Night Painting in the Valtidone Forrest : Confluenze Festival 2019

Posted by on Aug 15, 2019 in Chiesi Fun | No Comments
Festival Confluenze in Valtidone

Festival Confluenze in Valtidone

Every year we typically retreat to the nice quite of the Valtidone hills in which we get a chance to recharge our energies and plan the rest of the year both workwise and Casa ChiesiCasa Chiesi Web Site wise!

This year we took part of the Confluenze festival which is a yearly event organised by our dear friend Azzura Zanoli (along with a vast team of collaborators). The initial editions of this festival use to concentrate on the town of Nibbiano which is directly below us and roughly a 10 minute drive from our country place.

This year the festival ran between August 3rd and August 10th which was perfect for us since we had just started our Summer Holiday.

One of the highlights for Betti and myself was a night walk into the woods with an artist that organised an excersice that consisted of painting on white sheets of paper the reflection cast out by the folliage in the woods. So basically we met in the forrest with a team of roughly 30 people who broke down the task towards someone holding a flashlight or torch (in most cases the mobile phones provided the perfect light source) and the other person trying to recreate the folliage on paper that derived from the shadows.

Festival Confluenze in Valtidone

Festival Confluenze in Valtidone

I have to confess that after seeing Betti so full of entusiasm and egging me on to join her in the fun (mind you I cant remember the last time I took a paint brush in my hands) the experience was so liberating and fun! Quite an interesting experiment with beautiful results in the middle of the evening in the famous Bosco delle Streghe (which means Witch Forrest, a name Azzura came up with years ago).

The theme of this years festival was Walking (Camminare) so most of the events revolved around beautiful walks that helped us better understand and appreciate the beauty which is Valtidone. We are looking forward to next years edition of this ever expanding event.

Check out their website (english version coming soon) at this link

Next year if you are in this neck of the woods we invite you to join in on the festivities.
Here is the location of the town of Nibbiano.

http://www.confluenze.net/confluenze-festival/

Casa Chiesi and the Italian Countryside

Posted by on Aug 12, 2019 in Chiesi Fun | No Comments

CaBazzari Casa Chiesi Country House

As most of you probably know we are a couple that are living in the city of Milan which is a bit hectic by nature (but not as hectic as New York) so roughly 12 years a go we decided to make a small investment and buy an old abandoned trattoria in the small town of CaBazarri in the beautifu hills of Valtidone close to the town of Nibbiano.

This place is roughly and hour and fifty minutes away from our place in Milan and has been the main center of a lot of wonderful moments in our Italian lifestyle experience. In fact we usually are able to spend weekends and short holiday breaks away from the polluted air in Milan.

For us the most magical moment and one which we cherish the most is the Summer Vacation which here in Italy roughly last 3 weeks and is the perfect time to also turn off the preassure valve and relax. This year is even more special since the hot temperatures that people suffer in the city are far away due to the fact that we are at 700 meters above sea level with a drop of about 10 degrees which makes for sleeping under covers at night and no sweat fests like we had in Milan last month.

CaBazzari Casa Chiesi Country House
CaBazzari Casa Chiesi Country House
CaBazzari Casa Chiesi Country House
CaBazzari Casa Chiesi Country House

This is also a great time to go down and visit the Trebbia River which is roughy 30 minutes away and also explore and enjoy other sites and sounds of the valley. In fact we even had time to whip up another recipe which here in the country is a favourite from Betti’s secret arsenal. This time it’s Italian Lemon Mousse (check out the recipe here).

Anyway to give you an idea of this small secret retreat we enjoy on a regular basis here are some photos

Hope you all enjoy a great Summer break wherever you might find yourself and thanks for the support.
Next month I am heading out to the BorderlessLive event in London to promote our brand and expand our adventures from Italy.

Nazim

Trento’s Teatro Sociale : A perfect backdrop for Traverse19 the choice traveller bloggers event

Posted by on Jun 16, 2019 in Chiesi Fun | No Comments

Coming back from Traverse19, the traveller bloggers festival that took place last weekend, I want to honor the city of Trento, which hosted us in one of the historical places that well represent the affection of Trento to culture: it Social Theater.

It is a classic Italian theater, with a vaguely neoclassical architectural approach, with a deep stage, a good capacity, its “Palco Reale“, an imposing chandelier, golden decorations and beautiful frescos in the ceiling but It was long considered the most beautiful theater in Tyrol.

