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Pizza in Milan. Two restaurants I tried.

2017-10-01 • By

A place to eat a special pizza in Milan.

Do you want to eat a pizza in Milan? As everywhere in Italy, you’ll find plenty of pizzerie of different quality. And you know the hometown of the real pizza is Naples.

But Milan is so full of restaurants that you can find nearly everything. Today I want to talk about the fashion of “gourmet pizza”. A pretentious name, isn’t it?

And in my opinion, pizza should be simple at first.

So gourmet pizza is a contradiction itself. Or it’s not if you think of it as a pizza done with high quality ingredients and with some experimentation.

I’m not neither a gourmet nor a food writer, so I’m not able to judge this food trend.

As a local going out dinner I can tell you my favourite places where to find this special pizza in Milan right now.

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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.

venice things to avoid

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.

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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.

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7 reasons why you’ll love Italy in autumn.

2016-09-25 • By

Italy in autumn is at its best. Here’s some reasons why you should visit Italy in autumn.

You might think how is it to visit Italy in autumn. When I was younger I didn’t like autumn. Holiday end and it’s time to go back to school or work. September was like the real beginning of the year. It bore the anxiety of what you were supposed to do in the next months. Wake me up when September ends.

But than things change and you start to appreciate what you didn’t like before. Now I can honestly say autumn is my favourite season. Living here I can say that Italy in autumn is at its best.

Italy in autumn

So here’s some reasons why you should visit Italy in autumn.

Weather is nearly perfect for visiting cities.

Summer is normally really hot. That’s nice if you are going to stay on the beach, but it can be unpleasant to walk all day long around in Rome, Florence or Venice. Plan to come in autumn in Italy if you are going to visit cities. It’s possible you’ll find some bad weather sometimes, but it’s generally pleasantly warm in the day. I personally prefer use the umbrella sometimes than walking all day with 30 celsius degrees and more. The most you go South the most you’re still in time to stay on the beach in September, October and even November. In Sicily and Puglia they always point out how they’re still bathing in the sea when we have foggy days here in Milan.

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Fertility day. About a disastrous health campaign and motherhood in Italy

2016-09-04 • By

My thougts about “fertility day”, an initiative of Italian health ministry showing how motherhood in Italy is still permeated by old stereotypes.

A disastrous communication campaign to launch the so-called fertility day on 22nd of September made Italian women mad.

Fertility day was meant to inform women and men on how to protect their procreative health. Of course there’s the low birthrate of Italy behind it. This might cause in the future problems of sustainability of our healthcare and welfare system. Everybody knows that. It not scandalous at all: it’s a real problem many other EU countries are trying to address.

The problem was that the fertility day campaign was completely wrong. Do you think they gave information on how to avoid infections? About access to in vitro fertilization techniques? Not at all.

It has been mostly addressed towards women and based on the message: tick tock, tick tock, hey your getting older, hurry up to get pregnant or you’ll miss your chance.

It featured an image of a woman brandishing a hourglass, with the claim “beauty is ageless, fertility isn’t”.

fartility day

not a joke: the real image of the campaign

A wave of rage raised among women who reminded on social networks the best way to boost fertility: permanent jobs, options to rent or buy a house with acceptable costs, more public kidergartens, no fear to be fired after maternity leave.

You can read more in this article in Quartz magazine, but also CBS, NYpost and Huffington Post talked about it.

The only effect was to make everyone mad. They bothered women who are delaying pregnancy for external private or economic reasons: precarious job, no stable relationship, lack of external help. They made angry infertile couple for to health problems, gays and lesbians, women who are not willing to have children. For those the campaign was not only ridiculous, but frankly offensive. Even women with children got mad, reminding that after you gave birth you are left alone with the only help of family and private baby-sitters. (Yes in Italy grandparents are the real welfare: without them most of the families will simply not exists).

I know really a few women in their thirties delaying pregnancy if they have a job, avhouse and a stable relationship because they go clubbing every night or they got workaholic trying to become the next Marissa Mayers (oops I forgot she is a CEO and also a mother).

I think it’s the worst health communication campaign ever. The claim “fertility is a common good” was particularly annoying for it’s reminding a sad page of our history, when fascists asked to do more children for a stronger nation.

When I saw it I couldn’t believe it. How could they be so stupid? But I have to say it did not completely surprised me. You know why?

It’s nothing different from the usual idea of motherhood in Italian society.

Motherhood in Italy in seen in a contradictory way. Superficially, we idealize it. But if you go deeper, I believe that Italian society misleads the complexity of motherhood with the simple act of taking care.