Arpino 2019/2020

As we all know, this year has been a challenging year for all people and places. But, for all the upheaval, we have still found times to sit back and enjoy all the positives that are around us.

This year was to be the 50th year of the amazing Gonfalone festival held in August which draws thousands of people annually. Arpino was also a strong contender for Italy’s city of culture but this has now been put back to next year 2021.

Although many things were affected, the spirit and close community spirit was not and the local town council ensured that the piazza remained as vibrant as possible, while adhering to the nessasry rules and regulations.

Below is a clip of a tribute to one of Italy’s musical heroes , Fabrizio De Andre, performed in Arpino’s beautiful piazza. He was known for his poetic lyrics and folk music which covered a range of topics. Nights like these are a first class reason why Arpino should be Italy’s city of culture 2021!

Previously, I was very fortunate to meet one of Arpino’s great artists, Carlo Fantnauzzi, who was exhibiting his work. Mr Fantauzzi has showcased his works all over the world.

Born in Arpino in 1950, his career was established as a self taught artist where he sold paintings in Navona Square in Rome. Winning many competitions his work became published and reviewed in magazines and books in Italy and overseas.

Carlo Fantauzzi and I

As always thanks for checking in on the journey and if you haven’t made it to Arpino, it should be one of your trips for 2021!

Until next time, ciao!

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