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GALA OF ITALIAN-CHINESE FRIENDSHIP by Daniela

Ignazio, Gianluca and Piero, have just returned from Moscow, and have stopped in Rome, a new commitment for them: The Gala of Italian-Chinese friendship.

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The event took place at Fuksas’s Lantern.

La Lanterna is a structure in glass and steel of triangular geometry, a project signed by the famous architect Massimiliano Fuksas and remains in the center of Rome, and that stands on the roof of the former Military Union building.

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In conjunction with the Chinese President’s visit to Italy, this Gala was organized between the two cultures, Chinese and Italian. The music will be the basis of the event, enriched with fashion shows and cooking shows.

During the gala an episode of the Chinese program “Day Day Up” (Tian Tian Xian Shang) will be recorded, which will be broadcast on Hunan TV, one of the most important Chinese television stations, with a coverage of 1.2 billion people.

Preparations were in full swing.

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Gianluca’s video:

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A nice team of guys, then we’ll find out who these young Chinese singers are.

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Together with the event organizers.

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The rehearsals of the event follow one another.

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Official rehearsal

Start the evening

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Some short videos of the evening:

Grande Amore

 

L’Amore si muove

Libiam de lieti calici

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With the President of the trade and tourism association of the island of Ischia.

Here with Giovanni Saldì (artist) IL VOLO, THE GOOD GUYS that make us TURN THE HEAD with their music.

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And here is the interview before the performance:

Interview – Click Here

Translation:

Ignazio= Art has always been one of the great bridges between the various cultures of the world. In fact, even this evening, there is a union between Chinese culture and Italian culture. We are certainly honored and happy to be a part of it.

Gianluca = And give our contribution with our music and our voices and sing along with these Chinese artists who love Italian bel canto, and it’s nice to hear them sing in Italian.

Piero = We met these guys in a Chinese talent show, they won that talent show with one of our songs, so we’re honored.

We can say that 10 years have flown, it’s like a play on words, this year it will be a year, indeed a year and a half, two, quite challenging, full of concerts, especially in Italy. We will perform the first part of concerts in Italy this summer, in Rome, in Sicily in Taormina, and then there will be the second part, as soon as we return from Japan.

Gianluca = Let’s say that at the age of 14 we had an anomalous life, so, surely, we got to know the world, learn languages, there were also sacrifices, like staying away from family and friends, but we absolutely cannot complain, in fact, he taught us that in any case we must commit ourselves and to reach a goal, we must believe in it to the full, in order to reach our dreams.

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And here is today’s newscast, where the news of the event is given.

The television studio is set up in the heart of Rome, but the program is a very successful Chinese TV show: DAY DAY UP.

The protagonist is music, linking two different cultures, an event that also turns the spotlight on the “New Silk Road” with the visit of the Chinese President.

To open the evening the Piccolo Coro dell’Antoniano.

The most awaited guests, the tenors of IL VOLO, ambassadors of bel canto.

Ignazio = It’s a great evening of sharing culture, between China and Italy. We are honored to be part of it too, and we are delighted to be able to sing here.

Journalist = A special Gala evening here in Italy that dialogues with China, through music.

IL VOLO, on stage, performs a duet with a trio of Chinese tenors.

Gianluca = Our music is still so present, around the world and especially in China, because they won a talent with our song, singing in Italian and in Neapolitan.

Just Naples celebrates its cuisine, with these acrobatic pizza chefs.

 

Final toast, the glasses rise up, to sign an artistic partnership.

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L’Amore si Muove – Click Here

At the Gala of friendship, between Italy and China, IL VOLO sings “L’Amore si Muove”, together with the Chinese trio.

Here the news on Chinese television.

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And here’s the interview Askanews.

Translation:

Presenter = Il Volo represented Italy, with her music, in the Italo-Chinese friendship gala that took place in Rome, at the Lanterna of Fuksas, on the occasion of the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Italy.

Gianluca = It’s nice to be here and to represent Italy through our music and our voices. These meetings are beautiful between different cultures, the Italian and the Chinese. It’s nice as Chinese singers, guys like us, love this musical genre, the Italian melody is so much appreciated all over the world.

Presenter = And indeed, on the stage, three Chinese tenors arrived, somehow inspired by the guys from Volo. The Italian trio, fresh from third place in Sanremo, will start the live tour from May for a whole year.

Ignazio = We will go to Japan, for the tour, and then we will return to Italy with 17 concerts.

