#15 Isola d’Elba – Departure

Time for leaving the Elba Island too. By the way, is it the largest among the small islands or the smallest among the great islands…?

I was afraid of its size, I was wondering whether I wound find out any insular spirit… I doubted, and I was wrong. For there was Tiziana Pisani who by complete chance wrote to me out of the blue in the very morning of my arrival and magic, coincidences started.

In the Elba Island there is Vincenzo Bono with his Terra e Cuore project: breeding of goats and production of cheese, ice cream (awesome!), saffron… born and raised in the region of Venice although with sicilian blood, he (and a great woman at his side) wandered through so many islands of the Mediterranean, including the tiny Othonoí (where incredibly I was too), before choosing or letting himself being chosen from Elba. A man that moved me.

There is, then, Umberto Segnini. This time I really don’t know what words to use. A spirit of a whole other category, traveler of islands of the world – but the Mediterranean wins anyway on the Pacific – whose ability to listen amazes and that of speaking, slow, exact, fascinates. The philosopher of the islands, who believes that all depends on the children and therefore takes them sailing around other islands with his awesome, very important, IsolaMondo project.

Then a great SCUBA dive (it was time!) with Domenica and Susanna from Marina di Campo Diving, helpful, kind, professional: it was full of small red coral branches!

And finally the music. Finally. The Ravanatèra – canzoniere d’isole who revist with a modern mood the traditional songs of the islands! The Islands!!! And La Compagnia Scapestrati, cheerful, big-hearted, friends.

What a pity once again to leave after only two days…

Posted on: 1.Jun.2018   Leave a comment

#11 Ischia – Departure

What should I say about Ischia… I leave bewitched by its people, its accent, its Bay of Cartaromana, its rough mountain and its agricultural land terracing still quite cultivated, mostly with grapes.

An incredible welcome it was, designed by the deus ex machina Luciana Morgera!
Thank you very much to Simone Verde for being the perfect guide with wisdom and kindness and for taking me through the traffic, alas, of the 70000 souls and 6 municipalities of the island.
To Nino from Ischia Corbaro Park, overflowing of energy and passion for its goats and guests who he cuddles with his delicious cuisine (to me he offered a couple of glasses of white wine and a goat ricotta tart at 10 in the morning!).
To the precious sisters Francesca Jantò Castagna and Martina Jantò Castagna, champions of reception and passion for Ischia from the top of the Paradise Relais Villa Jantò – Ischia, a true paradise created from the rubble of the 21st August, 2017 earthquake.
Thank you, Luciana Cervera, from the old and delicious Taverna Antonio Ischia, for the food, the wine, and the stories.
And then to the legendary, unreachable, unforgettable Cenzino Di Meglio (and to Laura, his future wife, who cooked me a proper and exquisite “Coniglio all’ischitana”), whose name is actually Pietro, whose good spirits with that campanian accent have bewitched me. And who moved me explaining me all about the Festa A Mare Negli Scogli Di Sant’anna, of which he is the artistic director. He is also the artistic director of the Teatro Polifunzionale Ischia, a reality deserving the deepest respect for the tenacity with which it was conceived and for the quality of the experimental projects that it carries on, necessary to defeat the talk/reality show shitty “culture” that sedate the youngest – and not only – generations. And thanks also to Enzo and Luigi from the theatre, who told me the details with so much light in their eyes.
And thanks very much to Francesco Buono from the Lega Navale Isola d’Ischia for the hospitality in the absurd and charming port of Ischia, a former volcanic lake suffering from high water like Venice, and for the chat inside a former wine bottling room.
Thank you too, one more time, Dario Della Vecchia for the most appreciated hospitality at Hotel Villa Maria*** – Ischia.
And finally Pasquale RaicaldoMiro Iacono and all those I’ve surely forgotten!

And now we turn the page, in this silent dawn, and the bow is pointed to Ventotene!


Posted on: 18.May.2018   Leave a comment