Thursday 12 July 2007

Italian Days: "Nel blu dipinto di blu"

Lungomare (boardwalk)

Trani, Apulia

Margherita di Savoia

Peschiera del Garda, Lake Garda

Wind Surfers. Riva del Garda
Lake Garda, Northern Italy

Vieste, Gargano
Apulia Region, Southern Italy

Nel blu dipinto di blu

Penso che un sogno così non ritorni mai più
Mi dipingevo le mani e la faccia di blu
Poi d'improvviso venivo dal vento rapito
E incominciavo a volare nel cielo infinito

Volare, oh oh...
Cantare, ohohoho...
Nel blu dipinto di blu
Felice di stare lassù

E volavo, volavo felice
Più in alto del sole ed ancora più su
Mentre il mondo pian piano spariva, lontano laggiù
Una musica dolce suonava soltanto per me

Blue painted in the blue

I think such a dream will never come back
I painted my hands and my face blue
Then suddenly I was ravished by the wind
And I started flying in the infinite sky

Flying, oh oh...
Singing, ohohoho...
Blue painted in the blue
Happy to be up there

And I was flying, flying happily
Higher than the sun and even higher
While the world was slowly disappearing, far beneath
A soft music was playing just for me

Quoted from Diggiloo Thrush
(Eurovision lyrics and translations).


Nel blue dipinto di blue,
("Dans le bleu du ciel bleu", also known as "Volare"),
is one of the first Italian songs I remember hearing.
The original version
by Domenico Modugno is still my favorite.


  1. ehi ... ma te ne sei andata in giro dal nord al sud della italica penisola !!! vedo una puglia bellissima. spero che tu sia stata bene se non magnificamente.
    Io invece ancora a lavorare per un po'.
    Poi una settimana in provenza dal 21 luglio e ad agosto ancora sud italia - calabria - eden di capo rizzuto !! passando però per matera a conoscere i suoi "sassi"

  2. same here re volare...and my parents dancing...thanks for the trip down memory lane! and the lovely pictures

  3. Wow, Merisi! What a wonderful trip!
    Che piacere!

  4. Oooohhh...
    so worth the wait of your return!

    i am speechless,
    well, least!

    your photos are amazing
    now there are even MORE places
    i have to visit!

    you must have had such a perfect time...


  5. I trust that your trip was a blast? It looked great from the pics. I really like the ones of Lake Garda. I've never windsurfed before, but what a way to do it with the mountains as a backdrop!

  6. Luc:
    Si, dal nord al sud ed era davvero un viaggio magnifico e ho visto posti splendidi. Conosco l'Apulia bene, anche grazie al Convegno della Magna Grecia di Taranto. E' una della mie regioni preferiti.

    Tanti auguri di buone vacanze! Spero di vedere delle imagini sul tuo blog.

    You are welcome!
    Small world of music, isn't it?

    Yes, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful ...
    Who sings that again???

    Thank you! :-)

    Yes, the trip was a blast, so much so that I'd love to leave again right now. :-) And yes, Lake Garda is a truly magnificent place to do windsurfing.

  7. How bright, bluely gorgeous! I'm amazed at how much the terrain differs in different parts of Italy.

    Lovely, lovely...

  8. I'm not sure it's a song. It was my Italian contribution to a wonderful holiday.
    "Quel plaisir!"

  9. I do enjoy your theme "photo essays!"

  10. I love all these scrumptious photos featuring lots of blue! It all looks so lovely and peaceful.

  11. Wow! These photographs really stir my memories... I always love visiting here. You make my heart ache in wanderlust to return to Europe! :)

  12. tlc illustration;
    Yes, the variety of land- and seascapes is amazing. I love the South the most, ever since I went to the first Magna Grecia Convention in Taranto.

    Merci for the plaisir. :-)
    It's a song I heard on the radio recently, a real earworm. I found this text so far,
    "Hey, ain't life wonderful? Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful... Isn't it wonderful now?",
    but this is not the one I am looking for. ;-)
    I have a Johnny Mathis record I will listen to, maybe it's there.

    Yesh, yesh, exactly, "photo essay"! Thank you. :-))
    (I feel a bit like sneaking around with a secret lover, you know, posting pictures from elsewhere, but: I can't help it, I am still on Italian high. *smile*).

    paris parfait:
    Yes, this is what these Italian landscapes do to me: Make me feel at peace with myself. Let me "be" as a friend calls this.

    liquid sky arts:
    Wanderlust, yes! :-)
    I am ready to return there right now. :-)

  13. Anonymous14 July, 2007

    Welcome home..although from your pictures I think I would have stayed there......

  14. Just like being there...
    You don't need any words at all with those pictures.


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