Piero = This is a busy year, we are celebrating our 10 year career. We started from Panama with the Pope, then Sanremo with great satisfaction, we released our album ‘Musica’. Then 17 concerts in Italy, we will do many concerts around everywhere but singing in Italy is always a different emotion. The album is called “Musica”, it is our common passion, which brought us forward for 10 years. We believe that this album fully represents us.

Presenter = Il Volo is back from a concert in Moscow. Afraid of being included in the Ukrainian blacklist?

Gianluca = We have not expressed any appreciation about politics, for now there is no danger.

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The Traviata toast from Chinese TV.

Another beautiful interview with the Corriere della Sera.

Corriere della Sera Interview – Click Here

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Journalist = Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca, IL VOLO, welcome back, hi.

P+I+G = Thank you, hi.

Journalist = As soon as you returned from Moscow, you participated in the Bolshoi Theater at the BRAVO INTERNATIONAL AWARDS, how did it go?

Piero = It was a great experience, we say that these two days are quite special, full of emotions. Moscow, singing at the Bolshoi, one of the most prestigious theaters in the world, does not happen every day, and singing here in Rome for such an important event, I believe that it fills us with responsibility, but above all with pride, for us, but above all for everyone Italians.

Journalist = 10 years of activity, six CD’s including the last one: “MUSICA”.

Ignazio = Yes, “MUSICA”, includes unpublished works and there are also covers. We are very happy, the music is what unites us and accompanies us in these years of career, and it is for this reason that we have decided to call it this cd.

Journalist = In fact, it is the CD of the turning point, there is this collaboration with Faini that also collaborates with Mahmood, Petrella, Cremonini, Canova, Tiziano Ferro and many others, I think it is the desire to give a twist a little more pop to your style …

Piero = Without losing our personality.

Gianluca = More than turning point, it is trying to convey to everyone, this pop soul that is in us, but without losing our essence, our music, but surely we are not just classical music.

Journalist = A way like any other to get closer to the pop world.

Piero = Obviously, we must always keep up with the times, Michele Canova, did not disappoint us with the new CD “MUSICA”, he is an avant-garde producer, always new sounds, he is always looking for new things and obviously his resume speaks for itself.

Journalist = However in 10 years of your career, you have won so many prizes and had so many awards, toured around the world …. where can IL VOLO still arrive?

Gianluca = There is still so much to prove, 10 years, after all they are few, we are only 24 years old, we started early, if all goes well, we are still 40 years old and maybe more, there is so much to prove. But we are proud of what we have built over the past 10 years.

Journalist = We are here this evening, for this twinning between Italy and China. You are the guests of honor of the evening, from Russia to China.

Ignazio = Surely being able to represent our country all over the world, is something that makes us feel proud of being Italian and we are honored, this is an evening where Italian culture meets Chinese culture and what better way to do it with music, in fact we will also duet with Chinese artists, a trio that came out of a talent and also sings our songs.

Journalist = I seem to have heard that it is called IL VOLO CHINESE .

Piero = We saw these guys in a video on you tube, they won a talent, singing one of our songs and today we will sing the song together “L’AMORE SI MUOVE”.

Journalist = The tour starts in May and starts in Japan.

Piero = And it will be a long tour, a fairly demanding year, a full of concerts, an artist, a birthday, must celebrate it by singing, but we would like to say that we will return to Italy, in June and July with 17 concerts, and we don’t see the time to sing the songs from our new CD “MUSICA”.

Journalist = You will also be at the Verona Arena in September and also here in Rome at the Auditorium at the end of June.

Gianluca = Exactly, it will be a long tour that will start from Japan and until next year it will keep us busy and then there will be many other surprises that we will talk about next time.

Journalist = Good trip, good luck to IL VOLO and thanks.

 

Some photos of IL VOLO and  the Chinese trio SUPER VOCAL.

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Fantastic guys, as you always brought the high image of Italy that pleases the world.

What a surprise to see a trio of Chinese tenors who take you for example, who love what you propose, to copy your style, even singing in Italian.

Because your music, to which perhaps here at times, is not given the right appreciation, is instead much admired, up to imitate it, because it is imitating what it likes.

We can say that the music of IL VOLO has served as a bridge to two different cultures.

Daniela

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Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

INTERVIEW WEBNOTTE by Daniela

During the tour instore in Rome, Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero, had an interview in the headquarters of the newspaper Repubblica, with the journalist Ernesto Assante, who was never very generous in his praise of IL VOLO.

