Saudade and Identity

Saudade is a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves.source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudade Portuguese is a language known for its intrinsic musicality (Important update: my friend Matteo pointed out to me that this it true for Brazilian variant only). When you listen to a person speaking … Continue reading Saudade and Identity

Italienischer Militärinternierter (Italian Military Internee) — Part II

On September 1st, I received a message from Paul[1], an Italian-Canadian man who came across my blog while googling around to search for information about the history of his father. During his research, Paul found my article about the imprisonment of my maternal grandfather in the middle of WWII. Like my grandfather, Paul's father was … Continue reading Italienischer Militärinternierter (Italian Military Internee) — Part II

An Imaginary Trip to the USA — Chapter I: Introduction

Throughout the years, I have had the chance to meet several American people in person or online, with whom I have had numerous conversations. Often, we have talked about our respective countries because this has been one of the topics we have been interested in. We have usually asked each other a lot of questions … Continue reading An Imaginary Trip to the USA — Chapter I: Introduction

Fascism Disguised as Oligarchic Democracy

At the beginning of May, I attended a conference in the wonderful town of Sacile. It was hosted by Professor Antonio Soligon, a retired teacher and writer who loves the city of Venice intensely. He talked about the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, a historical building that the oma.eu website describes like this: First constructed in 1228, … Continue reading Fascism Disguised as Oligarchic Democracy

Italienischer Militärinternierter (Italian Military Internee)

In the spring of 2015, my cousin's wife accidentally found in an old chest of drawers some things which belonged to my maternal grandfather. These items refer to the period of time in which he fought in the World War II. The following image, for example, shows the document with which the Italian government gave … Continue reading Italienischer Militärinternierter (Italian Military Internee)

The heritage of the Republic of Venice (Serenìsima Repùblica Vèneta)

There is no doubt about the fact that Venice is one of the most famous cities in the world. It is known for its peculiar structure, the absence of regular streets replaced by water canals, the magnificence of its historical buildings, etc. However, it should be known for its outstanding republican history as well. The … Continue reading The heritage of the Republic of Venice (Serenìsima Repùblica Vèneta)