WordCamp Milano 2016 is over! [Pics inside]

It’s the day after WordCamp Milano, and I can’t be more proud of the Italian WordPress community growing so fast and healthy.WordCamp Milano, WCMIL, WordPress community, Stef Mattana, Giustino Borzacchiello


It’s been a crazy ride. All the organisers were kind of first-timers so they had to face a lot of troubles, going out of their comfort zone and wrangle the event. And eventually they made it! W00t!

After all, everything went through okay and people loved the conference, the talks, the vibes.

WCMilano 2016 - Organizers

WCMilano 2016 - Organizers

More photos of the conference and the Contributor Day can be found in Maurizio Melandri‘s Flickr account as well as Mauricio Gelves! Here are the URLs:

WordCamp Milano Contributor Day by Mauricio Gelves

Organiser’s pics by Mauricio Gelves

WordCamp Milano Album by Maurizio Melandri

Track 1 by Mauricio Gelves

– More WordCamp Milano photos by Mauricio Gelves

Thanks everyone who’s making this happen every day with love, passion and constance. 👏🙌🏻🇮🇹

Taken at Università Milano Bicocca

More stories and pics on my Instagram account too!

My Toronto and Canada trip takeaways

Last September I’ve been in Canada for two weeks. It’s been such an exciting trip! I spent one week in Whistler, British Columbia, for the Automattic annual company meet up, and then one week in Toronto to visit the city and spend some quality time with some of my husband’s family members.

My toronto and canada trip

My Toronto photo gallery

Everyone has a different perception of a city when visiting it. I’d like to share the takeaways and my personal view of Toronto and Canada with you. My Toronto is a colourful, multicultural and vibrant city full of sport, live music and things to do. I’m pretty sure that reflects some of the many souls a metropolis like Toronto may have.

Below you will find the takeaways about my Toronto and Canada trip, but first here’s the Toronto and beyond photo gallery!

[spoiler alert: if you scroll down, there’s also a tiny photo gallery with Whistler’s pics. you can find the rest of them here]

And here are my Toronto’s takeaways:

  • People don’t lift their feet up from the ground when walking, but they trail them, creating a noise I hate big time. Looks like a trend in Toronto!
  • The food at the CN Tower restaurant is actually very good. As a tourist place, you would think of food being okay at max, instead it’s really good.
  • My Toronto is all about food. Perhaps it’s the Italian and Portuguese influence, but you can find a good place where to eat at every corner of the streets, and food is amazing almost everywhere.
  • We’ve got the drinking department covered as well. The local brewery makes an excellent beer, and near Niagara Falls we found a top-notch liquor distillery.
  • Discovering a new city with the family is the best. Franz has some relatives in Toronto, and I loved hanging out with them.
  • I’ve never heard so many languages being spoken at the same time, in the same place. Not even on a London Tube.
  • Lake Ontario is actually big. It’s like 1/3 of Italy! It’s so huge that indeed looks like a proper sea. You can smell the saltiness too!
  • Even if it’s a big metropolis, my Toronto is far from being an overwhelming city. If it wasn’t for the poor winters (under 20C it’s freaking freezing for me), I’d move there right away.
  • Niagara Falls are possibly the most amazing, exciting and breath-taking experience and thing in nature I will see in my whole life. When I was on the boat, staring at them from the bottom, I really felt I was losing my breath. These falls have been there, moving waters and making that noise, for nearly 12 thousands years. You feel reeeeeeeally small in front of them.
  • Whether you like arts or not, you must pay a visit to Toronto’s AGO – Art Gallery of Ontario.
  • Whether you like sports or not, you must visit the Air Canada Centre.

And now, more Canada pics!

Many pictures you can see in the photo galleries above are also in my Instagram account. If you don’t follow me there, you might have lost many funny moments I experience at Whistler and Toronto, since the Instagram stories last only 24 hours.

Top line is: follow me on Instagram!

Le Nozze Rosse su Amazon – una storia medievale con Raffaello Sanzio

Ho pubblicato un nuovo racconto breve, e stavolta è in italiano!
Si tratta della storia medievale “Le Nozze Rosse“, disponibile per Kindle su Amazon Store in tutto il mondo.

Vi presento “Le Nozze Rosse”

Prima di tutto, un po’ di sinossi, tanto per introdurre in generale il racconto:

storia medievale le nozze rosse con raffaello sanzio“Non puoi dare vita a un quadro se non conosci chi è morto per quello.”