This resulted in an interesting interview that I translate for you. There is only one video, unfortunately not very qualitatively beautiful, but that shows us our guys perfectly at ease.

Assante = It’s 4:15 pm, we’re live from Repubblica, via Cristoforo Colombo 90 Rome, see behind me, I’m not alone, I have a band called IL VOLO

G = A band? An unusual band.

(they sing live an acoustic version of Musica Che Resta, Ignazio plays the guitar)

I = (after the acute) Sorry, sorry.

Assante = He wanted us otherwise they think you are fake.

G = Exactly

Assante = Because they have the big voice, they are not IL VOLO, who knows who they are (he jokes) …. Gentlemen, welcome, it is the first time we meet really, we had only heard once by phone, long ago.

Start by a question, really stupid, stupid, stupid ….. How did you become IL VOLO ? – a band that has a great success with the public, a sequel and a warmth – a love, so great, be of the boys , therefore maintain a “normal” life in a condition that has nothing normal, you grew up in public, you grew up on television, in front of people, you were little, you’re not anymore, you’re soon bigger than me … then, how difficult it is grow this way, and if it did you good or bad.

P = It is not so difficult, I must tell you that we three have the same past in common, and the same adolescence, fortunately we met at the age of 14/15, we live for music, for the greatest passion that we share it. It takes much “group spirit”, but the fundamental thing is that we do not tolerate the teasing and the whims, do not exist in our group, then, we help each other, we support each other.

G = Maybe we sing a kind of music that is close to people, also because they are our traditions, it is our music that is the “bel canto” which is then appreciated above all abroad. So, maybe that’s why we approach the people, we also saw the more than positive result of Sanremo, a podium, after the victory of 2015, we are happy with the result.

Assante = Damn, actually you were first, more than often, during the week.

So, beyond what you’ve just said for the relationship with traditional Italian music, why do they love you so much? What are your strengths?

G = And why do they want us so bad as well? (certainly refers to journalists)

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Assante = What do you transmit to people? I’m interested in your point of view.

I = Maybe because ….. I think that the musical genre influences the personality of the person, a person who does rock and roll, influences his personality. We have always maintained what have always been our personalities, always with humility and with passion of what we are doing.

So the key to getting to people’s hearts was that, so they love us so much and follow us.

P = Because there is nothing built.

Assante = That is, the truth is that you are so off the stage ……

I = We are so off stage and on stage, during an interview and during a lunch.

P = And according to you, why?

Assante = I am convinced of the fact …

I = He cannot explain it.

Assante = The thing that has always surprised me, is your passion for traditional music, being very young, this is not normal, if it were so, all the boys of your age would sing romances, or arias.

G = This is true, but ……

Assante = Let’s say that the thing that surprises, in this country, but that has also allowed your success, because you are the only ones to be young, and to do a type of traditional music.

G = It is clear that normality is not even, having so many tattoos and talking about drugs in songs.

Assante = But no, of course.

G = Let’s say that normality does not exist.

I = There are habits

G = Exactly, then everyone tries to express their passion, in the end we do nothing but do what we like best, SING. Then, that this is a musical genre that is heard more by adults ….

P = But it is not true …. Spotify gives us a good answer …. but maybe because we are the only ones to do it, after many years, and we are the only “young”, because our goal, we always have said, is to bring this kind of music, which was born right in our country, and maybe even a little “forgotten”. No young man has EVER proposed it again.

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Assante = Let’s start again from the initial question. Before doing IL VOLO, what music were you listening to?

G = Look I tell you what I was listening to: I grew up with Gaber, Guccini, De Andrè, (Italian singer-songwriters) so, you figured, completely different things, my father inculcated this style, then, growing up, I became crazy, completely John Mayer. I love the guitar a lot, even if I do not play it, but I love a more acoustic genre. My greatest idol, however, has always been Andrea Bocelli, that made me really approach this vocal genre.

 P = But each of us has different tastes, different personalities, I have always listened to the classical world, I love Elvis, I love Queen, but in the shower, I listen to the classics, Pavarotti, Domingo, this kind of music, I really like Julio Iglesias .

Assante = (indicates Ignatius) and the rocker here? The boy with the tuft ….

