Back to the Fifties. Thanks to the 40th anniversary of the cult film Grease (in Italy it hit the screens in August 1978), the '50s have a greater presence than ever this summer in Italy. With retro themed events, fairs and exhibitions, the perfect holiday is dressed in the glamour of a golden period. In the wake of strawberry milkshakes and drive-ins, the Brylcreem tour begins.
The first stop is the Resina market at Herculaneum, near Naples. Born after the war as a place to trade clothes from the United States, it has become a temple of vintage goods. Every morning, including Sundays, old-fashioned outfits attract tourists, fashion addicts in search of inspiration, and film costume designers.
In Rome it is the rhythm of swing that takes people back through time. Until September, every summer Tuesday, one dances at the Village Celimontana during Swing Swing Swing evenings that attract lindy hoppers and fans of the genre.
At San Benedetto del Tronto (Ascoli Piceno) the exhibition Abbronzatissima is unmissable, at Palazzina Azzurra until 16 September. With vintage photographs and advertising posters, it provides a glimpse of the popular view of an ideal holiday of years gone by that still is as attractive as ever.
But in Italy one cannot claim to be a fan of the '50s if one has not been to the Summer Jamboree of Senigallia, in the province of Ancona. From 1 to 12 August, rock’n’roll is at the heart of an event that Elvis would have enjoyed, with vintage Cadillacs, acrobatic dances and old school tattoos.
At San Lazzaro di Savena (Bologna), from 26 to 29 July, quiffs and backcombed hair rule at the Reelin’and Rockin’Festival, an event that pays tribute to the feel of Happy Days, with live music, DJ sets and street food.
At San Benedetto del Tronto (Ascoli Piceno) the exhibition Abbronzatissima provides a glimpse of the popular view of an ideal holiday of years gone by that still is as attractive as ever.
The last stop of this trip back in time is in Turin: at the Venaria Reale, until 24 February 2019, all eyes on the exhibition Easy Rider. The myth of the motorbike as art. To imagine we are James Dean or Marlon Brando riding two-wheel monsters.
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