La Freccia October: Italy’s capital, travelling with Rodari

On the cover is a homage to the writer, 100 years from his birth 

Rome, 2 October 2020

All aboard! The October issue of La Freccia sets off on a trip with Gianni Rodari, covering Italy’s capital and its capital of art, culture and nature, along with this month’s 103rd edition of the Giro – the popular event that will have Trenitalia as the Official Green Carrier[ERKdJ1] .

100 years from his birth, the cover pays tribute to the writer who was a master of fiction, able to convey universal ideals to young and old alike. Luca Tagliafico’s illustration condenses much of that contained in this issue, recalling also in the editorial the many treasures to be protected and promoted in this country, from the richness of its infinite diversity to the attraction of its capital.

In the Eternal City to discuss art. We begin with the Quadriennale 2020 and the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, which with the exhibition Fuori, urges us to go beyond patterns and boundaries. We then come to the Writing with Light exhibition at Palazzo Merulana, dedicated to the moving images of cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. Finally, there is the international exhibition on street art in the Portonaccio district. We remain in the Capital to celebrate the seventh art, with the 15th edition of the Rome Film Festival that lights up the Auditorium Parco della Musica from 15 to 25 October.

Boarding the Irpinia Express to travel the historic Avellino-Rocchetta Sant’Antonio line, our itinerary includes centuries-old woods, quaint waterfalls and stunning murals. By foot, we tread the 120 kilometres of the Via degli Dei that connects Bologna to Florence, passing through the Apennines. Continuing on, ideally by bike, we cross the peninsula tailing the Giro d’Italia, immersed in colours, traditions and seasonal flavours. Last but not least, we stop in at Italy’s roofless churches: the Spasimo in Palermo, San Galgano in the land of Siena, as well as the Venetian Sant’Eustachio and Incompiuta.

The many people to have been interviewed for this issue include: Father Enzo Fortunato presenting the book La Tunica E La Tonaca, Bianca Guaccero as host of Rai2’s show Detto Fatto, singer-songwriter Francesco Bianconi with his first solo album Forever, actor Fabrizio Gifuni taking to the stage in a show on Aldo Moro, along with poet and “paesologo” (being dedicated to landscapes) Franco Arminio and cyclist Mario Cipollini.

Other themes presented are the Baroque works on stage at the Olympic theatre in Vicenza, the Siena International Photo Award, and the Festival of Photography in Lodi. Then there is the Aparitimoda initiative, with the great maisons and workshops of excellence set to open the doors to visitors on 24 and 25 October to reveal the secrets of Made in Italy.

Medialogando, the column dedicated to the world of information, features an interview with Mattia Feltri, editor of the online newspaper Huffington Post, which is preparing to change face. Finally, the column Un Treno di Libri (A Train of Books) recommends reading the novel by Roberto Ango, Il Bambino Nascosto, which tells a story of Camorra, love and fatherhood, having been recently awarded the Raffaello Brignetti International Island of Elba Literary Prize. 

The October Freccia is distributed at the Giro d’Italia – of which Trenitalia is the Official Green Carrier – and at the Rome Film Festival or can be browsed and read in digital form, for PCs and smartphone on FSNews, and in hardcopy at the FRECCIALounge and FRECCIAClub, with an individual cellophane-wrapped copy that each reader can take away with them. The contents of FS Italiane’s monthly magazine are also presented via the Telegram FSNews channel and the Twitter profiles of @fsnews_it and @LaFreccia_Mag