January 15th, 2018

A quick visit.


On Thursday evening I landed in Venice to spend a long weekend with my family and some friends.

On Saturday, my dad had the idea of driving up to Recoaro Mille, a mountain site not too far from where my parents live, to get some fresh air and look at the snowy peaks. 


It was a spontaneous decision, so at 11am we drove up, reaching the top within an hour.

From up there, you could look down at the town. Recoaro itself is where our mineral spring waters are produced, and my dad told me that it used to be a very popular and rich area – many years ago – that unfortunately didn’t manage to keep upgrading and developing, resulting in a very quiet, almost forgotten, yet beautiful town.


To connect the village to the ski resorts and facilities, there used to be a cableway, which my dad worked on, back in the day (my dad is a carpenter). This is now barely ever used, and when we were there, the whole area seemed abandoned.


The almost complete absence of snow – which melted away the past week, due to high temperatures of 20*C and sunny days – made this place look even more lonely: not a single person was there, other than the woman running a local restaurant, where we stopped by for lunch.


With our bellies full, we went for a quick tour, in which my parents explained to me how – when they were growing up – Recoaro was considered one of the finest mountain places, with luxurious hotels, stunning buildings, and incredible views.


Now you see lots of pretty houses, with ‘for sale’ signs attached to them.

Apparently, the small amount of people still living there, have no interest in bringing the town back to life: often, in Italy, you will find conservative people, that won’t allow changes to happen.


Although I too can appreciate the beauty of place for what it is, and drift away from wanting a change, seeing this beautiful place – that has so much potential – left untouched through the years if not by time itself, does bring a bit of sadness.

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I may have gotten it all wrong, and maybe just visited in a low day; but in the past few years my dad brought me here 3 times, and with each trip, I could see it getting more and more deserted.

I do not live in this area, and growing up I never came here, so I don’t personally have anything to compare it to, but this is just the feeling I had.

Either way, I have been enjoying going up there – every once in a while – as it is really peaceful, and the cold mountain air is always refreshing.


I am now back in Brighton, sitting in the couch with a cold and painful sore throat. Unfortunately, it seems like there is a 50/50 chance every time I’m on an airport, that I will catch some illness.

This doesn’t feel too bad at the moment, so don’t worry about it, but I am a bit frustrated because I had planned and booked something really exciting for today and was forced to move it. Oh well – something to look forward to!

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For now, I’m glad I got to spend a few days in Italy, as I didn’t get to see my family for Christmas.

I hope you are all well, and that your week had a nice start!


84 thoughts on “PEACEFUL MOUNTAINS.

  1. Nomalany

    Absolutely stunning photos!
    And what a beautiful town, indeed. Such a shame to see it in a condition like that. Hope you had a great trip and I hope you’ll feel better soon, thank you for the amazing post, Marzia!


  2. La Dame Who Fell To Earth

    What a beautiful place. I know the feeling in towns that are left derelict like that because you see little villages like that in Ireland all the time. It’s such a shame to see an absence of life in places that were once so beautiful.
    I hope you had a lovely trip Marzia! I’m jealous you were somewhere warm during the week ❤


  3. Laura

    Tristemente l’idea e i progetti di sviluppo sostenibile sono lenti in Italia, tant’è che molti che si laureano in questi campi poi vanno all’estero per lavori alla loro altezza 🙂
    Riguardo ad ammalarsi spesso, a me succedeva quando prendevo la pillola e avevo oltre a problemi molto simili ai tuoi al tempo anche le difese immunitarie basse. Forse è la conseguenza di un problema ormonale/ di alimentazione ?
    Spero tu ti possa riprendere presto 🙂 e goditi i pugs intanto!


  4. Dunja

    Beautiful nature. I feel you on the thoughts of such abandoned places. Half of me always wishes the area was lively and enjoyed by many, and the other half just enjoys the quiet and piece it brings. But seeing previous signs of life and what is left of it is always bitter sweet. It’s the same situation in Serbia, where I’m from, especially with the mountains and rural villages.
    Hope the cold goes away soon! 🙂

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  5. //Jackie//

    The Italian countryside is beautiful! I had the chance of visiting this winter as well and it was absolutely stunning I already want to go back. It seems that this winter a lot of people were getting sick, especially with travel. I hope you feel better 🙂

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  6. Harley Quinclaire

    That looks like a magical spiritual place. I’m really sorry that your sick and I say that because I’m currently sick and I feel like garbage. I’m wearing your velour dress today, it’s nice and warm especially since it won’t stop snowing here and I’m not well. I will have to buy another one because the one I got is bigger than anticipated. I hope you feel better marzia.

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  7. ChloeElizabeth

    Wow marzia! I really love this post, the pictures are stunning! The peacfullness and fresh air sounds so wonderful it makes me want to visit this place, after living in london it sounds like the perfect escape, I hope you are feeling 100% soon! ❤ x

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  8. kaylie153

    For some reason, this particular post didn’t feel the same as your other posts. I think it was the pictures. The colors were very different from your usual, and it had a soft almost sad undertone. I really enjoyed this post. It made me feel kinda depressed, but in a good way.

