At ItalyIndeed we pride ourselves on promoting local artistic and cultural events such as this weekend’s conference on Juana Romani, to be held at the Académie Vitti Museum in Atina. Born Carolina Carlesimo in 1867 in the town of Velletri to Giacinto Carlesimo of Casalvieri and Mariangela Tullio of Gallinaro, she would rise to the élite of Parisian artistic circles. Her journey started when her mother began an affair with Temistocle Romani, a prominent local land-owner. Discovering the affair, Carolina’s father burnt down one of Romani’s stables before being found dead in mysterious circumstances. With her mother and Romani, Carolina settled in Paris’ Latin Quarter in 1877. In time she began to frequent various artistic and intellectual circles, and when the family became impoverished, she started modelling. Starting at Académie Colarossi, (founded by Filippo Colarossi of Picinisco, one of the few studios that admitted female students), she posed for noted artists of the day, like Alexandre Falguière and Jean-Jacques Henner.
At ItalyIndeed one of our aims is to share the fascinating history of our region through our Culture, History and Archaeology Tours. With ItalyIndeed you can stand in the shoreline grotto in Sperlonga where the Emperor Tiberius once lavishly entertained his guests and then enjoy yourself – rather more humbly – a friendly, rustic dining experience in the very house where D.H.Lawrence wrote ‘The Lost Girl’. Our land is wreathed in countless tales that reach out to us today through remnant and ruin, monument and memory. One such story is that of Wojtek, whose name means ‘one who enjoys war’ or ‘joyful warrior’. Wojtek was a Syrian Brown Bear born in Iran in 1942 and left alone to die after his mother was shot by hunters. Wojtek was saved however when he was adopted by soldiers of the Polish II Corps.