I = No, I’ve never listened to so much music, I fell in love with the songs, I love Stevie Wonder, even though I do not know many of his songs, I’m madly in love with “Over Joy”, “You and I”, “Isn’t She Lovely “. Or Brian Mcknight, I really like it, Joe Cocker …

P = Even Lenny Kravitz

I = Yes, Lenny Kravitz

Assante = However, this is noticeable, that is, that your singing styles, especially when growing, have changed, there are those who are more linked to opera (Piero), who has a middle ground (Gianluca) and who, above all in Sanremo it has been noticed more than the other times, I do not say that he has freed himself from lyrical singing, but has sung with greater autonomy (Ignazio).

P = (turned to Ignatius) you could not wait (and gave him a little flip on the head)

I = It’s not, I could not wait, but it’s what I am, so it’s me.

Assante = This allows you to do different things too, are you working on a change, an evolution?

I = It is not so much a change of ours, it is more pulling out what we really are, rather than a change of what we do.

Assante = Castaldo (journalist who always gave very low marks to IL VOLO) in Sanremo did not give you 5 1/2 to make you just a courtesy, but because he saw, that something …

P = But that was the biggest victory.

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G = But we have to travel on two different tracks, because what our international public wants, it’s just the Italianness, just the made in Italy, that maybe in Italy, for that, there’s a bit of snob about it , as if sometimes we were ashamed to be Italian.

Assante = But sometimes it’s not like that.

G = Sometimes unfortunately yes.

Assante = But try to think, the French listen to a lot of music, French, but modern.

We Italians, we have a traditional repertoire that for us Italians is old, but for an American, it is not.

P = Excuse me, I want to say this, we do not do anything strange abroad, because we are famous all over the world? Not because we are better than others, but because we sing this kind of music that is famous outside of Italy. If we take a look at the past, the only Italians who have succeeded abroad, and abroad I do not mean South America, which is like Italy, but Europe, North America, Japan, all those countries, were Luciano Pavarotti, Bocelli and vabbè Modugno, but it was a special case. But Pavarotti, Bocelli, Il Volo, have one thing in common abroad, the same kind of music.

There must be a reason.

Assante = I agree with you, it’s like us here, like rock and roll, and true rock and roll, no one plays in Italy. If you feel the real rock and roll, you love the original.

I = What do you think about Achille Lauro? (in Sanremo he sang on a rock and roll rhythm) because there is a bit of rock and roll.

Assante = I confess that I find that the piece of Sanremo is very beautiful. It’s a rock and roll piece and it’s fun.

I = I like it too, I confess that I’m not the type that listens to the text (the song by Achille Lauro has been much disputed because it talks about drugs), I only listen to music, I have to listen to music, for me the text goes into the background.

Assante = I like that too, it’s “reckless life” updated to the times. I found it nice, frankly, but let’s get back to your piece. I too appreciated this piece of yours, more than on other occasions, just because you seem more free, in being each of you three what he wants to be, that is, each of you three is finding his way.

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P = Excuse me, but this album MUSICA, crown 10 years of career, is the tenth anniversary of IL VOLO.

If you read the titles, see the three personalities of IL VOLO, because from an “Arrivederci Roma” which is a genre more like an American crooner, it represents more his tastes (of Gianluca) there is a “Be my love” which is a classic, then there is a “A chi mi dice” where the voice of Ignazio prevails more. Let’s say we give vent to our personalities.

G = Even the second single, “Vicinissimo” marks a path of more contemporary sounds, we are no longer linked to the too classic world.

Assante = You want to make me a little mention of “Vicinissimo”, even vaguely, only for 30 seconds

P = You know we never sang it live.

(Piero and Ignazio begin the song but in a low tone)

G = No, so it’s not good and then it’s bad, if it’s done like that you do not like it and then it’s bad.

Assante = Do not be, never. There is something that you could do to me, so at the moment, even if only hinted at, you can also say no.

G = Let’s say “ A chi mi dice”, do you know the chords, Ignazio?

I = Yes, I try …. (they start to sing the song, Piero and Ignazio sing in chorus)

G = It looks like church, you see, it’s difficult.

Assante = It’s okay, you touched the key point, to someone like me, who are a music freak, you can say to me, I’m unpleasant, bad, but I’m a fan of music and what I like is this, the ability to be wrong, to try to play a music, not to think that you are, as you were born, a television product built at the table. I like to discover that you play the guitar, that you sing the pieces that you like.

G = But we want them to come out well.

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Assante = On that we agree, but you understand what I mean, you have a matrix of a television program, a talent, which has given you the imprinting, and getting rid of imprinting is not easy.