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  9. jul

    you know, its not your fault that i think like this sometimes, but i feel we live in so different realities that idk if you can like me. I feel ugly and you get prettier everytime, you have a lot of money and i cant even get a job, i didnt go on vacation, my dream is to go to japan and you went twice. I struggle to get a piece of clothing and you can get anything you want, change wardrove every year, brands gift you things. you bought a house, i cant even start imagining living by myself. You have your own clothing line just like that and im just starting a clothing design career that will took me years to finish. You also were already richer than me even before youtube, you grew up in a richer country and a richer family, you owned jeffrey campbells when i couldnt even buy at zara’s.
    again, its not your fault, but sometimes i cant watch your videos of free things or you making a haul cause this thoughts come to my mind and are excruciatingly painful, u know, why cant i live like that too?


  10. Isabela

    This place is beautiful! I always love reading your posts, they make me feel calm even when there’s a lot going on in my life. Thank you, Marzia, I’m hoping you feel better soon!

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  11. Em Fox

    Hi Marzia! I really wanted to recommend a tv show to you! It’s called Bates Motel. It’s on Netflix. It’s a horror show and it’s defiantly an adult themed show. I think your enjoy it. The actor Freddie Highmore does an amazing job acting as Norman Bates.


  12. Nicolás Valdés

    Hey Marzia, I’m writting you this message because I want to help you adding subtitles to your videos (In english and spanish!)
    Message me if you’re interested :^)
    I love your work! *Hugs

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  13. OneMan

    è raro nel mondo trovare persone grandiose, è facile trovare delle persone con tanti followers ma quelle persone che quando le incontri senti quel fuoco che brucia, quella passione diversa che ti senti quasi intimidito, quelle persone sono speciali.
    Spesso mi sono chiesto cosa rende quelle persone speciali e voglio utilizzare le parole di una persona: “quando dai senso alle cose allora riesci a dire, non mi interessa cosa il mondo pensa, io vado per la mia strada”.
    Non solo, queste persone hanno la capacità di trasmettere quel fuoco a tal punto che avviene una ristrutturazione mentale negli altri con cui condividono il tempo.
    Il genio crea genio e quella genialità sta proprio nella frase che ho scritto sopra. Ed il genio preferisce vivere in un rural south perché lui ha compreso il mondo, perché lui sa cosa veramente conta nella vita, perché lui ha dato un senso alla sua realtà e ha superato l’essere “umano”. Quando qualcosa perde senso, vuol dire che qualcos’altro lo acquisisce, queste persone non vedono l’umanità come umanità, vedono l’umanità come insieme di persone totalmente imperfette mentre loro hanno attraversato quegli ostacoli per diventare oltre “umani”.
    Ama il genio che c’è in tuo padre ed inizia ad apprenderlo perché la vera sfida inizierà quando entrerai nel grande oceano popolato da queste persone e credimi, poche sono le persone che hanno il coraggio di ripercorrere il loro percorso, la maggior parte contratta un salvagente. Carpentiere.. Cucciolotta che sei, Marzia.. Ricordati che lui ha nuotato con l’oceano in burrasca.. E le onde alte non distinguono chi sei, distinguono chi le sa affrontare.. C’è chi beve acqua salata nel 2011 ma impara a galleggiare velocemente e chi invece beve acqua salata con un referendum ma vuole berla ancora.. E chi non la ha mai bevuta ma sta seguendo le lezioni serali di nuoto.. Vota bene!!
    The end.


  14. Laura Cardoso

    I’ts been a while since I las entered to your blog and one of the first things I see (asided from the new layout) is this post… and those pictures look insane!
    I would never had thought there were places like that in Italy… just leaves me feeling like there’s soooo much out there to explore!
    I’m glad you had a fun time with your family Marzia… it is a privilege to visit the ones who live far away!
    Hope you get better soon ❤

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  15. Claire Fellows

    That’s so cool that you were in Italy! I used to live in Italy. I moved there about a year and a half ago and spent 10 months being a nanny for an Italian family. There were 2 kids, Maria age 6 and Giorgio age 4. They are the most adorable things and I miss them with my whole heart! You’re lucky you’ve been able to travel there 3 different times. I was able to go to Venice while living in Florence and it was beautiful! Although I didn’t see the areas pictured from you. But I love the mountains! The family I worked for and I all went to the Italian Alps on one of my last weeks living there. It was breathtaking! If there’s anyone who appreciates the beauty of Italian alps, it’s definitely me! I can’t even describe the feeling I had. Thanks for your post!


  16. Dusk Polaris Lupin

    Sorry if this sounds creepy but I searched the town (I was curious) and it’s a lot likes a town called Durango (a town where apparently a bunch of hipsters gather according to my folks but it had great Mexican food when we stopped) in Colorado but the town is more beautiful architectural wise.


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  18. Heidi

    Hey Marzia!

    Your pictures of Recoaro Mille reminded me so much of Bolzano and I just realized that it’s not that far away. I lived in Bolzano for 4 months to research for my thesis and I’ll probably stay there for another 3 years, so I really need to start study Italian… (I’m from Germany/Japan)
    Anyway, I somehow thought you’re more from Central/South Italy, so I was really surprised and excited about it!

    Also I was wondering which one you prefer: Holiday in the mountains or at the beach? 🙂

    Hope you’re doing good

    x Heidi


  19. Dil

    Beautiful pictures Marzia!! And btw – you’ve got such an excellent command of English and a beautiful, poetic style 🙂 Such a pleasure to read!


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