Click Here

 

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So, are you all ready for the great news of the next days?

I am waiting for you all for the comments and your impressions.

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

PIERO and the PROMISES to MAINTAIN by Daniela

June 20 in Italy is the first day of school exams for the baccalaureate.

But perhaps not everyone knows that among the many students, there was a person that we know very well: PIERO.

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Here is the article that announced it:

Corriere Agrigentino Article – click here

I translate:

PIERO BARONE TESTS TO GRADUATE. FOR THE ARTIST OF IL VOLO THIS MORNING FIRST ITALIAN TEST AT THE FEDERICO II OF NARO INSTITUTE.

Promises are promised and those made to parents must be honored and maintained. For this reason, this morning, Piero Barone, voice of the musical group of “Il Volo” at the age of 25 will sit between the benches of the technical and commercial institute “Federico II” of his country, Naro, to support the first test of Italian in field of the 2018 graduation exams. School that depends on the Institute Galileo Galilei of Canicattì led by the head teacher Professor Vincenzo Fontana. Objective of the artist from Agrigento, – as the newspaper La Sicilia writes today – obtaining the diploma of maturity in Administration, Finance and Marketing, address to which he was regularly enrolled, concluded the junior high school, but who had to leave to devote himself to music with tours and commitments that in recent years have brought him to every part of the world.

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These days, those who know him well, told of Piero engaged in books and exercises. In short, struggling with a pre-exam tension like that experienced by millions of Italian students. But that morning, there is to bet, many tried to capture this event. Many would try to capture selfies, photos, dedications. However, it was necessary that the commission made sure that didn’t happen.

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Piero did the first two written tests, then on Friday, June 22 he reached Sorrento for the Agnes Award and while he was in the car, he was studying for exams. Monday 25 he hd the last written test and then will have to do the oral exam.

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In fact, Piero has published on the official fan club a video where he talks about the exams, unfortunately the video and the translation cannot be published, otherwise I would have added it.

But the translation of the video to you I can give. Read it, it’s so sweet…..

Hi fan club friends, how are you? As you well know, this year among the work commitments, I managed to take the exams to take the diploma. I did the first two exams. At the first rehearsal, I made the topic about the Constitution, and I think it was fine. The second test, Business Administration, was much more difficult, but we did a team work with the class and we succeeded (maybe it means that the students helped him). Now I’m in the car, I’m going to Sorrento for the Agnes award, which will air on June 27th, and I’m studying for the oral exam. I’m going home in a couple of days for the third test, I’m getting ready for that too. Now I’m reviewing French but I do not understand anything (he says a sentence in French) is difficult, but I will, I will let you know. I to the oral test harbor “the collapse of the Wall Street stock exchange”, interesting. Well, bye guys, I’ll update you. A kiss!!

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But I don’t understand why I see you always active in the fan club? Every time I enter the fan club, it tells me that you are online to be able to chat. But I sent you two questions but you never answered, so I thought it’s not true that you’re online.

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What to say, Piero is an extremely kind person, sensitive, serious, and I would also say very humble.

I do not know how many people in his place, already famous, would have faced this type of examination, in a public institute.

Bravo Piero, I respect you even more.

I believe your parents will be very happy that you have kept your promise.

INTO THE MOUTH OF THE WOLF (GOOD LUCK): Daniela

“In bocca al lupo” (into the mouth of the wolf) is an Italian idiom used in opera and theatre to wish a performer good luck prior to a performance. It is equivalent to the American actor’s wish “Break a leg”.  The expression reflects a theatrical superstition in which wishing a person “good luck” is considered bad luck.

Credit to owners of all photos.

Jane & Marie in Sicily…Part 2

I will tell you up front that we did NOT meet any Barone family members.  We may have been close.  We will never know.  

The car we rented was a VW Golf.  Nice car.  Had warning beepers when you get too close, front, back and both sides.  This car was NOT meant for Naro, Sicily.

