Rediscover Italy | Orta San Giulio

Just over an hour’s drive from Milan, in the province of Novara Italy, there is a small and beautiful village, placed on the official list of the most beautiful villages in Italy and awarded with the orange flag of the Touring Club Italiano: Orta San Giulio.

Getting there is very simple and it’s ideal for a day trip from Milan. In fact, the little village offers in addition to monuments or interesting architectures, an atmosphere of serenity, the memory of a time when towns were smaller and everything was hand made locally.

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Located on the shores of Lake Orta, this small village has maintained its medieval shape, formed simply by a square with brooks and narrow lanes stretching from the shore for just over a hundred meters inland. You cannot enter the town with the car which you can leave in the large  car parking that you will find near by. The town’s streets are made with pebbles and you will not find a drop of asphalt that could contaminate the original roads. All the streets lead to the central square, from where you can take small boats (at about € 4) that will take you to the small isle of San Giulio in the middle of the lake a few minutes away. A true gem of untouched medieval architecture. You will find a monastery, a few homes and just a small restaurant with a terrace overlooking the lake called: Ristorante San Giulio. Needless to say you must make reservations if you want to eat there.dscf5298

The island has been a key place in the area for centuries, not only for its strategic location but also for it’s spiritual value. Many of the legends, still handed down, speak of the creatures of the island and the fundamental role the church (built in 390 AD) had to keep them away.
Throughout the Middle Ages, there were military camps and castles on the island, up to the modern and contemporary age, when the last remains of the last medieval castle were demolished to make room for a monastery and a bishop’s seminary that today occupies much of the island. The Mater Ecclesiae abbey which is a cloistered women’s Benedictine monastery.

Helpful hints:

The best means of transportation is undoubtedly the car, thanks to a very handy parking right at the beginning of the village, try to avoid those at the top of the hill because they are too distant, even if provided with shuttles. If you have the chance, I recommend the restaurant that is on the island of San Giulio, not so much for the food, at the level of a good trattoria, but for the pleasure of having lunch on the terrace overlooking the water, from which you can see the shores of the lake.

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The alternative, if you have not made reservations, are the little restaurants in the village square, which are just as good in prices and quality of food.

When you visit this small town, take your time, enjoy the little streets and explore it because, now more than ever, it is necessary to find the value of time spent well and, in Orta San Giulio this feeling of peace is almost guaranteed.

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Rediscover Italy | Akragas

Rediscovering Italy: Akragas

For the Rediscover Italy section, today I would like to bring readers to a beautiful city, on the island of Sicily that everyone has heard of at least once, but few know: Agrigento.

If you want to reach Sicily you can either fly, there are three airports, Palermo, Catania and Trapani or take a ferry from different locations in Italy. If you chose to fly and purchase a ticket with due advance the cost of a flight to Catania or Trapani (excluding July and August and the national holidays) can cost as little as forty-five euro round trip from Milan, but as public transport is limited to some Busses, to reach different locations I recommend renting a car. In fact, the best locations aside from the valley of the temples, are outside of town and so you need one to be able to enjoy a sunset or a starry night on the beach or reach an archeological site. I feel obliged to make some recommendations: entrust yourself to the best car rental companies avoiding discounts and offers that come with flights because they often hide exorbitant franchises and pay attention to the minimum age limit for drivers that varies from company to company and can entail huge overcharges.

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However, once you are provided with a car, you are ready to face the wonderful city of Agrigento and its province and expect interesting experiences. This premise is a must: if you are looking for a relaxing holiday made of sea, sandy beaches, grilled fish and sunsets, San Vito Lo Capo, between Palermo and Trapani, is the place for you. It offers well-stocked sandy beaches, great restaurants and incredible views. If you decide to go for a holiday in Agrigento rich of Greek history you will be immensely rewarded. Inevitable is the visit to the valley of temples that for thousands of years thrives on Akragas (Agrigento’s Greek name) hills. It has a complete well preserved structure of a Greek temple and parts of others, an archeological park with its necropolis and museum, that have just been restored in some parts and deserves a good half day to explore.