Tradimenti, vendette e complotti tra casate rivali non sono nulla in confronto al sangue versato quando le lotte per il potere sono intra familiari. Ne sa qualcosa Donna Atalanta di Perugia, che nel 1500 ha commissionato la famosa Pala Baglioni a un giovane pittore di nome Raffaello Sanzio.

Il dietro le quinte della celebre Deposizione Borghese, ora ospitata nella villa omonima in Roma, viene raccontata da una voce particolare che affianca Raffaello durante la composizione dell’opera d’arte. Ciò che è successo nelle famigerate Nozze Rosse di Perugia è la sanguinosa genesi di questo magnifico dipinto.

Le Nozze Rosse è una breve storia d’arte che ha come protagonista la città alter ego di Tursenia, dove sono ambientati i gialli e i racconti polizieschi di Chase Williams. Un tuffo nella pittura e nella narrativa storica, con un pizzico di mistero.

Il particolare punto di vista de Le Nozze Rosse

In questo racconto breve mi sono cimentata con una particolare voce narrante, che non è la solita terza persona onnisciente a cui mi affido spesso.
Questa volta, il narratore – o meglio, la narratrice – è la stessa pala che Raffaello dipinge mentre la storia si sviluppa e spiega le motivazioni per cui la nobildonna Atalanta Baglioni ha chiesto a Raffaello Sanzio di creare l’opera d’arte.

Non abbandonando totalmente la mia vena di giallista, lo stesso ‘dietro le quinte’ della pala ha molti elementi di giallo, mistero e suspense, giusto per rimanere in linea con i libri polizieschi di Chase Williams.

Tursenia e Chase nella mia storia medievale

Non poteva mancare un cammeo di Chase ne Le Nozze Rosse, anche per dare un senso di continuità a un racconto che per ora non ha nessun seguito – ma sto pensando di scriverne altri sulla storia di Tursenia.
E infatti, visto che la città di Tursenia è uno dei cuori pulsanti delle storie di giallo e mistero di Chase Williams, ho deciso di raccontare proprio un fatto che è accaduto nel luogo fisico più vicino al borgo medievale che nella fiction ho chiamato Tursenia e che, per l’appunto, esiste davvero e ha una storia ultra millenaria!

Cosa dicono i lettori de Le Nozze Rosse

Per ora dicono tutti cose buone! Nella scheda prodotto sul mio sito potete trovare qualche stralcio di recensione estrapolata da Amazon. Qualcuno ha già chiesto la traduzione in inglese, e ci sto lavorando su.

Le Nozze Rosse aspetta i lettori appassionati di arte, lettura e pittura di tutto il mondo su Amazon. 

Happy Hungry Pinner 😁🍕 Best pizza in London!

This is a classic picture of myself – eating. In details, eating pizza. One of the normal pair I like having per meal.

Happy Hungry Pinner 😁🍕#pizza #iifym #acarbslife 🇮🇹 #carbsforlife

Happy Hungry Pinner! 😁🍕#pizza #iifym #acarbslife 🇮🇹 #carbsforlife

Here’s how I captioned the picture in Instagram. Would you caption it differently, maybe?
Look at my face.

Taken at Franco Manca East Dulwich, London
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Visited Hopper exhibition in Bologna

My mother, my sister and I were talking about sorting out a holiday in New York City, when I told them that one of the things I’d like to see in NYC is the Hopper’s museum.

By saying that I recalled that I never posted here the picture I took inside a Hopper’s paint when I visited the Hopper exhibition in Bologna back last July. I was off from WordCamp Europe, so I took a little detour from Austria to Italy on my way back to the UK.

Visited Hopper exhibition in Bologna. I love #Hopper and I got moved by the beauty of his art. Worth travelling here, and Bologna is a lovely city! By the way, this is me embedded in a famous Hopper picture!

I love Hopper a lot, and I found this Hopper exhibition really good.
I got moved by the beauty of his art. It was really worth travelling there, even because I managed to hang out with my sister and mother for a couple of days.
On top of this, Bologna is a lovely city!

In the picture above there’s me embedded in a famous Hopper’s picture! I look nice in there, don’t I?

Taken at Palazzo Fava, Bologna, Italy
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