lifestyle, people, Places

Venice things to avoid. Venice itself?

2017-06-18 • By

There are many travel blog posts about Venice things to avoid. This one is different.

My tip? Don’t visit Venice. Really, you shouldn’t. I know I write a post about my last visit in Venice. It is exactly after that I started to follow blogs and Facebook pages about the situation in Venice. I know you’ll love to go there, but I’m sure you want to be an aware tourist. You might decide not to visit Galapagos or mount Everest to preserve them. The same way, you may decide to avoid Venice. Here’s some reasons why.

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Venice is beautiful, but I won’t ever live there. 

This sentence in Italy has become “the” commonplace, the example to explain what a commonplace is. Ironically someone could say among Venice things to avoid the first is a resident. But they have reasons if they’re not so kind with tourists. While tourists are more and more every year, Venice is becoming less and less populated.

films

Recent Italian films: Veloce come il vento

2017-05-28 • By

There are some recent Italian films that are going in a new direction. Good quality films with an eye on market.

You know what I think? Dramas, poetic comedy- dramas à la Beningni’s Life Is Beautiful and films with the last TV-comedian in the leading role are not enough. It’s time for something different.

Recently some Italian directors are finally experimenting an Italian way to other genres: science fiction (like They call me Jeeg) and action movies.

Among these I would place Veloce come il vento, also known with the international title Italian Race. Here’s the trailer in Italian. This is the first motor race movie among recent Italian films I remember. Actually, I think it’s the only motor race Italian film ever.

Which is interesting, if you think that there’s a whole Italian area, from Imola (where the film is set) to Mugello which is completely devoted to motors. Ferrari, Lamborghini and Ducati are there. Valetino Rossi is from there. Bikers are everywhere, parents put children into a go-kart at three years old. Why nobody talked about this before?

lifestyle

One month without Facebook. 7 things I learned.

2017-05-01 • By

Why did I decide to stay one month without Facebook?

I decided to stay one month witouth Facebook because, well,I felt a little bit intoxicated. 

Picking up my phone and opening Facebook has become such an automatism that I did not even think about it anymore. Probably a little bit too frequently. 

one month without Facebook

As reported in this article from The Guardian, many people are losing interests in Facebook, especially the youngest. These guys say they are happier without Facebook, because they don’t feel like a failure anymore  if their lives doesn’t fit in the frame they want to share. I’m not at that level, since I don’t care a lot of the “likes” I earn, but actually I started to be aware of the time spent and probably lost. I tried to calculate indeed how much time I spent on Facebook everyday and I realised it was simply too much. At least, too much compared to the benefits I had. 

You could think it’s an experiment only half succeeded. I stayed one month without Facebook, not without all my accounts. Actually Facebook is what I really use for my “social” life. I mainly use Twitter to follow my interests and for information. Instagram is apparently still a niche social for my acquaintance. 

Facebook is still the place where most of the people I know post about their personal life. 

Here’s what I learned in one month without Facebook.

cooking

Why do we love cooking (or watching people cooking)?

2017-04-02 • By

A fascinating theory on why we love cooking (and watching people cooking).

 It’s been a long time I’m asking myself the reason why we love cooking shows and food photographs so much. We are cooking less and less while watching food more and more.
Every time you switch the TV on you’re probably find someone cooking. There are countless cooking shows and photographs of food on every social network, countless food blogs.
Why are we only looking to something that you should above all taste and smell? Has the sense of sight won on all the other senses and it’s enough for us to satisfy our eyes? Or the TV chefs intrigue us because they dominate an art we have forgotten?love cooking
Whatever the answer, someone cutting vegetables and mixing ingredients on TV or Youtube literally hypnotizes me.
I discovered reading the book “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation” the the author, the journalist Michael Pollan, asked himself the same question.
people, Places

Villa Balbianello. A house on lake Como Hollywood loves.

2017-01-17 • By

In Lenno, a small country on lake Como, you’ll find villa Balbianello.

As many others villas on Lake Como, It was the buen retiro of its many rich owners and but it was also the set for some scenes of Star Wars – Episode Two and Casino Royale with Daniel Craig.

Villa Balbianello has one of the most spectacular and romantic views on the lake Como. It has an interesting story and its garden is a jewel. I worth a visit even if you’re not a Star Wars or James Bond fan.

Una foto pubblicata da Paola Marzorati (@paolamar22) in data: