#100ItalyFacts on Instagram: day 77-83 [+ Rant about Venice]

Hi guys!

During this last week I have decided to publish a poll on twitter about Venice.Β 

Browsing the Internet, I have noticed how many tourists were kind of disappointed in The Serenissima: many claimed that it’s too expensive, others said it’s way too surreal and it doesn’t allow you to experience “the Italian way of life”.

So when I looked at the results and the comments, it didn’t surprise me the fact that the majority of people said it’s a tourist trap.

Sensing the general impression, some time ago I published the first post of (I hope) a prolific series aboutΒ Venice and how to look at it with different eyes.Β My desire is to encourage people to see the true experience behind the polished facade of Saint Mark’s square and the Rialto Bridge. This is also why this week I published two posts about Venice for the #100ItalyFacts challenge πŸ˜‰

If you want, let’s discuss in the comments about your experience in Venice and your general impression about it. Let me also know if you are interested in reading the series I was mentioning before or if you are truly done with this city XD

Enjoy the usual review, have a nice week!

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Vicenza’s Monte Berico, where Saints and troubles live together

Italy is often depicted as an ambiguous country and Vicenza is obviously no different. As we often say in here, β€œit has multiple lives as the cats” and polar opposite characteristics coexist without too much of a hassle.With this series of posts about Vicenza, I will try to underline the city’s β€œsplit personality”, by identifying the major paradoxes you can find in its layered territory.

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#100ItalyFacts on Instagram, days 63-69

Hey guys,

I hope you enjoyed these last festivities! I surely did with tons of food and with the company of friends and family πŸ˜‰ I even visited my friends in South Tyrol and we played the tourists for few days, so it was all really great!

During these last days, I have written about Epiphany, the last festive day of the “Christmas period”, and about Carnival, the period of the year in which all the social rules are supposed to be reversed!

I hope you enjoy, see you this week with the first entry about Vicenza 😘

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#100ItalyFacts on Instagram, days 49-55

The usual Sunday review was postponed on Monday, as yesterday was Christmas and it can be a very demanding day for Italians πŸ˜‚ I’m still trying to digest all the food I ate, it might take a bit to fully recover πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I hope you had a nice and relaxing Christmas day and I wish you all HAPPY HOLIDAYS!❀

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Travel philosophy

We are all nomads by heart and nature.

We spend our lives travelling and daydreaming about spectacular journeys around the globe. We take pictures and silly selfies in front of the Seven Wonders of the World. We despise inactivity and we are eager to discover new ways of life.

Then suddenly something happens.

Specific cultures may resonate with us more than others, but the ultimate discovery is that, after a first period in which we see all through rose-tinted glasses, we start to consider countries and places for what they truly are. Misleading. Fallacious. Human.

Travel changes our perspective and outlook on life. It makes us wiser, happier and even healthier. New countries and cultures let us discover parts of ourselves we didn’t even know and open our minds to new things. But at a certain point, travelling makes us reconsider our own countries.

At first we tend to see only the things our countries fail to do, but, little by little, their values also appear. Qualities we have always taken for granted.

We must be aware of our origins, in life and when travelling.

A traveller without roots is like a kite without a rope connecting it to the ground and that roams around the skies without a guidance or a direction.

Let’s discover our origins and our culture in order to take off and have a steady flight around the globe.

Stick around and check out the next blog posts to learn more about my roots and discover the beautiful Vicenza.

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#100ItalyFacts on Instagram: day 42-48

First of all, thank you guys for the amount of love I have been receiving for this series ❀ Even Italians have appreciated it, telling me it’s insightful and on point, and so I’m obviously relieved and happy as native people can be the harshest critics! Thank God, I have yet to enrage my compatriots πŸ˜‚

On Tuesday I decided to write a bit about Italian cafΓ¨s and their various “rules”. I have been reading around blogs some “rules”, which are not completely right and so I figured the pov of a native would have been useful.I completely get where they come from, but some clarifications needed to be done. Enjoy!

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#100ItalyFacts on Instagram: days 35-41

 

Hi guys,

here I am with the weekly Instagram review!

On Monday I wanted to focus my attention on the infamous Constitutional Referendum we had to vote for on Dec.4th and now I want to specify some things in here as well. I decided to dedicate an instagram post to it, mainly because of the things I was reading in foreign newspapers in the immediate aftermath. Let me make things clear: “No” was NOT a vote for the so-called “Italexit”. This Referendum had nothing to do with the EU. Sadly, some countries that are dealing with EU secessionist movements decided to write in their newspapers that this Italian “NO” was cumulative evidence of the fact that EU is failing and that people want to leave. Well, no. We surely have a few political parties that are proactively against the Union, but THISΒ  referendum was entirely an INTERNAL matter. People who voted “no” did that for mainly two reasons:

  • they did not agree on the constitutional reform that, among the other things, wanted to abolish the so-called “perfect bicameralism”;
  • they voted against PM Renzi and his domestic policy.

I won’t comment on voters and the final result, I just wanted to point out that there are false news that are spreading around.

I think that what happened is a valid and useful lesson for the future, though: don’t trust everything people say, let’s check multiple sources of information and develop a critic opinion before judging. This is valid for every aspect of our lives.

Thanks for the attention. Enjoy the review πŸ™‚

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