Allow me to give you a little bit of the history of this city. Sicily was considered by the Greeks, who made it one of their provinces, their main grain provider so they built a few cities on the island. The rediscovery of Akragas was started towards the end of the eighteenth century, when the first European travelers ventured into Sicily discovering unexpectedly immense artistic and archaeological wealth.

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In an enchanted valley, with flowered almond trees, is the most impressive monumental collection of all Magna Grecia. The valley of temples is surely the most important testimony of the ancient classical culture of these places. It brings together the temples of gods and goddesses beyond the necropolis area and extra-moenia sanctuaries.

The Temple of Castor and Pollux (Dioscuri) the legendary twins born from the union of Queen of Sparta with Jupiter. It has become the symbol of the city of Agrigento, now it has only four columns.

The Temple of Olympian Zeus (Jupiter) was built to thank god Zeus for the victory of 480 BC Of the Agrigentines on Carthaginians. Here are the telamons, giant statues with human semblance.

The Temple of Concordia is located along the Sacred Street, which is erected towards the fifth century, today it is the best preserved. In the 6th century it was transformed into a sacred building. The name Concordia comes from a Latin inscription found near the temple itself.

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The temple of Heracles (Hercules) is the oldest, the god was venerated with special attention from the Akragantines. Inside there was a bronze statue depicting Hercules himself, loved as a national hero. The temple was destroyed by an earthquake, today there are only eight columns.

The temple of Esculapio was built far beyond the ancient walls of the city, a pilgrimage site for the sick who demanded heal. The walls of the temple were covered by the writings of the sick who got the healing.

The temple of Vulcano dating back to the 5th century BC had to be an imposing building, today we have little. In the foundations, the remains of an archaic temple were found.

Unfortunately, the ancient ruins of the town of Eraclea Minoa on top of a hill, an hour away, of which I have good memories as a child, are in poor conditions but if you decide to go there you will have a breathtaking view of the sandy yellow beech below. I would recommend Selinunte where you will find an other perfectly preserved Greek temple. Once you have experienced the history and seen the miracles of archeology you will not be able to resist going to the endless sandy beaches that embrace this corner of Sicily. Wild, uncontaminated and with the bluest sea.

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There is one for every taste, but all guarantee spending some time between the sun and crystal clear water, I personally would like to recommend two that have a special place in my heart for beauty and comfort: Lido La Spiaggetta di Giallonardo, a 20-minute drive from Agrigento, near Siculiana Marina, a wild, yellow sand long beach with a clay wall, equipped with convenient parking and a Kiosk that, in addition to being an excellent cocktail bar, also rents sun loungers. The water is calm and low but after about thirty meters from the shore it is already deep. Perfect for both swimmers and for those who want to go diving.

The Realmonte Turkish Steps, is closer to the city than Giallonardo. It’s an amazing formation of white rock in which the wind, through the centuries, has carved steps, a white calcareous rock formation as high as a six storey building that stands out and shines that can be seen from miles away. The legend has it that people would go on top of the rock to watch if the Turks would be coming to invade the city. It offers one of the best views found across Sicily. Walking on it is absolutely safe and fun, but because of the presence of rocks in the water around it it’s absolutely forbidden to use it to jump into the sea. The sea surrounding it, however, has crystal-clear water as that found in Giallonardo, and the bars along the coast will be very convenient for getting some fresh drinks and ice cream.

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As for what is one of the greatest attractions in Sicily, food, I always recommend avoiding tourists traps, not stopping at the most convenient or cheaper places but going a bit further.

If you continue to explore, you will find little beach bars or restaurants that will change your day. I can also advise going to two small little places where to find some peace and good food, but if you feel up to it mix with the locals, stroll, explore and find all the stuff that this amazing city hides. My suggestion again, where you will find the best pizzas I have ever eaten, is the Stop bar, right on the road that leads from Agrigento and Porto Empedocle to Giallonardo : You will recognize it by a small green sign and by the amount of cars that crowd its parking lot, because in addition to the excellent arancini (stuffed fried rice balls) it also makes brioche with ice cream that you have never had before.

