6 March 2008 at 10:45 pm 3 comments

Do not adjust your monitors, people. You are not having an alphabet acid flashback. This is an actual clip of long lost rapper Coolio performing a modern version of the Volo dell’Angelo in January during Carnival celebrations in Venice. This, my dears, is a prime example of what I adore about Italy. The economy is in a slump, the government is in tatters, the garbage situation in Campania is tragic but rest assured, Italians will always do something so head-shakingly absurd to restore my faith in this nation. These are the WTF moments of insanity that I like to call cavolate (pron. ca-vo-lah-tey). Literally, it means in the manner of a cabbage (?) but it’s just a nice way of saying in the manner of a dumbass. And the dumbass artistic director of the Venice Carnival decided it would be a super idea to invite a has-been gangsta rapper to do the prestigious Volo dell’Angelo (Flight of the Angel). It’s one of the oldest Venetian traditions dating back to the 16th century, where a man (originally a Turk) would climb a rope to the top of the bell tower in St. Mark’s square and then perform acrobatic feats from the tower all the way down to the loggia of the Doge’s palace. The acrobat would then offer the Doge flowers or poetry. Poetry such as “I’m a loced-out gangsta, set-trippin banger, and my homies is down, so don’t arouse my anger, fool!” Apparently the Doge was cool like that. God I love this country!

Entry filed under: Cavolate, WTF.


3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. bleeding espresso  |  11 March 2008 at 10:54 am

    Oh my goodness, where does one begin with all that is wrong with this….

    Also I love all the snippets from the crowd…”No no no fa freddo!” Surely some kid wanted to take off his jacket 😉

  • 2. milanesemasala  |  11 March 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Hey! Thanks for checking out my blog and making the first comment ever. Considering you’re one of my faves, it’s going to bring me good blog luck!
    Yeah, it was all kind of surreal. And the threat of the fatal “colpo di freddo” is ever present in Italy. Good thing I’m Canadian and immune to those sort of things.

  • 3. It’s a Masala Festa!!! « Milanese Masala  |  11 March 2008 at 11:12 pm

    […] like to welcome you to Milanese Masala, a brand spankin’ new blog featuring my (sometimes snarky) reflections on life in “Da Boot”. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Italy. I love it like a woman loves her husband. […]


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