Living Villa Cappelli
About This Show
Direct from Italy! Follow the adventures of two Americans living and running a villa in Puglia, Italy, and learn all about Italian the culture, people, food and fun. Every week, we’ll share our lives with you and what life in Italy is really like especially for two Americans. From Italian recipes to travel in Italy to interviews with others who share the same Italian spirit, we’ll cover it all. So come along for the ride and discover that life is better when you put a little Italian into it.
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052: Small Town Italian Politics
In this episode, we catch up with some renovations happening at the villa and Paul’s adventure in local small town Italian politics. Topics we cover: • How we added three new bathrooms upstairs • How we saved a lot of time and money by using existing sewer pipes instead of adding in new ones and new construction to our first floor • How Paul loves using Farrow & Ball paints • Paul’s explanation between dyes and pigments • Impressionist paintings • One villa guest who stayed with us, Natvar Bhavsar who used pigments in his painting • Paul’s adventure in politics • Three strange rules (strange to us) that exist in Italian elections • First off there were 290 candidates for 17 city council seats • One reason is each of the parties, of which there are many, they have to nominate a certain number of people in order to be considered a “list” or a “party” • All these parties then form coalitions, there were three this election nominating three men for mayor • The next rule that was strange was the fact that you have two votes for city council, and if you want to use both votes, one has to be for a man and one for a woman • While understanding the thinking behind this, it seems like a strange law • In a national election, you are voting for a party, no