Monday, April 13, 2015

la pappa col pomodoro. a dish with groovy sixties vibes

Rita Pavone is an italian singer and showgirl that used to be very popular in the sixties. she was an icon, like an italian Twiggy {plus, she could dance}.
some of her hits had been embedded in italian pop culture, so even an eighties kid like me know them by line. one of her songs is called viva la pappa col pomodoro, where the pappa col pomodoro is a traditional tuscan soup, made by bread, tomatoes, garlic and fresh basil.
until a few weeks ago, i had never tasted it!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

on the road in March

spring means many things. among them, for me it means the beginning of an hopefully long lambretta season. and of a new, monthly series, to look back to the time spent on the road in the past thirty days or so.

march hasn't been so generous with sunny days, and i also spent a few days away for work, but we made our best out of the rest of the weekends.

i diari della lambretta - Cartizze vineyards in Valdobbiadene

Friday, March 20, 2015

ink your travel

it's time to share a news with all of you. a news i've been looking forward to tell you for weeks, about a project i delevoped with Irene {travel blogger at}in the last few months.

it's about drawing, it's about travelling. 

so, let me finally introduce you Ink your Travel, a mini-collection of hand drawn t-shirts, designed for travellers.

we chose the first day of spring to be our big day - the launch - , cause we think it may bring luck. so many lovely things happen in spring, don't they?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Venetian stories: Marisa and her glass beads

Marisa workshop in sestiere San Marco 

Venice has the size of a town, though behind any door a world could open up for you, like stepping in Marisa's workshop, in sestiere San Marco
quirky wallpaper, old books, pictures, necklaces, china porcelain cups filled with glass beads, coral branches made of glass beads, velvet slippers embroidered with glass beads. glass beads everywhere! a small, colorful world. and Marisa sits in the middle of it, her desk well lighted by an old fashion chandelier and a lamp, her hands weaving, threading, stiching fast, among hundreds of small variously shaped and colored beads. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Venezia neighborhoods | San Marco in analogue

from the family photo album - San Marco square
1. my granpa and his father in the 40s | 2. my mum, my aunt, uncle and me, 1989
 3. me feeding pigeons (it is not allowed anymore), 1993 | 4. me and my sister feeding pigeons again (you can easlily understand why it is not allowed anymore), 1996 | 5. marco chasing pigeons, 1985 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Venezia, an introduction

there is a novel, called the Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino, where the venetian explorer Marco Polo has a long conversation with the emperor Kublai Khan, telling him tales about cities and exploring the imagination. then, you'll find this dialogue:
"Sire {Marco Polo to Kublai Khan}, now I have told you about all the cities I know."
"There is still one of which you never speak"
Marco Polo bowed his head.
"Venezia" the Khan said.
Marco smiled. "What else do you believe I have been talking to you about?"

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Lyon #3 city cycling

our last day in Lyon was devoted to explore the Rive Gauche, beyond the left bank of the Rhone. since we already knew how to orient ourselves in the city, we rent a bike to wander around. from the day our arrive we were aware that Lyon is a real bike friendly town, with handy bicycle paths and a developed bike culture that makes cycling there safer than in other part of the world (e.g. Italy).