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The other is a restaurant in Bovo Marina, also close to Giallonardo, called Marina Giò where, from a terrace on the sea, you can enjoy the day’s catch prepared in all the ways that the Sicilian creative cuisine conceives.

As for the best time of the year to come, I can only tell you if want to avoid the heat and the rush of the summer season, to visit this city, and Sicily altogether, in the Spring or in Autumn when you will not find the majority of the tourists flow and the weather is a perfect blend between warm and cool. It’s a bit windy in May and June, very warm in July and August and back to warm in the day and cool in the evening in September and October. I have seen people swim in the Mediterranean sea in mid November.

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In this article I wanted to give you a little taste of what a part so little known of Italy can give you, you must embrace what is the best way to travel by getting involved in the culture you visit, without being afraid of Interacting with the locals and approach new adventures.

If you would like to organize a trip to Sicily and you need some extra details or, do not hesitate to contact me and I will be more than happy to help another traveler discover a new part of our wonderful country .

Rediscover Italy | le Cinque Terre

There are very beautiful places in Italy which we Italians often do not consider as a possible vacation spot simply because we imagine them to be too expensive or full of too many tourists. For this reason, we end up missing out on seeing some of the most attractive places our country offers.
My attitude was changed by an Australian friend who visited me last year, who in his must see list had the very attractive Cinque Terre, The five lands.

In two days I was able to organize a tour for us during a special holiday, Ferragosto, which is a very busy time in the summer, I found great accommodations, nice restaurants and perfect means of transportation and were able to spend 100 euro for everything staying in Monterosso and Riomaggiore.

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Transportation
The train is actually the best way to move around the Cinque Terre, which are close to one another and with very little parking facilities which, for this reason are also very expensive (5 euro an hour). It’s possible to get there by car, but roads are steep and narrow not easy for someone who is not used to them.

If you leave from Milan Central Station with train reservation you can reach Monterosso with 50 euro (round trip); you can spend even less if you can make early reservations.
Once you arrive you can purchase a card which allows you to travel through the five towns at the cost of 16 euro for 24 hours

The only drawback is that trains that go to all five towns are not so frequent as the schedule says because the trains that leave every 10 minutes actually stop only by the first and the last town, Monterosso and Riomaggiore. The local trains pass only every half hours and, after 6 P.M, every hour.

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If your only objective is to visit the five towns, enjoy the beautiful views, dip your feet in the Mediterranean, and you are an early bird, one day is enough to see them all. But all this will be possible only if you are a good walker ready to go up and down stairs at a fast pase.

If you want to take it slow and take two days to fit in some beach time any of the five towns offer very nice accommodations for any pocket size.
My friend and I were not interested in a 4-5 star hotel, so we opted for a room in an Airb&b that costed 45 euro each. The room was comfortable, clean and had all the necessary items.

We chose to stay in Monterosso, which we found convenient as it was the last of the five towns and it’s where the train that goes to Grosseto stops. However, the other towns do offer similar accommodations.

Once you have taken care of the travel part and the accommodations you are ready to enjoy the beauty of these five small towns clinging to the hills and which promise unique views.

The list of things to do is very simple: it takes less than an hour to visit each town,
the only advice I can give you is to embrace the reality of this place and let it regenerate you slowly and intimately.

Be ready to approach many stairs but the treasures you will see once you get at the top are priceless. From a Doria Castle to the small town of Corniglia which you can reach after only 500 steps where, at the top you can find a terrace from which to admire the natural reserve in which the five towns are immersed.

Monterosso is the only town equipped with umbrellas and sun chairs, but the real sea of ​​the Cinque Terre is what lies in the small bays and coves that can only be reached by walks or walkways, and strictly on foot. But I found the most amazing water in Riomaggiore right next to the marina, which is accessible via a carved cliff path not suitable for those with a weak heart.

Food
In these villages you will find everything the Ligurian cuisine can offer: from focaccias, pastas to fish. Here too, the solutions offered are for all pockets and you will have plenty of choice.

