A pagan ritual from Sardinia (apparently it goes back some 2000 years), don’t ask me what they are doing in the über bourgeois/populist arcade of Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II in Milan (maybe something to do with the approaching Carnivale), but there they were; hairy mammoth coated shepherds with their backs laden with giant bells that normally go round the necks of mountain animals. The sound they made, jumping in rhythm was powerful…beautiful, beautiful rhythms…and with more than a touch of Lord of the Rings to it. Please note that there are no accompanying musicians – the sound comes solely from the impact of the jumps and the bells on their backs.
See them in action in the film below:
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Tagged cow bells, Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II, mamuthones, milan, pagan, pecussion, ritual, rythmn, sardinia, shepherds
Milan – Aperitivo in historic bar Zucca (officially known as Caffè Miani) in the Vittorio Emanuelle Arcade, it has been in the arcade since it opened in 1867…apparently Verdi and Toscanini used to prop up the bar.
The interior features an inlaid bar and mosaics by Liberty era artist, Angelo d’Andrea. A spriz is €4.50 if you stand up, though really i should have ordered the (v milanese) rhubarb-based amaro liqueur Zucca…next time
beautiful Zucca logo door handles, with view to the arcade beyond
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Tagged Angelo d'Andrea, aperitivo, Caffè Miani, Camparino Bar Zucca, deco, Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II, milan, mosaic, zucca, zucca logo