• Julia Sumzina

Samuel Cimma, Lorenzo Carriero, Guglielmo Tortarolo, Gaia Andreanó, Davide Loricchio about Italy.

We’re going on with La Notte Italian Season interviewing Italian people about their opinion and tastes. So, let’s look at the next 5 beautiful people who have told us about their vision of Italy.


Samuel Cimma



Samuel Cimma, a photographer and an intellectual person with creative mind has shared his view of Italy.


Where were you born?

I was born at foot of Mount Rosa, between Milan and Turin, in North Italy. A bucolic place.


Let’s try to describe Italy in three words...

That's difficult, but when I think about Italy I can hear its sound, its art and, obviously food!


The most important thing for an Italian is...

I think family and friends.


What is the best thing in Italy?

As a student of History of Art, the fine arts, that totalizers my whole life.


And the worst one?

Maybe the total blindness to the real problems.


The Italian people are...

Two-faced Janus, kind but also arrogant at the same time.


Your favorite place in Italy?

Venice, the city where I live now.


Your favorite Italian food?

Pasta of course, in every way possible.


And drink?

Still white wine, please.


What do you think about Italian cinema?

It has been great in the past, then collapsed on itself with vulgar comedy, and now it seems to be reborn.


And music?

I'm totally in love with old Italian music. My muses are Ornella Vanoni and Mina.


What is, for you, the best Italian tradition?

The best thing in Italy is conviviality in any occasion, even small events seems like the greatest festivity.


Photos: DI TRAVERSO



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Lorenzo Carriero


We talked with Lorenzo Carriero, a young ballet dancer, a student of BMICA Munich International ballet school. Lorenzo shows us Italy through his eyes♥️


Where were you born?

I was born in Pisa, Tuscany


Let’s try to describe Italy in three words...

Warm, art, home.


The most important thing for an Italian is...

Staying together with friends and family. And coffee, of course!


What is the best thing in Italy?

I personally think the artistic heritage. It's one of the richest, finest and varied in the world, sadly one of the worst maintained, too. Also the language!


And the worst one?

Not investing in the nation's potential. There are too many wasted talents (in every fields).


The Italian people are...

Varied. Depending on where you go you can find really welcoming, good-hearted people as well as cold and not really friendly ones. There are still a lot of close minded people, but I am confident in the future generations.


Your favorite place in Italy?

I'd say Home. I really like Tuscany, but every time I visit a new city I am truly amazed by the beauty of our nation.


Your favorite Italian food?

Anything made with fresh and good ingredients. I love the "staying together" aspect of Italy while enjoying a good dish rather than what we eat by itself. I must admit my taste changed a lot during the years and I am no longer a true Italian when it comes to food.


And drink?

Espresso, Cappuccino and Latte Macchiato. Anything that involves coffee is good for me!


What do you think about Italian cinema?

I am not really into it. Romeo and Juliet by Zeffirelli is probably the only Italian movie I truly loved.


And music?

You need to know where to look for the good one. Italians always had music in their blood and their language but sometimes I feel like they forget how to translate that feeling into melody.


What is, for you, the best Italian tradition?

We have tons of lost and not-known traditions. I'd say the "Luminara" in Pisa. Little candles inside a glass called "lumini" burn and reflect on the river. It's a magical night.


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Guglielmo Tortarolo


Guglielmo is from Celle Ligure, he studies Chemical Economics and loves the atmosphere of Italian seaside, he also talked with us about Italy through his eyes.


Where were you born?

I was born in Savona, a town next to the sea.


Let’s try to describe Italy in three words…

Italy in three word is pretty simple.. food, landscapes and emotions.


The most important thing for an Italian is…

Most important thing for an Italian could be many things, but other than Mamma (that is always in first place) I would say coffee. Not just the drink, but all that world that revolves around it: you go and get a coffee with friend to chat a bit, to spend some time, to work.


What is the best thing in Italy?

The best thing in Italy is the diversity of subcultures that you can find by moving in the territory. Every region has traditional food, costumes, dialects and so on.


And the worst one?

The worst part is definitely Italians not following rules.


The Italian people are…

Italian people are loud, hard workers, lovers.. great people to be around!


Your favorite place in Italy?

I have many favorite places in Italy, as I said before there is so much diversity. My hometown, Celle Ligure, is a small village and is simply amazing with colorful houses and fishermen on the beach.


Your favorite Italian food?

Hard choice..! Depends who’s cooking but I couldn’t live without pasta, of any kind.


And drink?

I drink pretty much everything even if I’m not an alcoholic yet. Spritz is surely a drink I could go on all day long, white wine as well. If I don’t want alcohol I would say chinotto, typical of my region.


What do you think about Italian cinema?

Italian movies are not my favorites but I enjoy watching them with my family in the evening


And music?

Italian music, especially old music, is pure poetry. I started to listen it in the last year and fell madly in love. Try some Mina and tell me if you can stop listening!


What is, for you, the best Italian tradition?

The best Italian “tradition” is to have churches with bells in every corner. It always makes me feel home.


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Gaia Andreanó


We have talked with charming Gaia Andreanó, a ballerina at La Scala Theatre about Italy from her point of view.


Where were you born?

I was born in Palermo, Sicily.


Let’s try to describe Italy in three words…

cozy, romantic and beautiful, the place of dreams.


The most important thing for an Italian is…

To eat and live well.


What is the best thing in Italy?

Every place in Italy has its own particularities from food to landscapes.


And the worst one?

A negative aspect though is that Italy is not very organized.


The Italian people are…

Warm and passionate.


Your favorite place in Italy?

My favorite place is where i was born: Sicily. Palermo, my city, is a beautiful place surrounded by the sea so you can imagine how beautiful the sceneries and colours are!


Your favorite Italian food?

Pizza, pasta and fish. Specially in Palermo you can get the local fish dishes accompanied by good wines... delicious!


What do you think about Italian cinema?

I don't watch Italian cinema much today but some old historical movies are wonderful.


And music?

Italian music has various genres, I specifically like pop and rock. some of my favorites of the old school are Vasco Rossi, Loredana Berté , Pooh and also Tiziano Ferro , Ligabue ,Laura Pausini.


What is, for you, the best Italian tradition?

For me one of the most beautiful Italian tradition is what we call "sagre": a lot of cities have popular festivals where you eat and celebrate typical local products singing and dancing.


Photo: Angelo Contorno


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Davide Loricchio


Davide Loricchio, the dancer of Mikhailovsky ballet has told us about himself and his love to Italy.


Where were you born?

I was born in Bergamo, little city in northern Italy.


Let’s try to describe Italy in three words...

Historic, delicious and romantic.


The most important thing for an Italian is...

Definitely family.


What is the best thing in Italy?

Including most of the cities, I would say the food.


And the worst one?

Banks during summer, its full of people and the wait lasts forever

The Italian people are... very loud !!!


Your favorite place in Italy?

Calabria, its where I spend most of the summers.


Your favorite Italian food?

Ravioli ripieni.


And drink?

I love to have aperitivo spritz with friends at sunset times during summer, that’s the thing I miss the most!


What do you think about Italian cinema?

There are quite some funny movies that I watched in my childhood, but I’m more into American.


And music?

I would say the same, they are not bad but I listen more American songs.


What is, for you, the best Italian tradition?

Cooking the “cuddruriaddri” is one of te most popular Calabrian traditions during the Christmas period.



Interviews: Julia Sumzina

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