Ciao Italia

This week, I get to check something off my bucket list that I didn’t even know was on the list – your beloved Billy is winging his way to the Venice Film Festival.  And that’s Venice as in Italy, not Venice as in Muscle Beach – where I’ve checked off numerous things in the past.  It’s a fortuitous week for me to be heading to fair Italia.  The September issue of Vogue Italia just hit the stands, and it features a same-sex kiss on its cover.  It actually features a couple of same-sex kisses.  There are three variants of the cover – one between two men, one between two women, and one of those boring heterosexual couples.  They all have the same caption – “Bacio”, which simply means “Kiss”.  I have no idea if the September issue of Vogue Italia has the same seismic power as the US version.  After all, I did see The September Issue.  But I’m fairly confident Anna Wintour has nothing to do with the Italian publication.  Well, nothing directly.  Her daughter, Bee Shaffer, is engaged to Francesco Carrozzini, who is the son of late former editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani.  I guess I’m not the only one who enjoys a foreign tongue.

Since I’m filing this prior to my departure, I must confess some trepidation regarding our next story.  Several news outlets have reported about a sign in a Cavallino hotel.  Apparently, the bathroom is marked “Donne, Uomini, Gay” – Women, Men, Gay.  I suppose it should go without saying that there is a drawing illustrating each term.  Due to the scrutiny, the owner of the hotel in this southern Italian town says the sign will be repainted.  Heaven knows what it would be replaced with – especially since “cavallino” means a small horse!  Or is it a small guy riding a horse?  Either way, it should make a festive sign!

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