I Remember / Mi ricordo

When he was a little boy, Filippo used to blush whenever the little girl with the red skirt looked out of the window. As a teenager, the thrill of going to the cinema with ‘her’ was as exciting as watching his favourite team winning the soccer championship.

(Source: Erika’s photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/korny_84/2673401977/)

The theatrical transposition of Aldo Nove’s book “Amore Mio Infinito”(My Infinite Love) follows the biographical novel’s approach of recalling through flashbacks the various episodes of an ordinary man’s love life.

The focus is love, but not love in an obvious, naïve or romantic fashion. Love is a concept explored through the witty eyes of a child who grows into a teenager and then a young adult. Love is funny and scary. Love is desired and rejected. Love is necessary yet fugacious.

Perhaps, the child’s journey in understanding the ‘game’ of love is a metaphor of his path in life: in the end, the adult will come to realise that there is no solution to understanding the game of love just as there is no right answer to the quest of the metaphysical understanding of life in general.

So, who better than a group of young talented actors could interpret a theatrical pièce centered on and dedicated to the world of children and of young people? The Tangram Theatre in Torino offered last night a beautiful interpretation of a play in two acts: the first act illustrating some excerpts from Aldo Nove’s novel, while the second part consisting in an experimental illustration of the actors’ own memories from childhood.

The red thread connecting the entire play was the playful yet serious exercise of remembering and recalling thoughts, feelings and emotions of the time before awareness (and, arguably, cynicism) typical of adult age have kicked in.

It was refreshing to see new and young faces focusing on small and big problems of childhood and youth, and, most of all, showing all of their liveliness and creativity through art.


Italy has had enough of being considered the land of bananas and clowns, the land where men still buy women to gain sexual pleasure and where political leaders are chosen on the basis of their sexual performances, where you can’t get a job without selling your conscience and your morality.

Italy yesterday and today was demonstrating loudly, peacefully and without any political colour for one simple goal: restore Italy’s dignity!

Italy is a beautiful country with so many resources starting from the people. But too many people continue closing their eyes and mouths in a coward acceptance of the behaviour of a political class that believes a brothel can turn into a Parliament.

Italy needs people who want to be heard and taken seriously, not special people – normal people – who are willing to shout NO against mafia, against corruption, against illegality, against the destruction of democracy. People who stop saying ‘this does not concern me’ or ‘there is nothing I can do to change this’. People must remember that what each one of us does / says counts. If we stop believing that our opinions have a value, that is when illegality wins and democracy ends.

We are not revolutionaries, we are not violent, we are not utopians. We know that world and life in general are not perfect. But one thing we know for sure, people faced with serious criminal charges must go to trial, because the law is the same for everyone, no matter who you are and what your job is.


All photos in this post were taken by myself during yesterday’s and today’s demonstrations in TORINO. I was unable to post my videos in this post for some reason, but you can find them on YouTube on LittleExplorersBlog channel.

Please share this post with as many people as possible to show that Italy is not silently accepting to be ridiculed before the entire world by Berlusconi!

Castello di Racconigi

I have finally found a few minutes to write a new post!

I want to tell you about my recent visit to the Castello di Racconigi. Racconigi is a small town in the North-West of Italy where this Royal Palace is located. There are many similar buildings in the area but this one is particularly beautiful and meaningful in historical terms.

This building has quite a long history, dating back to almost 1000 years ago! At the beginning it was a Medieval fortress, and it was conquered at the end of the XIV century by the Savoy family. The Savoy family are particularly important in Italian history as they were the dynasty who unified the country in 1861 and 2011 will mark the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification.

Up to the XVII century, the royal family maintained this as a military base. Eventually, they chose to transform it into something different: Emanuele Filiberto Amedeo, who was named ‘the mute’ for his impossibility to speak, decided to turn the building into a Villa di Delizie (Villa of Delights) which were so popular at the time amongst Royal families. He called superb artists, including André Le Nôtre who worked on Versailles gardens and the famous Italian architect Guarino Guarini to make a new plan of the building and change it completley. The changes actually did not occur as quickly as hoped for, but over the XVIII century other important architects and artists worked on it, adding some neoclassical elements.

In the XIX century, the Palace was being used as a Summer Royal Palace for the Savoy family and more changes were done to the building. Most of the internal decorations were directed by Pelagio Palagi, who used the so-called eclectic style. The building underwent further developments during the XX century until it finally stopped being used, given the monarchy ended after the Second World War.

One of the most impressive rooms, in my opinion, is the entrance which is called Hercules Room from the presence of statues all around the room representing his labors. Notice that the ceiling decorations are all Trompe d’Oeils, they are not real decorations!

Here are images of some other rooms, enjoy!