We are super happy to be part of the first Italian Periscope Marathon this Sunday, April 10th, 2016. A total of 20 Italian Periscopers from both Italy and the world will be showing the beauty that is Italy through a series of 15-minute segments which will start at 11.15am Eastern Standard Time and end at around 4.30pm Eastern Standard Time.
We will be on Periscope live at around 1.15pm live from the Duomo in Milan. You can also see it live in our @casachiesi Twitter account without using Periscope.
Also follow the Event related hashtag #LivestreamIta
More info here (in italian)
1st Italian Periscope Marathon
After living past the 20th year mark in Italy it has become second nature to revert towards typical hand gestures to express certain expressions that are quicker and provide an immediate feedback towards trying to get a message across to my Italian friends.
Recently I came across this video in the form of a question and answer session to folks from around the world which I really love and consider a great intro to the magic of Italian hand gestures. Enjoy!
Today I attended the commemoration of the death occurred on February 19th of Umberto Eco, the worldwide known philosopher, semiotician, writer and university professor and I was surprised to note how much he was loved by the Milanese citizens who gathered inside the Sforza Castle courtyard to tribute its final farewell in such a number you would think unimaginable for an intellectual.
Milanese citizens gathered inside the Sforza Castle courtyard to tribute their final farewell in such a number you would think unimaginable for an intellectual. His knowledge was enormous and his way to communicate it was very light: legions of students must miss this man today, born to teach, unrivaled for his wit, sensitivity, humor and boundless culture.
During its long academic career, he has received 41 “honoris causa” degree from different University around the world and he had other two more which were ready to be added to the list.
I’ve heard many times about this walk that leads from Voltri, on the outskirts of Genoa, to Varazze, passing through the towns of Arenzano and Cogoleto, that winds along the coast overlooking the sea, following the route of the old railway dismissed in the ’60.
I finally managed to go and try the long path (16 kilometers!!!) the other day, with my sister who lives in Camogli, on a gorgeous sunny morning.
Part of the walk is done under the original tunnels dug and built to pierce the mountain where the rock that plunges into the sea prevented the straight progress of the train. You can still see the traces of the mines used to break through into the hard rock. The rest is just open sea and open sky.
Check out the pictures and if you happened to be somewhere around Genova don’t miss this treasure re-qualified and given back to inhabitants and visitors.
Yesterday we decided to visit our friends that import the best Cod Fish from Norway in Milan (At least we think so!). Hope you enjoy our visit and we will be preparing a feature on how to cook Cod Fish the Casa Chiesi way!
If you find yourself in New York till the 6th of January we highly recommend that you visit the current “Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting” at the Guggenheim Museum. We highlighted this amazing artist and the restoration of his Teatro Continuo here in Milan.
At the fourth day of the Milano fashion week I worked on the most awaited event of the season: the Givenchy party to celebrate Riccardo Tisci and his ten years at the Maison along with the opening of the first Givenchy boutique in Via Sant’Andrea 9 in Milan. When I got the call sheet (the email were my agency gives me the working appointment for the day after) I was very surprised to know that the party was going to take place in one of my favorite abandoned buildings in town: the Cristalleria dei fratelli Livellara. I’ve dreamed about this building and it’s possible restoration for years! It’s a former crystal factory from 1935 that looks like the physical interpretation of a Antonio Sant’Elia ( the Italian futuristic architect that drew the future but died too young to built it) dream. At the beginning of summer, the heir of this crumbling property decided to open it to the public as a bar and event area with the evocative name Spirit de Milan. The Fashion world has long whiskers and immediately put its paws on it. Is was a perfect setting for the visionary party that had everything you can imagine between a circus, a gay pride, a sadomaso rave and a pop concert (even Nicky Minaj was on stage). Nothing was left behind!!
But I must say…. it was worth the effort!
Last Sunday we went to visit the new Metropolitan Market in Milan which is running in conjunction with the Milan Expo 2015. Lot’s of great food truck options along with an internal food market (a bit overpriced but space is really nice). We will be running an upcoming article soon with more details of this new reality in Milan.
As most of the folks living in Italy know, August is the month for that much deserved Holiday!
Ours is coming to the end so in the meantime….
Yesterday we arrived at our friends house in the Casentino area of Tuscany. So how do we start our week in Tuscany? By going back in time and having lunch at Trattoria Filetto in the town of Stia which is a family run restaurant that is stuck in the 1950’s! As I sat down memories of my first trip to Italy invaded my brain! The table cloth, the bottle of red wine on the table, the Bakelite telephone on the wall! I knew that when we would arrive here we would find so many traditional not modernized locations like this one! And the food? Authentic, simple and cheap ($15 per person which included 2 dishes and a bottle of good Chianti!) Great way to start our week here!