P = It is clear.

G = We will get there slowly. This CD however marks the beginning of a new IL VOLO, because the other CD’s …

P = It’s not like we do rock.

G = Absolutely, but there is the fact that we begin to have our repertoire, we are not always tied to the “covers”, always things already done and redone, that people say, “Oh well we have understood, now enough”. So there are already three unpublished and for us the beginning of a change, because however we are preparing a new project, for the end of the year, then in 2020, we will do two years of tour, even releases of new albums, we are starting to have a new important path.

Assante = Is it difficult to get along in three? You know that the real bands quarrel a bit, because to be together, they cannot always love each other.

P = But we too, it’s a bit like marriages, cohabitation is not so simple. Also because we have not chosen ourselves, we have been put together, but the important thing of our group, I think is mutual respect. In the end we get along like this.

G = Beautiful the booklet (of the cd) right? It is very elegant.

Assante = Yes very elegant and beautiful.

G = Did you still want to ask a question?

Assante = Yes, the last one. Between making records and singing live, for you, makes the difference, that is the idea, so that someone like me can fall in love with IL VOLO, it’s the concert, go and see you, as it was for Sanremo …..

P = You’ve never been to one of our concerts?

Assante = No, unfortunately not, Danilo (Danilo Ciotti, press office of IL VOLO) has invited me so many times ….

G = Will you come to Cavea della Musica this year? (in Rome)

Assante = It’s the easiest thing.

P = Together with Castaldo, arm in arm, so he will give us a 6 1/2.

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Assante = I objectively, on the 6th at Sanremo, I gave it to you, and also for me it was the first time, live, you gave an idea of conviction, of truth, in that song, singing it just as you wanted, that according me, it was not yours before.

I = Look, being in three is sometimes a fortune or misfortune, you know everyone has their own personal idea. I personally, with all due respect, never imported me 5 1/2 or 6, because in the end one must not go chasing the vote.

P = Long life sincerity.

I = I am like that, I think that an artist does not have to chase votes, if an artist likes, likes, if he does not like amen, there are many other artists that can be heard. For us, say 5 1/2, 6, is our way to say that slowly, slowly, we try to make ourselves appreciated by people who are always very susceptible to us (the critical and journalists), also because often, in Italy, but a bit in general, it is used to have prejudices, without knowing people. A little like Castaldo, he did not know us, when he met us, he finally realized that we are three simple guys.

G = As he believed, even worse.

I = Three guys who like to joke, we are not set, as he thought, and that’s the problem, nobody goes chasing the votes, one just wants to be known, to be understood.

Assante = The result of Sanremo was right for you?

G+I+P = Yes, absolutely.

I = For us yes, for someone else maybe not.

Assante = For someone else actually not, but it was the result seemed to me balanced, the three juries were three different juries.

P = Only one thing, in my opinion, maybe I’m wrong to speak, but maybe they had to give a little more recognition to Bertè. Only this, for the rest, was right.

Assante = You’re right, in the end it was fourth.

I = In the end we talked about it. It is not Sanremo that makes the classification, finish first, second, third, fourth, but it’s all week, also because Sanremo, it’s not the end, but the beginning, it’s a little like when we won, that Nek said, “Now you have to show what you can do,” and he was right. Anyway it’s true, everything starts from there.

P = On the contrary, this has also stimulated us, we thought we had to give our best.

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I = Start everything from there, the promotion, the CD, the tour. You have to be focused, because in any case on tour, ours is a fairly difficult repertoire, and so you have to always be focused, make a date after another, travel.

G = It is always necessary, in my opinion, to know the managers ……. because fashion, you can make a song that lasts a month, two months, three months, if you do not do another one, it’s trouble.

Assante = The thing that I want to know, if the return of listening to Sanremo, there was, as today there have been here the Zen Circus (other participants of Sanremo) and have said that many people who would not have them never listened to, seeing them in Sanremo, now they listen to them. Certainly there is a part of the public that, looking at Sanremo to see Zen Circus, Achille Lauro, Motta, discovered IL VOLO, beyond your popularity, there was someone besides me, who did not listen to you, and now, yes?

P = There is certainly another person Michele Monina (another very fierce critic with IL VOLO). He did not listen to us, but we had the opportunity to meet him one morning in Sanremo and I must tell you that we did not know him, to me sincerely, he was unpleasant, after I met him and I said: “But you’re an ‘other’ person.”

Assante = But people, people’s reaction? There was much more young audience.

