Italians going to the beach

Sitting on the bumpy, stony Sicilian beach I soak up the eccentric backdrop. This isn’t a beach; it is a rock mine, full of large pebbles, boulders and blocks of concrete dropped along the coast to create artificial barriers between the shoreline and the eroding sea. You can’t dive into the water without putting yourself…

The complexity of Italy’s cheating heart

  I often exchange stories with other expats about the Italians who have lied and cheated us with an ease and nonchalance which is both infuriating and puzzling. Not to say other countries don’t have problems with corruption as the world is rife, but in most Anglo-Saxon countries a politician or public servant or any…

Flamboyant Italians: Platinette

In contrast to the apparent ditziness of other activists/politicians like Cicciolina and Vladimir Luxuria Mauro Coruzzi alias Platinette has done a lot for LGBT rights, with a sober and persistant approach. Mauro Coruzzi gradually worked his way up the ranks after many years of work as a journalist, broadcaster and t.v personality. He has never…

Flamboyant Italians: Vladimir Luxuria

Vladimir Luxuria came into the popular Italian mainstream after she was elected into the European Parliament in 2006 as a member of the Communist Refoundation Party. Luxuria lives her life as a female, and she has not undergone sex-change surgery, she perceives herself to be neither male nor female. Vladimir has been active in the…

Flamboyant Italians: Cicciolina

I initially thought I’d title this post: A porno star, a transvestite and a drag queen: how mainstream Italy handles sex and transgender personalities, which sounded like it should be in an academic journal, not a blog. So I’m going to break it down into three parts to do justice to each of these characters.…

A basic guide to the San Remo Festival

The San Remo Italian song Festival is classic Italian television at its best wonderfully hyperactive, ostentatious, trashy and irrational all at the same time. This year the festival is in its sixty-fifth edition making it a dinosaur compared to the continually evolving landscape of the small screen. San Remo is always filled with controversy as…

Flamboyant Italians: Vittorio Sgarbi

Living in Italy is like being inside a terrible soap opera, it’s an emotive, quirky and spectacular place filled with controversies, corruption and paradoxes.Italy is a place of great beauty, creativity and unique experiences which can be overshadowed by equally abhorrent ugliness, criminality and hypocrisy. The Italian people themselves manifest these different traits.I have come across many…