Once again I got ahead of myself…

We left Marsala (and all that floating DNA) for Naro.  The drive was around two hours.  We were happy for the opportunity to explore more spectacular scenery while dodging Italians behind the wheel.  We managed to do both.  

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We finally saw it…NARO! A shining village perched on top of an exquisite hill.  Just like in the storybooks.  

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Our GPS, Missy, was set for Barone Autocarrozzeria.  When we arrived at the location we couldn’t see it.  We parked the car and spotted two gentlemen and a waitress chatting in the doorway of a local eatery.   We asked them if they knew where the Barone Auto place was (more pointing and hand gestures).  They pointed across the street, we walked over, but all we saw was this…

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“Must be on the other side of the building”, we thought.  So, around we went and…no…nothing.  Back around the three were still chatting and watching us.  I pointed to one of the doors and they shook their heads.  We went to the next door…They shook their heads no again, but looked hopeful pointing to the next door.  Didn’t look like an auto place to us, or for that matter, any kind of business place at all.  Jane nor I are easily daunted.  We have already proven that.  So across the street to the trio we went.  Here’s how we understood the next attempt at conversation.

Us:  “Are you sure that’s the Barone Garage?”
Waitress:  “Yes, it was.”
Us:  “Was?”
Waitress: “Yes, they moved a long time ago.”

We just sort of stared at them for a minute.  Thanked them for their “guida” and once again went on our merry way.  We laughed about that at least once a day, everyday, for the remainder of our journey.  I don’t think we improved the image of American intelligence one bit on that little stop.

Jane remembered pictures of Piero in front of St Erasmus Church.  So, we shifted our goal and the car and off we went up the village hill. The further up we got the narrower the roads became until there were mere inches on either side of the car and the warning beepers were going off in tandem!  Jane had to squeeze out of the car twice to guide me between stone buildings.  The second time was when we came to a dead end and I had to back down a steep narrow hill.  WILL THOSE BEEPERS NEVER STOP!?!  I heard a distinctive crunch. I had visions of my 1200 dollar deposit flying out of the car window.  Then Jane yelled, “it was a plastic bottle!”  Whew!  Just then I had another vision.  It was me trapped inside the car wedged between buildings and the villagers were pointing and laughing at another American tourist, in a rental car, trying to drive their village streets. Then Jane would be scrambling for the “jaws of life” or a crowbar or at least a can opener to try to pry me out.

Here is one of the wider two-way streets.  When it got really narrow pictures were not our main priority!

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If I told you even some of the things I said during that little drive this post would be a whole lot longer.  I later apologized to Jane for some of the words I’m not telling you that I said.   All Jane really said that entire tense time was, “Piero, Naro is certainly narrow”. Oh, she said it more than once. 

We finally found our way down the hill and out of Naro only to discover that tonight’s reservation was back up the hill.  We took a vote and it was two to zero (Missy refused to vote) NOT to trek back up to the village. 

Piero, we didn’t make it to meet your family, but the age and beauty of your narrow little village and the surrounding country blew us away!

A mile or so down the road, in the middle of nowhere, we found this oasis:

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When we checked in I gave the manager our card he turned his CD on to “L’amore Si Muove”  and told us that Ignazio stays there when he comes to visit Piero.  (Whats the matter big boy?  Afraid to drive those roads too?) When we got to our room I turned to Jane and said, “Ignazio could have stayed in this very room.  Could have slept on this very bed!”  I soon rolled around on that bed…just in case.   By now I should have gathered enough DNA to make my very own lovely tenor.

We had dinner in this stunning restaurant of our Oasis.  We were the only ones in the entire place.

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Oh, those warm, friendly and so lovable Italians!  The owner, Franchesca, her son, our waiter and the cooks all came out to meet the crazy lost American women.  Several of them were dreaming about coming to America to work.  You know, “America…land of plenty…Land of Ilvolovers… land of wide roadways”.

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It was hard to leave such a gorgeous place and its wonderful people, but we must return the car to Palermo and ourselves to Naples to catch a train for our next destination…The Cinque Terre’s…Riomaggiore and Portofino…The Italian Riviera

~Marie~