G = Definitely.

Assante = The Spotify effect has been seen.

G = The Spotify effect, yes, certainly more than in the past, because the song is slightly more modern. Our audience is not exactly that of Spotify, which is also listened to by 15-year-olds. But there was a super-positive response also from the younger public, as not.

P = But the answer and the greatest satisfaction for an artist I think is to see the pre-sales of their tour, which are going very well, so I’ll see you at the concerts.

Assante = Before closing the interview, give us another live piece.

I = We do not know what to do, but we do it.

Assante = Meanwhile, do you think about it, the next live event, when?

P = We leave now for Japan in May, but then we come back, in June and July in Italy, then again abroad, and at the end of the year, we are back in Italy again.

Assante = Very good. The dates found on the site of IL VOLO, on the Facebook page of IL VOLO, the album has a very simple title MUSICA…… and then, at this point, I speak, while they decide, they will not take much ….

G = Of the new song or the last one? What do we do?

I = HELP.

G = What can we do?

I = The cool thing of being in a group … the nice thing about being three is that we create harmonies, and we …

G = Then let’s make IL MONDO, the final ….

P = See, three seconds ago I said “Let’s make IL MONDO” and they do not.

G = Wait, let’s make harmony (Piero taps him on the head). He plays the central part (Piero), I play the lower part and he is the tall one (Ignazio).

I = Are you there? We can start?

(the final harmony of IL MONDO begins … beautiful !!)

Assante = Thank you so much, it was a pleasure to have you here, come back when you want …. and thanks to you (to the public) for following us.

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I would say that the boys have always been kind and polite.

Assante is a journalist who, together with Castaldo and Monina, have never had good words and good criticisms about IL VOLO, indeed, they often denigrated and wrote badly about them …….. but without ever knowing them personally.

This year in Sanremo the boys have personally met Monina and Castaldo and now, with this interview also Assante.

Undoubtedly the tastes of these three journalists-critics, are deeply distant from the style of our boys, but this does not allow them to denigrate the hard work of these young people and even sometimes to despise them.

But now they have known them and have changed their opinion on them, not on their style, but certainly on their personalities, because these journalists have recognized that Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca are very simple guys and prepared in the music field. Their votes at Sanremo 2015 did not arrive at 4, now they gave 5 1/2 and even 6. The road is long but the journey has begun ….

I noticed in the interview that the boys, always in a polite tone, managed to remove “some pebbles in the shoe”.

Good guys, heads held high, we are with you.

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and video.

ITALY CALLS JAPAN by Daniela

Today began December, I woke up, it’s a quiet Saturday, I opened Facebook and what did I see??

Piero, what are you saying?

A live show for Japanese TV, and from the Capitoline Museums or Roman Forums in Rome? WOW WOW

In reality, some other clue had been published by Ercole Ginoble who posted this beautiful picture. 

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But it is a wonderful thing, an event that we would not want to lose, but how will we see it?

And here is that directly from Japan. To our rescue comes friend Mami Takada, who publishes live video – here it is:

Wonderful!!

Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero, beautiful and good, no doubt, and the background of Rome, beautiful !!

Once again the best ambassadors of our Italy are confirmed.

The promotion in Japan continues. In this video, Piero shows a newspaper in Japan where their photo is on the cover, the newspaper must be read on the reverse and inside there is an article on IL VOLO.

But look how beautiful photos have published Piero and Gianluca (Ignazio, as usual, not received)

From Piero:

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Above is the LUPA CAPITOLINA symbol of Rome.

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From Gianluca:

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But surely this of Gianluca is the most fun: IL VOLO After Christ!!

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But now let’s enjoy a few shots of our beautiful Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca.

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Perfect, guys, I do not know what to say ….. I LOVE YOU !!

Daniela

Credit to owners of all photos and videos.

ROMA, The Eternal City ~ by Daniela

In Italy on April 25th it’s a holiday. Liberation is celebrated, so my husband and I left for a short holiday, four days in Rome.

Piazza San Pietro - Vatican City
Piazza San Pietro – Vatican City

These days I saw fabulous things, indeed re-seen, because I’ve been in Rome many times, but every time, I discover something new that I like and that fascinates me.

The weather was magnificent, in fact I would say almost summer, but without being suffocating. Beautiful days, with a sky of an intense blue.

I returned home on the evening of April 25 and scrolling through Facebook to see if there were any news, I had the great surprise to see some beautiful photos of Rome, posted by the Ginoble family.