13920578_10210608391346452_2816783827985167798_nI have three eating places to suggest: the Belforte restaurant in Vernazza, which offers an incredible view not only of the town but of the whole bay, or Captain Taverna also in Vernazza and finally the only focaccia maker of Corniglia, which has a really good farinata.

If you feel like spending a few extra euro, I recommend Mickey’s Cellar in Monterosso where you can find anchovies cooked in any possible way, in addition to all the Ligurian traditional dishes that will tackle your palate.

Finally, I would like for you to try at the end of your meal a glass of Sciacchetrà, a meditation wine that comes from those terraced hills overlooking the Cinque Terre which have been the main attraction of this landscape for millennia.

Lucca comics and madness

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Anche quest’anno il Lucca comics and games è arrivato riportando noi appassionati tra le sue mura immersi in un mondo fatto di cosplay, stand, i fumettisti e più soldi del previsto che lasciano le nostre tasche.

My dear traveller from everywhere else in the world, an english version of this article along with some exclusive photos will appear soon on Niji magazine for which I wrote an intresting article about the latest fashion week in Milan that you can find here: http://nijimagazine.com/2016/10/milan-fashion-week-street-style/

Per chi non è ancora un veterano del “Lucca”, come lo chiamano gli aficionados, ho scritto una praticissima guida per la sezione viaggi di Roa, Rivista on line d’avanguardia, che potete trovare qui: https://rivistaonlinedavanguardia.com/category/on-the-road/

Per tutti coloro che hanno affrontato le bolge per una firma e ne sono usciti indenni questa è la mia personalissima avventura per le strade di questa incredibile città. Ho avuto il piacere e l’onore di percorrere le vie di Lucca in compagnia di una persona speciale con cui ho fatto il cosplay (estremamente home made ma a quanto pare efficace) di Scott Pilgrim e Ramona Flowers. Posso garantire a tutti coloro che sono ancora dubbiosi riguardo alla realizzazione di un cosplay che ogni singolo minuto passato tra pennelli, colla calda, ago e filo o, nel mio caso, a montare mattoncini lego darà i suoi copiosi frutti nell’istante in cui qualcuno bisbiglierà al suo amico il nome del tuo personaggio mentre passi e timidamente ti chiederà una foto. Soprattutto se il proprio cosplay non è dei più riconoscibili, trovare un altro amante del tuo personaggio è davvero una sensazione che solo una grande fiera come il Lucca comics può regalare.

Il mio Lucca non è stato solo cosplaying, è stato anche lunghe ore di coda per incontrare quattro dei miei fumettisti preferiti. Da questo punto di vista non si può andare a caso, ho elaborato un programma che teneva conto di ritardi e disavventure e così facendo sono riuscito a portarmi a casa 4 volumi autografati da Leo Ortolani, Giacomo Bevilacqua, Sio e Sarah Anderson.

Come ogni anno la quantità di visitatori è stata sconfinata assieme alla quantità di bellissimi cosplayers. Il divertimento per queste vie è assicurato ma se riuscite a evitare la domenica vi farete un favore perché per quanto la calca sia parte dell’esperienza, la domenica non si riesce quasi a camminare e moltissimo tempo si perde solo per andare dal punto A al punto B.

Questa domenica però sono riuscito ad arrivare abbastanza in antiticipo da poter assistere ad una piccola anteprima di Sing  il nuovo film d’animazione della Illumination entertainment di cui ho visto i primi 20 minuti e che consiglio a tutti di andare a vedere perché è qualcosa di nuovo e profondamente inaspettato.

Lucca è stata un’esperienza unica per me anche grazie al fatto che a condividerla con me c’era una persona molto speciale per cui è questo l’unico consiglio valido che posso dare: trovate qualcuno pazzo quanto voi, mettete assieme un cosplay, anche in una settimana, e godetevi Lucca a pieno perché nel suo marasma, e solo 5 giorni all’anno, diventa forse la città più bella d’Italia.

