Dreaming of more Rome strolling in the spirit of Audrey Hepburn

I visited Rome two days in pre-spring, vivid, charming and fresh as ever, embracing the rinascimento season with its timeless flavors & perfumes, its warm gazes full of profoundly rooted  joie de vivre and gestures loaded with centuries of savoir faire. I put on the timeless and comfortable ballerina shoes of Audrey Hepburn (the style of shoes she loved to wear), ideal for tippling quietly yet elegantly through one of the city’s most characteristic neighborhoods, Trastevere, tasting, observing and odouring its magic, its genuineness, its passion for life and the beauty that lies in the little things. Accompanied as before by beautiful Berta. Let’s dream together of Rome and try to imagine the sensations produced by its numerous flavors, perfumes and colors. Rome is resting now like all Italy, resting and fighting like all Italy in order to make this beautiful spring continue, more vivid and colorful than ever before.

 

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To Rome & Audrey with Love + slow travel tips

There are few things more romantic that I can think of than Rome in spring, or should I say breathlessly charming? Observing Flora’s season exploding with its million colors and perfumes into the timelessness of the city is somewhat unique.
When I think of Rome, and when I go there, my spirit automatically travels back at least to the mid fifties and sixties when Audrey Hepburn had already left her inimitable footprints in the eternal city, first with Vacanze Romane (1955),
and later living there for many years. Celebrating International Women’s Day by getting into her beloved ballerina shoes and tap through her most dear Trastevere neighborhood in the company of the border collie Berta and photographer Danilo Mecozzi.

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Getting to Varenna

 

Como Lake is really a world of its own, and discovering it bit by bit is an extremely rewarding experience. It’s also a great lesson in learning how many treasures and endless beautiful surprises you can discover, without covering too many kilometers. The lake’s spectacular three-armed shape, mountainy surroundings and history unite in making the lake a really adventurous place, a timeless place, a natural paradise, where the atmosphere could be described as a mixture of an eternal “Belle Epoque”.

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I Love Paris

I love Paris in the Springtime
I love Paris in the Fall
I love Paris in the Winter when it drizzles
I love Paris in the Summer when it sizzles

And so goes the first part of the lyrics of Cole Porter’s love song for Paris, I Love Paris of which he wrote the music as well as the lyrics. Who doesn’t fall in love with Paris? I couldn’t agree more with Cole Porter, as well as Audrey Hepburn’s classic line from Billy Wilder’s film “Sabrina” (1954), when she says: “Paris is always a good idea”.

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Monet and the colors of the riviera

Claude Monet, the grand French Impressionist, master of color, light and shadow, could not omit the magical Flower Riviera in his Life Work. Until 31th of July an intimate and very special exhibition, Monet in Riviera, pays tribute to the great honor given by the Monet to the territory of Dolceacqua, Bordighera and its surroundings. Three paintings from Monet’s Riviera spring in 1884 are now gathered for the first time where they were painted 135 years ago: Two at the Dolceacqua’s Doria Castle and the third at the Villa Regina Margherita in Bordighera. Before embarking on his Riviera Journey, Monet said: “I have the impression I will do wonderful things”. And he surely did.

 

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Jazz & design from women’s point of view at Antico Monastero, Lu Monferrato

Profumo di donne (Scent of Women) is the title of my concert in quartet in the courtyard of the Antico Monastero restaurant, Palazzo Paleologi Relais Lu Monferrato on the 4th of July at 8.30 p.m..
The great Giulia Malaspina on piano and Marilena Montarone on the bass, and  we will have a special guest, Gianluca Fiorentino on the drums……. to maintain Yin. & Yang balance.
The women musicians are be wearing the design of Cinzia Sassone and Atelier Isadora.

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Documenting self intimacy

Photographer Steve McCurry has documented all aspects of human life; times of happiness, terror, sadness. All the colors of of the human soul live in the great artistry of the master of vivid colors, light and composition. At Palazzo Madama, Torino until 1st july, the Exhibiton, Leggere (reading), dedicated to one of the most beautiful, nourishing and intimate act of a person: reading.

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Elements of Iceland

Icelandic, strong, tolerant people, shaped by the elements of nature. A nation that has oriented itself to be able to live in the legendary “Ultima Thule” – land of northern elephants and divinities. Living there without being overwhelmed by it and renouncing its natural supremacy. People, used to dealing with the surreal glows of the skies inflamed by the Northern lights (aurora borealis), floods, sandstorms, volcanoes, earthquakes; with a mighty Nature, mistress.

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