I had them at hand, we saw the same places on the same day and we did not meet ????

IT IS NOT POSSIBLE!!!!

Instead it was just like that, but let’s start from the beginning.

Since April 25th is a national holiday we included a visit to the Altar of the Fatherland, where our President of the Republic would present the laurel wreath to the “unknown soldier”.

And here’s what Ercole Ginoble has posted, the ceremony at the Altar of the Fatherland.

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Planes fly over the Altare della Patria – Victor Emmanuel Monument

But I was there too, here are pictures with the police in full uniform who are preparing for the tribute to the president.

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Daniela at Tomb of Unknown Soldier
Daniela at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Then I went to see the beautiful Trevi Fountain, magnificent, so white, so full of people.

But what do I see? Also Mrs. Lenora Ginoble has posted the photo of the Trevi Fountain.

I was there too!!! But we have not seen each other.

Lenora Ginoble post of Trevi Fountain

And here’s my picture.

Daniela at Trevi Fountain

Continuing on Via Condotti, we arrive at Piazza di Spagna, beautiful in these days, because the steps of Trinità dei Monti are literally covered with azaleas.

Once again, Mrs. Ginoble posted a beautiful picture.

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Really nice with the fountain of Barcaccia in the foreground …….. but once again I was there too !!!

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And what do I find out? Ernesto was there too with some friends.

Ernesto Ginoble at Spanish Steps

What a misfortune, I did not see any of them …….. but I saw a beautiful city, so I’m so happy.

I do not know what the Ginoble family has done yet, but I have continued my nice ride.

The Temple of Fortuna Virilis.

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The Temple of Fortuna Virilis is one of the best preserved of all Roman temples.

The Colosseo. Really mammoth.

Daniela at Colosseum

The Mouth of Truth ….. it did not bite my hand !!

Daniela at Mouth of Truth

Wherever we turned, there was something to admire.

Then the beautiful Vatican Museums and its masterpiece: The Sistine Chapel.

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The Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel

Ok, I admit, I was sorry not to meet the Ginoble family, but then I realized that Gianluca was not with them, and thank goodness, I raised my spirits.

I confirm, for those who have not yet seen Rome, it is full of beautiful treasures and monuments.

Of course, as promised, I thought a lot about the whole crew while I was in Rome. Yes Jill, you’re right it would have been great to be able to meet all of you in Rome.

Hello Rome, we will definitely be back again …… but how many of you were in Rome?

Daniela

Credit is given to Daniela and the Ginoble family for all photos.

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Jana & Lorna, the Adventure Continues (about a year later!) The Road to Silvi, July 5, 2016

 

 

Let’s recap a bit, shall we? I know it’s been a while. I can’t believe it’s been over a year now.  I guess I’ve just been a bit busy?

We started in Florence, then Venice, and Verona. We are now on our way from Verona to Rome….

We caught our train from Verona to Rome, a 3-hour trip, and were looking forward to the long ride to get a little shut eye, as our train LEFT at 7am. We safely arrived in Rome; again, enjoying a little prosecco on the way. We had reserved a car at the train station and it was in Lorna’s name, since she was driving. I could not drive a manual transmission. We managed to find our way to the main street and waited in line for the taxi. I had the address, but could not figure out where it was from the train station. We 20160705_141159did not see any signs for auto anywhere. After the nearly 30 minute wait for the taxi, in the hot sun, we we finally get in and show the driver the address. He says, “that is around the block!” Ok, then take us around the block. He still charged us 10 euros to go around the block. He dropped us off and I still did not see any signs for cars.  I walked inside. There were tons of crowds. I figured we had to take a number and there were different ones for each rental company. I told Lorna to go in, since the car was in her name and I’d watch the bags. By now it was nearly 11am. Our train got there on time at 10am.

After about an hour, it was finally her turn. There were only 2 or 3 people ahead of us, but it took forever! About 20 minutes later, we had our paperwork and out the door we went. Lorna said it was out the door, a few turns down the block and the garage was on our right and the car on the 6th level. We walked in circles and could not find it. I went back to the car place and asked again where it was. The address was on the back of the paperwork – duh! Ok, Google maps, once again, to our rescue! As we were walking, we ran into a Swedish couple, also looking for this same garage. We finally found it and the elevator and rode to the 6th floor. We finally make it! By now, it’s about 12:30p or so. I had reserved the car for 10:30a. We were tired and hungry. We go get the car and all they had left was a Peugeot SUV! Not the size car you want to drive around in Rome! When we finally got on the road, it was about 1:00pm – nearly 3 hours later!

