Back in 1983, Toto Cutugno recorded what was to become an incredibly popular, realistic view of L'Italiano. This is a somber, raw pronouncement of what a "real" Italian is.
The song speaks of the vices, virtues and stereotypes of la Bel Paese, which, for example, is accused of excessive Americanism, a crisis of religion, a sexual casualness ( i.e., the line, "more and more women who are less nuns"), but still a country worthy of being proud of.The lyrics lace together religion, football, al dente pasta, espresso, socks, Italian artists, partisans as presidents and God.
It's worthy to be thought of as a National Anthem for modern Italians.
Click the video above to see an inspiring visual tour of what the Italian spirit is made of, or the Gypsy Queens video below for a very sexy rendition...
The Gypsy Queens version of L'Italiano by Toto Cutugno Click the photo above to watch the video
The oculus of the Pantheon is 24 feet in diameter and surprisingly is the only source of light (it is fairly bright under the dome). It represents the link between the temple and the gods above. The oculus is open to the rain, but the floor is slanted toward central drains cut into the marble floor.
One of the drains in the marble floor of the Pantheon
The trio of young Italian tenors Il Volo (the Flight), made up of Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble, were originally three independent participants in the Eurovision talent contest. The singers, at that time fifteen, were presented assoloists.Il Volo was born in May of the same year when the producers decided to have the trio record the song "O Sole Mio" together.Their first album was recorded in London, Los Angeles and Rome with producer Humberto Gatica and included a mix of standard, classic Italian songs and songs written by contemporary authors such as Diane Warren.The Il Volo CD/DVD Takes Flight: Live from the Detroit Opera House came out in 2012.
I you want to learn about Italy, food, life and humor, then Two Greedy Italians is for you. It is a BBC television series that was broadcast on BBC Two in the UK. The series follows charming chefs Gennaro Contaldo and Antonio Carluccio as they travel back to their homeland for the first time in 15 years... to see how their Italian society and food has evolved over the years. There is also an accompanying cook book called Two Greedy Italians: Carluccio and Contaldo's Return to Italy that you can find on Amazon. A second series entitled Two Greedy Italians: Still Hungry was also produced. These two old chefs have it all.... experience with food, life and great charisma. Lovable, passionate and damned funny together!
(Click the photo at left to see the DVD set on Amazon)
Click the photo below to watch a sample video of Two Greedy Italians
There is no dialog in this video. Just an hour and a half of strolling through the bustling, noisy, chaotic streets of Napoli, a city that jams nearly 4 million people into it's tight streets. Well worth taking the time, pouring a few cups of espresso and watching---perhaps while you are on your treadmill or exercise bike!
This video can really help Voyagers decide if a visit to Naples is their cup of tea... er, espresso.