Monthly Archives: August 2014

Anime Nere premieres at Venice Film Festival 2014 to rapturous applause

Once you’ve seen one mafia film, you’ve seen them all, right? Based on the best-selling novel by Gioacchino Criaco, Anime Nere (Black Souls) premiered last night at the 71st Venice Film Festival as the first Italian film of the competition … Continue reading

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Venice prepares to host the 71st Venice Film Festival

I’ve always been a behind-the-scenes type of person preferring backstage to the limelight so I decided to take a look at how Venice is preparing for the upcoming 71st Film Festival. The Venice Film Festival, or La Mostra Internazionale d’Arte … Continue reading

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Love-locks – True love or vandalism?

No-one is quite sure how the idea of lovelocks started. Some quote a Serbian love story that goes back to World War I. Others say the Chinese started it whilst others point to Italian author Federico Moccia’s book “Ho voglia … Continue reading

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Blog hopping around the world!

It never ceases to amaze me how welcoming the blogosphere is. It’s all about community, inspiration and encouraging eachother which makes blogging a very sociable online activity! So when fellow blogger Craig at Fishink Designs asked if I’d like to take part … Continue reading

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Siena. Il Palio.

As the horses and bare-back riders line up against the starting rope in Piazza del Campo, you can almost taste the anxiety, agitation and adrenaline, rising up from the 40,000-strong crowd. The last few weeks, months and years of planning … Continue reading

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Ferragosto in Italy – closed for the holidays

If you’ve ever had a beach holiday in Italy in August, you’d be forgiven for thinking the whole country is on vacation with you as the waterfronts bustle with gloriously tanned, speedo-clad Italians. You wouldn’t be far wrong either, around … Continue reading

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Siena. Contrada life.

Paris has its arrondissements, New York its blocks, and Siena has its contradas. But a contrada, or district, is not just a geographic designation within the city’s historic walls, it is much, much more serious than that. It is life … Continue reading

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