Getting out of Rome was a little harrowing, but we made it to the highway and we were on our way. I texted Dani to let her know we had finally left Rome. Silvi was about 2.5 hours due east of Rome. I told her if we weren’t there by 4:00pm to send out the guard!

The road to Silvi was gorgeous.  I had brought our solos/duets CDs to give to Dani and we played them on our way.  Ah, what could be better than being serenaded by our guys on our way to the sea?  It was a sunny day with blue skies and big, puffy clouds and the 20160707_090845.jpgmountains – oh so bella!! About 3:30p, Dani texted back and asked us if we were there yet. We took a slight detour, but got back on the main road again. We were getting pretty close and started seeing signs for Pescara. By about 4p, we finally made it to our hotel. We saw glimpses of the Adriatic Sea – it was breathtaking!

Our hotel was on a high hill! Lorna put it in gear and up we went. Good thing she was driving. It was probably about 4:30pm or so by the time we got settled into our room. I 20160707_065720.jpgtexted Dani and told her we had finally arrived. We decided to meet at Murphy’s Irish Pub, on the beach, at 6pm. Ok, here we were in Italy and we were eating at an Irish Pub – the irony!! We had a short nap and then made our way down to the beach and restaurant.

Down the hill we went, and down the street, down another, hang a left and then a right, and there we were! I had seen pictures of Dani, so I had an idea of what she looked like and she, me. I think she spotted us first.

We decided to stroll the beach, first, while it was still light outside and I took a few pictures. I took my shoes off and was walking in the sea. The water was warm, just like bathwater. We sat down for a little bit, taking in the sights. The beach was pretty20160705_195855 deserted by that time in the evening. I picked up a few shells for souvenirs. We were getting really hungry by then, so we went back to the restaurant.

We looked at the menu and it was full of various pizzas and calzones and appetizers. We decided on the famous arrosticini to try. I couldn’t resist passing up a calzone called “Boschetto,” which consisted of spinach, mushrooms, cheese, and sausage. Italians don’t seem to be as much into tomato sauce as Americans.  Lorna opted for a hamburger and fries. Dani had a pizza with just cherry tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella. We all loved the arrosticini, as you can see from our picture! 😊

Of course, everything was delicious and the conversation lovely. Dani speaks very good English, so it was easy for us to understand her. Before the evening was over, we decided 20160705_212047to meet the next morning and go into Montepagano to see if we could find where Gianluca and his family were…

We went back to our hotel, completely exhausted and fell into bed. We slept so long, we literally slept through our breakfast time, but it was the first time in 4 days that we didn’t have to get up before the crack of dawn! However, I did get up at the crack of dawn, so I could take a few pictures of the sunrise. Very similar to many 20160707_054121-1 - Copythat Leonora posts! After I took my pictures, I promptly went back to sleep!

We called Dani when we finally woke up and agreed to meet at the bottom of the hill where our hotel was. Dani did not drive, so her sister dropped her off. We then went to lunch at one of the restaurants on the beach. On the way, we went down this fairly narrow, one-way street. The street dipped and there was this really low overpass. We had no choice, we had to get to the road that ran with the sea, and we couldn’t really turn around. So, we forged ahead and as we went under20160706_131635 the overpass, all we heard was this frightful rumbling sound as we drove, very slowly, ahead. Lorna and I were fearful of what we might find when we got out, imagining the whole roof of the car being scraped! Cautiously, we got out and held our breath and looked.   Nothing! We realized it was just the antenna that was hitting the top of the overpass. Whew! Escaped that one!!

Dani asked us what we wanted and she ordered for us. I had some penne with tomato sauce and some prosciutto with melon. Dani had some kind of pasta with clams or some type of seafood with these little shells and I think Lorna just had prosciutto and melon. The wine and pop were so cheap. I think I drank a whole bottle of frizzante though! After lunch, our adventure to Montepagano awaited. When we left that morning and were getting closer to the restaurant, the skies looked a bit 20160706_140229threatening, but it was pretty far off. As we left the restaurant, it was getting closer and closer, as we drove toward the little mountainous town. As soon as we hit the street that went uphill, these big splats of rain, bombed our windshield…. TO BE CONTINUED….. Next – A stroll through L’Amore Si Muove!  🙂