Island People – Vulcano – Eugenio Viviani

 

I didn’t know what to expect from Vulcano. It had never attracted me, unlike the other Aeolian Islands, until I chatted on the phone with Eugenio, who welcomed me with such a rare and unexpected enthusiasm.

This Sicilian man found out one day that his love was sea-kayaking. He did a tour of Sicily with his minor islands, alone of course, then Sardinia, Corsica, Peloponnese, Crete, Dalmatia, until he left everything and settled in Vulcano where he founded the kayaking school Sicily in Kayak that is today internationally acclaimed: http://www.sicilyinkayak.com/home_eng.php

A visionary man animated by a strong passion – who knows why this rings a bell…

Alright, I’ll have you give Maribelle a spin and you take me for a ride on one of your kayaks. And then, perhaps while we circumnavigate Vulcano, we talk about traveling alone. Deal done?

Posted on: 12.Mar.2018   Leave a comment

Island people – Marettimo – Davide Di Franco, Diletta Giannola

Guess what, I am not gonna go diving a little bit during my trip through such crazy places? And what’s better than doing it with people who actually chose the Island, leaving back a whole life to devote themselves to the Island?

Let me introduce you Davide Di Franco and Diletta Giannola, owners of Blu Tek Diving – Marettimo. Both form Palermo, him always fond of scuba diving, her former dancer of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, a few years ago they decided to bet everything on their passion and love, mutual and for the sea. They chose Marettimo – unquestionably in the top 3, I dare say, of best diving destinations in Italy (and in the Mediterranean) for its underwater caves and unbelievable sceneries -, boat an old fishing boat named “El Merendero”, and the dream has come true. They even got married in Marettimo!

I can’t wait. Above and under water, take me discovering your island’s pearls of beauty…

Posted on: 22.Feb.2018   Leave a comment

Island People – Lipari – Loredana Salzano

This time, I really don’t know where to begin. Loredana is crazy!!! She answered enthusiastically as I contacted her for 33 Isole, and she guaranteed an authentic Lipari experience upon my arrival. I will go mad trying to keep her pace!

Look how she describes herself:
Multifaceted artist with a volcanic talent, she was born under the Vesuvius and moved to Lipari, where she has been living for over 10 years and owns a gallery/shop. Creative at 360°, she realizes material canvases, dreamlike watercolors, artistic ceramics, informal paintings, sculptures and jewelry with materials recovered especially from the sea.
She writes poetry and publishes a collection of poems entitled “Feral Islands.” Volcanoes are her main source of inspiration (hence the name “Our Volcanoes’ Lady”) leading to an ironic-poetic mix, suspended between art, thought and design.
From engaged canvases or extremely contemporary conceptual installations, she switches with the same enthusiasm to easy, funny, and original design pieces, centered around the theme Alice Attònita, that is, *”the only primordial Alice with contemporary troubles”, a character/message that becomes the expression of the human dichotomy between contemporariness and need to return to a “wonderfully simple” life.

Loreda’, I’m coming!

Posted on: 20.Jan.2018   Leave a comment

Island People – Lipari – Sara Basile

Lipari is a large and busy sicilian island (see Nanni Moretti’s movie Caro Diario, a masterpiece…). Before “knowing” Sara, in my imagination it was maybe the least interesting among the Aeolian Islands. After Sara and her volcanic enthusiasm, it suddenly seems the most alive!

Sara is a “picciotta” (sicilian for young girl), with a great passion for cinema, literature and the politics “of doing”! She lives in Lipari even in winter and organizes loads of cultural activities, despite some difficulties.
“It’s hard to implement the bases of a Community!!”, says she.
Se has been a political activist since she was 14, and she realized 3 short films with a friend which participated to the Salina Doc Fest (a short film festival that will be addressed here soon…) and at the Centro Studi Eoliano. Among other things, she currently proposes a film forum (last year dedicated to Federico Fellini, this year on the theme of the exile in the islands – #SenzaLimitieConfini).
She never stops!

See you late-April in Lipari, Sara!

Posted on: 5.Jan.2018   Leave a comment