Al Andalus

The last, the richest and most sumptuous Muslim kingdom that ever existed in Spain was the one wich had its capitol city in Granada. Fundamental in the history of Europe and  world, his fall, which occurred the year of America’s discovery , ended the Middle Ages and started the modern age. A Muslim bastion in Europe for almost seven centuries, Granada flourished within its walls with art, culture and architecture inspired by Islam. When the city fell these monuments were not demolished but converted: dozens of churches still have bell towers that were once minarets and domes  incredibly pointy, markets and bazaars  became centers of the Christian trade and the wonderful Alhambra became the symbol of Spanish power and a castle for the Catholic kings.

This incredible mix of cultures pervades all the streets of the city that, walking fast enough, can be visited on a weekend. Days can only begin (even in July) with the typical churros of Granada, far larger and more battered than Madrid’s, to be immersed in hot chocolate. A visit to the Cartuja monastery is certainly recommended to know the dedication which the spanish conquerers  dedicated to the Christianization of their territory, while in the center of Granada there is the tomb of the king and queen who carried out this monumental work: Fernando of Aragon and Isabella of Castile.

The Alhambra is a must for its architecture and for the views that offers, but being one of the most visited monuments in Europe is very busy so you have to book the entrance in advance. My suggestion is to choose a quite late entry time (maybe at sunset) to understand the true meaning of its name (Alhambra in Arabic means red citadel) and to be able to dine in one of the many spots at the base of the hill with some tapas when you finish the visit.

The streets of Granada never sleep and the street performers, along with flamenco dancers, are on every corner, day and night in this unforgettable city which alone is worth the trip to Andalusia.

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L’ultimo, il più ricco e il più sontuoso regno musulmano spagnolo mai esistito è stato quello di Granada. Fondamentale nella storia dell’Europa e del mondo,  la sua caduta, avvenuta l’anno della scoperta dell’America, ha messo fine al medioevo e dato inizio all’età moderna. Baluardo musulmano in Europa per quasi sette secoli, Granada ha visto fiorire tra le sue mura arte, cultura e architettura ispirate dall’islam  che, una volta caduta la città, non sono state demolite ma riconvertite: decine di chiese hanno ancora campanili che un tempo erano minareti e incredibili cupole appuntite, i mercati e i bazar sono diventati centri del commercio cristiano e la meravigliosa Alhambra è diventata il simbolo del potere spagnolo una volta insediativi i re cattolici.

Questa incredibile unione di culture  pervade tutte le vie della città che, con passo veloce, si può anche visitare in un week end. Le giornate non possono che cominciare (anche a Luglio) con i tipici churros granadini, molto più grossi e pastellati di quelli Madrilegni,  da immergere nel cioccolato caldo. Una visita al monastero della Cartuja è certamente raccomandata per conoscere con che dedizione i riconquistatori spagnooli si sono dedicati alla cristianizzazione del loro territorio mentre in centro a Granada è imperdibile la tomba dei re che hanno portato avanti questa opera monumentale: Fernando d’Aragona e Isabella di Castiglia.

L’Alhambra è assolutamente  imperdibile per le sue architetture  e i panorami che offre ma essendo uno dei monumenti più visitati d’Europa è molto trafficata per cui bisogna prenotare l’ingresso. Consiglio di scegliere un’ ora abbastanza tarda (in prossimita’ del tramonto) per capire il vero significato del suo nome (Alhambra in arabo significa cittadella rossa) e per  poter cenare in uno dei tanti locali alla base della collina con qualche tapas una volta terminata la visita.

Le strade di Granada non dormono mai e gli artisti di strada, insieme ai danzatori di flamenco, sono ad ogni angolo, giorno e notte :è una città indimenticabile che da sola vale l’intera visita dell’Andalusia.

 

 

The Town of Swords

Three days on horseback from the modern capital of Spain and you will get to one of Spain’s oldest and proudest cities: Toledo.

Founded by the Romans, taken by the Visigoths, Islamized in the eighth century BC and brought back to Christianity in 1035, this fortified town surrounded by two-thirds by the river Tagus was the Spanish Empire’s capital for 500 years and its biggest provider of quality steel.

Famous since the dawn of the Middle Ages for its foundries and its master craftsmen, Toledo was, and still is, home to skilled masters smiths who (along with the inevitable tourist products) still produce the refined ceremonial swords for the highest levels of armies across Europe.