  • Trento - Teatro Sociale
  • Trento - Teatro Sociale
  • Trento - Teatro Sociale
  • Trento - Teatro Sociale

It is quite curious to know that in the subsoil important pieces of the building fabric of the Roman Tridentum were discovered with a paved stretch of road, a Domus with mosaics, a craft workshop, and traces of medieval renovations.

As you walk around you can perceive the presence of Roman ruins through the glass frames distribute here and there in the conference rooms.

The history of the social theater of Trento is a story with a happy ending that spans over the life of the city from the beginning of 1800 to today.

The theater was built by a private citizen, Felice Mazzurana, who was also its first owner and its activities started 1819 with the show
La Cenerentola” by Gioachino Rossini.

  • Trento - Teatro Sociale
  • Trento - Teatro Sociale
  • Trento - Teatro Sociale
  • Trento - Teatro Sociale

Mazzurana believed that Trento was missing a “Real theater” and when the building was completed, he succeeded in selling, in one day, almost all the theater boxes to the rich city families.

In 1835 the theater changed its name to Teatro Sociale and the management passed from Mazzurana to the Società del Teatro.

In 1881 the theater underwent a first restructuring curated by Count Manci and in 1893 the second representation of Manon Lescaut took place there with the presence of the opera author, Giacomo Puccini. These were the golden years of the late nineteenth century, la Belle Epoque when Verdi works came to Trento under the directing of Arturo Toscanini.

Then with the First World War, arrived the closing of the theater and its transformation into a military warehouse.

In 1924 the venue underwent another restoration which signed the beginning of a new era, the cinema. For 60 years the Teatro Sociale hosted prose, opera, and cinema until 1984 when, the impresario Zuliani, unable to bear the costs of the restoration, decided to sell it to the Province Trento which later granted it to the Municipality of Trento.

This ownership change prevented the risk of the theater being turned into a department store
The last restoration, which ended in 2000, gave us back the structure that we see today and we have attended in these days both in his main hall dedicated to entertainment activities and in all the other rooms where the conferences were presented.

Thanks again to Traverse for letting us discover a small Italian jewel and for the city of Trento that hosted this event

Betti

For more articles from the Trento region check out our coverage of the Besano Castle and Fortunato Depero’s Museum

Short video I did before the opening ceremony

Casa Chiesi City Belly from Palermo

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Chiesi Fun, News | No Comments

Casa Chiesi City Belly - Palermo

This Friday we are flying down to Sicily and more precisely the city of Palermo for a 4-day visit and to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary which is really in August but we start celebrating now!

In February we did the first Casa Chiesi City Belly, a live stream which revolves from the center piazza (square) of our favorite Italian cities. Our first one was revolving around the city of Bologna and you can view it here.

Now it is the turn of the city of Palermo!

In this 30 minute format we will give you a 360° (hint…) view and analysis of the Italian city we are visiting from the center of each one (from here comes the reference to the Belly!) We would love for you to join us this Sunday at 11 am EST where we will be highlighting the wonderful city of Palermo.

These Livestreams are visible on our Facebook Page at this link
http://www.facebook.com/casachiesi
and we will also be featured on this website and YouTube channel
https://www.youtube.com/user/casachiesi

Kinda like bring the town center to your Living Room!

Betti and Nazim

Casa Chiesi City Belly : New Livestreaming Show

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Chiesi Fun | No Comments

Casa Chiesi City Belly - Bologna

So during the Holidays, we did a lot of brainstorming regarding what we would love to do in 2017 as new features for Casa Chiesi.
As you all probably know we love to do and have been doing Livestreams for Casa Chiesi from diverse locations in Italy.

Well now comes a new Show concept that we are introducing with a test pilot run this Sunday: Casa Chiesi City Belly, a live stream which revolves from the center piazza (square) of our favorite Italian cities.
In this 20 minute format we will give you a 360° (hint…) view and analysis of the Italian city we are visiting from the center of each one (from here comes the reference to the Belly!) We would love for you to join us this Sunday at 9 am EST where we will be highlighting the wonderful city of Bologna and provide some feedback of the things that you would love for us to highlight.

These Livestreams are visible on our Facebook Page at this link
http://www.facebook.com/casachiesi
and we will also be featured on this website and YouTube channel
https://www.youtube.com/user/casachiesi

Kinda like bring the town center to your Living Room!

