Photo by Artur Dancs

Crema – “So what does one do around here?”

“Wait for the summer to end” ?!…. Definitely not. Crema is enchanting anytime but if one wants to see it in its splendor, would need to visit in the summer. The sundrenched piazzettas in the morning crisp with the intense smell of the espressos infusing the morning air from the open doors of the coffee shops. The tiny and crooked alleys, the cobblestone streets telling … Continue reading Crema – “So what does one do around here?”

Elio & Oliver at Provincia newsstand in Crema

Crema – ” I just wanted to be with you”

In Piazza Duomo there’s the newsstand, edicola how they call it, La Provincia. After their first night together and the morning swim in the Laghetto dei Riflessi, Elio follows Oliver to the town. He arrives rolling in on his bike from Piazza Duomo having the great background of the now municipal buildings: Torre Pretoria and Palazzo Vescovile, also the beautiful arcades across the dome. Just … Continue reading Crema – ” I just wanted to be with you”

Photo by Artur Dancs

Moscazzano – beyond the villa

My visits to Moscazzano were not only about the Villa Albergoni. I enjoyed spending some time with the young mayor of the commune, Gianluca Savoldi who told me about his love for his hometown and the history of the place. He proudly mentioned the name of the famous Italian engineer, Arturo Caprotti who was born in Moscazzano in 1881. In 1921 the first steam locomotive … Continue reading Moscazzano – beyond the villa

Piave Memoriale

Pandino – the confession at the Piave Memoriale

It’s obvious that following Elio and Oliver to Pandino the first thing will be to take a selfie with the Piave Memoriale. … and a quick shot of the piazzetta where we’ve seen Oliver entering the tabaccheria for some Gauloises Blondes… Half-way between Crema and Milano, Pandino offers the typical Italian small-town charm to its visitors. The Visconteo Castle and the Santa Margherita church are … Continue reading Pandino – the confession at the Piave Memoriale

Fontanile Quarantina

Fontanile Quarantina – “This is my spot”

If Elio would take us today to his secret spot, we would ride the bike along this dirt road from Capralba to Fontanile Quarantina: Once we leave our bikes in the shade of trees the little clearwater pond reveals itself to us surrounded by the embrace of the cove: And here are the witnesses of the first kiss, the grass, the cicadas and the sun … Continue reading Fontanile Quarantina – “This is my spot”