In addition to the swords Toledo is famous for its jewelery: the damasqinas. Handmade with incredible patience these inlaid jewelry in gold and silver thread have a definitely suggestive charm. If you are adventurous enough, you can find some small shops willing to show you how they cast the famous blades or damasquinas of Toledo, while the rest of the city is waiting to be explored, make sure you bring a map because thousands of years of construction on the same hill and within the same walls have made the very narrow streets of the city look all alike.

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Tre giorni a cavallo e dalla moderna capitale della Spagna e si arriva ad una delle sue più antiche e fiere città: Toledo.

Fondata dai romani, presa dai visigoti, islamizzata nell’ottavo secolo dopo cristo e riportata alla cristianità nel 1035, questa città fortificata  circondata per due terzi dal fiume Tago è stata per 500 anni la capitale dell’Impero Spagnolo nonché il suo più grande fornitore di armi di qualità.

Famosa sin dagli albori del medioevo per le sue fonderie e i suoi mastri artigiani, Toledo è stata, ed è ancora, la sede di abilissimi mastri spadai che (assieme agli inevitabili prodotti per turisti) producono ancora le raffinatissime spade da cerimonia per gli alti gradi degli eserciti in tutta Europa.

Oltre alle spade però Toledo è famosa per la sua gioielleria: le damaschine. Fatte a mano con incredibile pazienza questi gioielli intarsiati a filo d’oro e d’argento hanno un fascino sicuramente suggestivo. Se siete avventurosi a sufficienza potete trovare qualche piccola bottega che vi mostri come si realizzano le famose lame o le damaschine di Toledo, mentre il resto della città aspetta solo di essere esplorato, ma assicuratevi di portare una mappa perché migliaia di anni di costruzioni sulla stessa collina ed entro le stesse mura hanno reso i vicoli della città molto stretti e molto simili tra di loro.

The Water Gardens

Before I get into the chaos of the fashion week in Milan, I would liketo go back, just for a
moment, to the city that more than any other has bewitched me during my trip: Seville.
Thousands of years of history are concentrated along the Guadalquivir in a city that still proudly
displays all the vestigias of the different cultures  the inhabited it, especially the Moorish one that
fascinated me more than anything. An ideal day took me to from Plaza de España (built for the
Iberian American exhibition of 1929) to the Plaza de toros (one of the most important in Spain after
the one in Madrid) and finally to the Alcazar not only one of my favorite monuments ever but also
the prestigious venue which hosted the filming of Dorne's water gardens in the Game of Thrones
series. The architectures are simply breathtaking and the gardens give only a vague idea of  what
was the devotion to the beauty that had who has designed, built and inhabited the palace. Water is
the protagonist: fountains, streams and pools are everywhere in the gardens and the interiors
creating just the right ambiance that the imagination gives when it comes to a jewel like the
Moorish Alcazar of Seville.

Prima dell’inizio del mio viaggio tra le giornate frenetiche della settimana della moda di Milano, vorrei tornare, solo per qualche momento, alla città che più di tutte mi ha stregato durante il mio viaggio: Siviglia.

Migliaia di anni di storia si concentrano lungo il Guadalquivir in una città che ancora oggi mostra con orgoglio tutte le vesti che ha indossato soprattutto quella moresca che mi ha affascinato più di ogni cosa. Una giornata ideale mi ha portato da piazza di Spagna (costruita per l’expo iberico americano del 1929) alla Plaza de toros ( una delle più importanti di Spagna dopo quella di Madrid) per finire all’Alcazar, non solo uno dei miei monumenti preferiti in assoluto ma anche la prestigiosa location che ha ospitato le riprese dei giardini dell’acqua di Dorne nella serie “Il Trono di Spade”. Le architetture lasciano senza fiato e i giardini danno solo una vaga idea di quale fosse la devozione per la bellezza che aveva chi ha progettato, costruito e abitato quella reggia. L’acqua è protagonista: fontane, ruscelli e piscine tappezzano i giardini e gli interni creando proprio l’atmosfera che l’immaginazione da quando si parla di un gioiello dell’arte moresca come l’Alcazar di Siviglia

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Embrace Marrakech

Marrakech is an entire different city compared to the ancient imperial capital of Fez . The medina living in harmony with large boulevardes , the central square that never sleeps, the royal palace with its huge courtyards and the countless street artists who flock to its streets. This is an always changing city, is not a monument to the past of Morocco but it’s historical and tourist capital, and as such fits what those visiting Morocco are expecting to find. Old and new blend together in a unique spiral from which it is hard not to get caught in.