Betti and Nazim

Join us for a glass of virtual Prosecco! (It’s Nazim’s Birthday)

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Chiesi Fun | 2 Comments

Okay, This is the second time we do something like this (first time was on Google+ and Nazim spilled a glass of wine over the keyboard!)

Video has been removed because Blab closed.

A view from the market in Pianello, Val Tidone

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Chiesi Fun | No Comments

So finally we are on our third day of Holidays (the first two days involved sleeping…sleeping…and more sleeping). This morning we decided to go down to Pianello since we will have guest over for dinner tonight so we had to catch up on provisions. This week we also expect to make 200 kilos of tomato sauce this weekend (yes, Betti is nuts!). Next week on the 15th we leave for Tuscany (somewhere close to Poppi) where we stay with friends and do some more Ingredients for Casa Chiesi.

The Yearly Charity Drive

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015 in Chiesi Fun | No Comments

Every year for the last 10 years (with slight interruptions for a small hiatus in the last two years) Elisabetta and I have joined a series of close friends(of which one of the original organisers and house provider Carlo Sigon – the man in the photo below) typically on the week after Christmas and run a Charity Event which consists of the following rules:

1. Bring three objects or gifts that you would like to get rid of. (typical stuff that you might have received and that you never found a place in the house for, an old object that is in the back of the garage that you noticed the other day and want to get rid of or you don’t use, etc.)

2. All these objects are placed on a big table for all to see. The person that brings the object puts a starting bid price after which people can increase and try to outbid the other participates usually on the basis of one euro increases (roughly a dollar and twenty cents).

3. If nobody wins the bid the person that put the price on the object has to re-buy it back at the price he indicated for the object. This is called a classic “boomerang” for obvious reasons.

This year we decided to do it in February since most of our friends were gone for the Holidays. Our dear friend Michele Rossi (in the photo) acts as auctioneer doing a great justice to the presentation of each item with comedy like approach that truly makes him a master (specially considering that he is an architect and their is a famous Italian comedian/actor in the group).

What started out as a small group of friends having an excuse to get together, drink and laugh has with time turned into a major event with more than 40 people in attendance and proceeds close to 2000$. Last night was no exception as you can see in the following photos.

  • Auction
  • Auction
  • Auction
  • Auction
  • Auction
  • Auction
  • Auction

Once we finish the Yearly Charity Event, a mailing list is generated and we pass the votes towards which charities to assign the proceeds in the following weeks. A great idea and tradition that is for a great cause and unifies friends on a fun evening!

Camogli: How I love thee

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Chiesi Fun | No Comments

If you ask any Italian from the north of Italy were Camogli is you’ll receive as an answer a languid sigh “ ah, Camogli !”. I was lucky enough to have a father that grew there and a mother that used to go on holiday in the same place back in the late forties.

Three are the highlights of this landscape piece of art: Panavision sunsets, irresistible focaccia’s and a fakir big stones beach that keep away the unmotivated visitors. I sometimes know tourists routes work like our synapses (preferring to follow known paths) and most of the American traveler tend to go to Le 5 Terre but make the effort to change the trend and have a look to this perfectly preserved Ligurian corner.

Betti

  • Camogli
  • Camogli
  • Camogli
  • Camogli
  • Duomo

A Chiesi Wedding

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in Chiesi Fun | No Comments

There is nothing better than a nice Italian wedding in my book Especially if it’s my sister-in-law the one that is getting married! Last Friday we had the pleasure of staying over at her closest friends beautiful house and partaking of such a great event! For the occasion she decided to simplify the process (a typical Italian wedding is a four to five course meal that goes on for hours with people just stuffing themselves like there is no tomorrow!) and provide a nice combined full platter buffet (one for cold cuts and the other one for diverse cheese: Parmigiano, gorgonzola, smoked buffalo mozzarella along with extra stuff to long to mention!).

To close out the evening we had a huge Paella (for about 150 guests so the size of the pan was huge! 1.5-meter diameter!) and a lovely cake with a couple of singers and bands!! Check out the video!

Obviously, it was a super exciting event considering that all sisters love our new brother-in-law and my mother-in-law approved (that’s amore!)

  • Elisabetta Chiesi
  • Simona Chiesi
  • Patricia Chiesi

The Chiesi Clan: Elisabetta, Simone and Patty (the one that got married)