When traveling through the Amalfi Coast, we can't help but wonder, "Who lives up there? How do they deal with all those steps? How do you even get up there?" You'll see houses precariously clinging to a cliff edge with no indication of how you even get to the house from the road above--or below--and how you would even get your groceries to your door. Anyone who has done even a little trekking and walking would be familiar with the old donkey paths and countless steps that link these communities, up and down the mountain and from hamlet to village. Consider what it must be like to live a workaday life in towns like Positano, Amalfi Town, or the not so famous towns of Furore, Priano, Nocelle, Montepertuso, San Lazzaro, San Michele or Scala (even its name means staircase). The YouTube videos of Nicki Positano takes a look behind the curtain of what it's like to live as an expat in Italy and on the Amalfi Coast...
Although I've experienced what it's like to be an expat living in another country (France), I've never lived in Italy and am amazed at how people need to adjust to the quirks of not only government and social customs, but also with the extreme geology of the place... hills, heat, narrow roads, tiny cars, compact living quarters and perhaps even dodging the enormous tourist throngs that "invade" during the peak season.
As GVI's mascot, La Bocca della Verita demands, we always look for truths about Italy, and we've found amazing truths in the wonderful, funny, informative and completely entertaining videos of Nicki Positano. Nicki is a British expat who has lived in Positano for nearly 20 years with her husband, Carlo and daughter Sky. Nicki speaks fluent Italian but the local dialect is still an effort for her. They live in a house that is 465 steps down from the road above. Their life is beautiful, difficult at times, but fulfilling nonetheless--like Italy itself.
Watching Nicki's videos and learning the intimate details about life on the Amalfi Coast--and in Italy--has become a family event in our home. We gather around our large screen smart TV, pop open the YouTube app and call up one of Nicki's videos. Our son loves Nicki's ever-present four-legged companion Holly, even riding on the foot board of her scooter as she does her daily errands.
It's like watching both through a window and through Nicki's eyes. She shoots many videos using a selfie-stick while walking along with her rapid-fire dialog flowing, never missing a beat to give a detailed account of the activity at hand. She's a damned good reporter, presenter and videographer.
Her videos include all sorts of activities: hikes up on the mountain, kayaking, meeting up with friends, taking out the trash, attending local festivals, or buzzing around the treacherous Amalfi roads on her two-wheeler while heading to another one of her wedding or magazine assignments (she's a make-up artist in high demand). Whether it's going to the cemetery on Halloween night (oddly beautiful), following the aftermath of a torrential flood or forest fire, going shopping with a friend, hiking the Path of the Gods, chilling at home with her teenage daughter or whipping up a simple lunch, you'll fall in love with Nicki's videos--and learn an enormous amount about living in Italy.
The high quality of her 4K videos (she uses a GoPro for kayaking and skiing, and Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II for walking) paired with a large screen, HD-TV gives us the feeling like we are walking the paths with Nicki--you can almost smell those Amalfi lemons and bougainvillea.
Thanks for sharing your lifestyle with us, Nicki...
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She answers a phone call from an old friend of her fiance who happens to have that name, and she finds herself in a blinded-by-love chase all the way to Italy to meet him.
With Bonnie Hunt along for the joyride of a lifetime, she meets dreamy Robert Downey Jr's character and starts to fall for him... but pulls away knowing that he's not "the" man foretold as her lifetime love.
You can see where this is going... girl dumps fiance, searches for the perfect boy, meets another boy, dumps that boy, then realizes that she loves the new boy, then the new boy is found out as lying to her, she dumps him again... whew! Trust me, as it's happening, it's really not hard to follow... and neither are the beautiful backdrops of Italy.
The film is cute, funny and well worth a watch, but the scenes in Venice, Florence, San Gimignano and Rome are really worth it. There is even a recreation of the scene at the Bocca della Verita where they mimic the scene from Roman Holiday when Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn tempt fate by putting their hands in his mouth. The strange thing I noticed about this scene is that, unlike in Roman Holiday, it was filmed in front of a plastic prop--not the real Bocca. I can really tell when I look at the details of the Bocca's face, lips and eyes. What a shame. In typical Hollywood fashion, perhaps they shot many of the scenes on a Hollywood stage set... but I assure you, the exterior scenes are shot in the actual Bel Paese.
Have fun with this one. I suggest a bottle or Prosecco, some casual pasta dish that you can eat from bowls while sitting on the couch, your lover by your side and some Baci chocolates for later in the evening...
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While browsing through Amazon Prime videos for a new (to us) movie to watch, we came upon this gem... Uncle Nino (2009), starring Joe Mantegna and Ann Archer and with a charming performance by Italian actor Pierrino Mascarino as long-lost uncle who stirs up their suburban lives with an unexpected visit. Trevor Morgan plays a rebellious, garage band obsessed son and the daughter is played by Gina Mantegna, Joe Mantegna's daughter in real life. It was the first time acting together for this father-daughter duo.
The story line is pretty basic: Overworked and driven executive husband and father, bored and loving wife and mother, son and father crossing each others' paths and never really connecting, and a daughter being overlooked in the mix. Enter Uncle Nino, the long lost Uncle from Italy who teaches the family about the simple things in life--good wine, gardening, making soulful music, enjoying the pleasures of a family pet, and good food.
In the end, the story is about Famiglia, love, respecting each others' needs, and connecting with our heritage. It's a great wholesome story that I recommend for all Italian-American families with kids.
It's rare that my son Lucas sits through an entire movie at home, but he just loved this one. You definitely enjoy this one. Order a pizza and have some wine when you watch it...