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.…

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…