“Tu vuò fa l’ americano!
siente a me, chi t’ ho fa fa?
tu vuoi vivere alla moda
ma se bevi whisky and soda
po’ te sente ‘e disturbà.”
Italy in the 1950’s and 60’s as seen in the movies was such a wonderful place, one wonders if it really existed. A place where Sophia Loren raised her precocious nephew on the island of Capri and fell in love with Clark Gable, or the Italy of Gina Lollobrigida dancing the night away with Rock Hudson on the Italian Riviera. The cinema Italy of De Sica, and his Gold of Naples, or Luchino Visconti’s gorgeous Rocco and His Brothers. And then there is the land of Fellini, from Il Vitelloni through the Dolce Vita of the Via Veneto to the dreams and magic of Juliet and her spirits.
With each film visit it is breathtaking and seductive and like Katherine Hepburn’s first view of Venice in Summertime it is love at first sight no matter how many times you see it.
One visits Italy in the movies be they American or Italian films and one enters into a place so incredibly alive. It is a land that is vibrant and so full of color, passion and drama that it almost hurts the heart to hold it all in without crying. A place where life seems to bubble forth in pure joy like the never ending waters of the Fontana di Trevi. Toss your three coins in and you will always return to il cinema d’Italia.
Aqva Pour Homme Marine Bvlgari for Men takes me to this Italy every time I wear it. It is like a refreshing spray of the Adriatic Sea on your skin while skiing behind a beautiful vintage 1959 speedboat off of Rimini. It is a movie in itself and a tour of Italy from Sicily to LakeComo. You blast off with the Italian Grapefruit and Neroli opening that I love so much. Then it segues into savory rosemary freshly picked from the gardens of the Emilia Romagna. Salty seaweed from the bay of Naples and water notes that are quite nice and sophisticated. At the end, in the dry down you are in the sunset of the scent of lingering cedar that remind me of the umbrella pines around Torre Astura. You may end up humming “Tu vuo fa l Americano” yet you will feel so Italian doing it.
It is so fresh and light yet lasts a good eight hours or so. It just puts me in mind of Italy in the late 50’s, fun, bright, and jazzy. A definite spring to summer scent and with a few spays you are staring in your own Vittorio De Sica movie.
Four gold stars ****