A Summer Weekend in Friuli
And so this weekend starts in the beautiful Villa Manin in the flat land of Friuli. Today we're going to a great concert: Bombino and Adriano Viterbini. One of the two artists is Italian from Rome and the other one he's from North Africa. Both artists I know already,
I've seen many concerts, but it's always great to see them. Also the context... I'm here with my sister and brother. The context is amazing I'm gonna show you in a moment. Excuse me, can you tell me how beautiful this is? Also by the way just a little detail: this is a public space. Like this Villa is property of the Region Friuli Venezia-Giulia so it's a public space. It's a free entrance for everyone every single day.
This is almost 10 o'clock and as you can see it's still bright which I love. If you go more to Southern latitudes you cannot see that. It's like at nine o'clock in the evening it's already dark in the summer, which is.. it's weird for me because I grew up here so I love this bright summer nights.
It's so pretty, it's so pretty. This is like a gorgeous swimming pool! Good morning beautiful people! It is Sunday, Sunday morning and I'm already halfway through my path to... it is one of those many abandoned places here, abandoned villages here in this area, especially after the earthquake of 1976 many of these villages were completely abandoned and since quite a few years there is a party, festival, how would you call it? Festa in Italian. So today
I'm going there just for a couple of hours for lunch. I know one of my childhood friends he invited me because he was going there with other friends so I'm gonna meet him, have lunch and then go down again. It's one and a half hour hike to get to this place. There is no road to get there, so you have to walk or there is the the helicopter for handicapped people. I just left the portion of the hike that is along the river - or torrent, I believe this is a torrent - and now I'm going. It's going to be a little bit more steep so I'm going to stop talking now and breathe. this part is very steep oh my god there's a whole village here I swear we are in the middle of nothing and this path is the only way to get here outside of helicopter. You can already hear voices and music
See, this was where people used to wash their clothes. My grandma used to do the same. You scratch here and then you rinse. so I had to run away because... well I'm still finishing my second wine but I have to run
away because I didn't tell you that tonight I'm going to go back to Codroipo to another concert, so I'm in a rush. okay this was crazy: this is Friulan hospitality. This was a random home of random people that i've never seen before. They just... I ask one
question, I asked: do you live here or it's a you know vacation, what what about this town is it inhabited or not? And two glasses of wine lots of chats and a huge plate of pasta later... This is my friend we were in elementary school together and in kindergarten together and middle school together and he was the one who invited me here. I found him for the last 10 minutes of me staying here but now I have to go so... I must say: aside the fact that this place is so incredibly beautiful and peaceful and it just makes you feel good really... my soul is healing so quickly after one and a half year in New York here, it's incredible. Also the people from here, which by the way this place is inhabited in uninhabited nobody lives here here all year around but there are very active guests who have second houses here, and they make you feel so welcomed. I must say you have to be a bit careful with Friulans because they are very aloof at the beginning when they meet you first, but then if you give them time to open up they become so welcoming and so hospitable that it's really hard to leave them. Now I'm going down I have
to rush down because I have very very short time to go back down to the flatlands and then go to Villa Manin where I was yesterday evening, because there is another amazing concert tonight. Hello again, it's Sunday night and the concerts are over and I think we're gonna party at the osteria now. So it's nine o'clock as you can see it's still so bright which I already said I love and yeah we're going to have some food and some more drinks - because we drink a lot here in Friuli - and we're going to just be together, party. The message I want to spread with this video is Are you still gonna tell me that there is nothing to do in a place in the country, or in the mountains, or - you know - a place that is not close to the big cities, like Friuli? Because Friulans complain all the time about the fact that here is so boring there's nothing to do and they all want to go to the big cities because here it's just not stimulating enough. And I was one of them honestly I was just influenced by everyone else, but this was just a random, truly random weekend during the summer in Friuli.
And to be honest I rejected a couple of more invitations for this weekend for other events because I had too many events to attend that I I could not, I I literally didn't have half an hour to rest this weekend. Please people reevaluate Friuli. Life can be fun in places out of big cities too. It's usually even more fun if you want my honest opinion. That's all from Villa Manin, Passariano, Friuli. I'll see you in my next video. Bye.