Marrakech è  un altro mondo rispetto all’antica città imperiale di Fez. Alla medina si affiancano i grandi boulevardes, la piazza centrale che non dorme mai, il palazzo reale con i suoi immensi cortili e gli infiniti artisti di strada che affollano le sue  vie. Questa è un città in movimento, non è un monumento al passato del Marocco bensì la sua capitale storica e turistica  e in quanto tale si adatta a ciò che chi visita il Marocco si aspetta da essa. Antico e moderno si fondono in una spirale unica da  cui è difficile non farsi catturare.

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Looking down in the alley

Il viaggio nella medina di Fez continua attraverso le immagini dei bambini tra i vicoli che corrono, giocano e spesso lavorano. Puliscono, trasportano pacchi o invitano i clienti nei negozi dove stanno facendo un apprendistato. non stupisce il fatto che gli uomini siedono ai banchi o in terra contrattando facendo trasportare tutto ai bambini  e alle donne.

The trip to the Fez medina continues through the pictures of the children in the alleys that run , play and often work . They Clean,  they carry packages or they invite customers in the stores where they are doing an apprenticeship. It isn’t  a surprise that the men sit on benches or on the ground doing bargaining while children and women carry all the wheights

 

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Fashion is coming

Fashion has it’s moment of glamour four times a year in four of the greatest cities of the world: New York, London, Milan and Paris.

When the fashion week is on, each city changes it’s mood and reveals a new profile full of energy, elegance but most of all extravaganza.

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Regardless of where you are, in each showroom of the city, the best known stylists and the emerging ones show their new collections to the attention of VIPs and the media.

Most people go to the shows to see but also to be seen. Around the catwalk one can find those who really have an important role in this industry as well as very famous people well known in the movie, music and sports industries.

But the real action is in the streets around these showrooms. As a street photographer active during these weeks I have witnessed how creativity in assembling an outfit can reach a high level of class or great levels of fun.

Outside the areas where the shows are taking place in which only the very fortunate are invited, in the streets, there is another fashion show. Anyone can create his or her look and show up at in every location to be seen.

Photographers are ready for them and compete as to who can catch the best shot or the most amazing look. Their best photos will then be sent, in no time, to fashion magazines which will publish them as fast as possible.

It’s a real race as to which fashion magazine shows the new street trends, first anywhere in the world.

Let me tell you it’s quite a show. An interesting show. People dressed in the most unusual or unique way will be happy to pose and be photographed.

Many fashion bloggers will be there and will be reporting what’s new and interesting in their blog that same day.

Fashion week is coming up in September, so beware citizens of the world, Fashion is coming and posers come with it.

La moda ha i suoi momenti di gloria quattro volte l’anno, in quattro delle città più belle del mondo: New York, Londra, Milano e Parigi. Durante la settimana della moda in queste città gli stilisti consolidati e quelli emergenti mostrano le loro sfilate alle persone del settore, ai VIP e alla stampa. Ma nelle strade che circondano i luoghi delle sfilate cominciano a sfilare tutti coloro che hanno creato il loro look personale che vogliono mostrare al mondo.
I fotografi sono pronti e fanno a gara per cogliere il look più suggestivo da mandare in tempo reale alle riviste di moda. Anche i blogger di moda sono presenti e pronti ad annunciare al mondo i nuovi trend nei loro siti.
E’ uno spettacolo affascinante dove si possono vedere gli stili più eleganti e quelli più stravaganti.
Milano preparati, la moda sta arrivando.