This post is part of Photos from A to Z.
I love ice cream. It reminds me of Italy, of the gelaterias where they smear all that colourful, deliciousness into a cup, or on a cone, with a spatula, instead of making scoops.
Also, I can’t look at a proper gelateria without thinking about a robbery shooting.
Yes, sir. Guns and gelato: they go together like peanut butter and jelly to me 🙂
July 25th, 2002 – my first Summer in Italy.
I just started a three-week train trip with my then-boyfriend through Italy: Rome, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Sienna.
We are staying on a campsite in Bracciano, about an hour outside of Rome. Halfway on the way there we are asked to leave the train, as they had decided to go on strike…
Outside the station we try to find a taxi or bus to take us the remaining distance, but to no avail bummer.
While looking slightly desperate, sitting on one of the park benches, an Italian man starts talking to us. He is waiting for his friend Frederico, and wouldn’t mind giving us a ride!
Turns out that he is a 34 year-old movie director and once, when he was in Denmark and gotten into trouble, someone helped him – so he wants to do us a similar favour.
During the drive to the campsite he tells us he is on his way to a location to shoot his second movie. His first movie was about a Photo Booth – it even won a prize during an Italian Film Festival in 2000.
The second one is gonna be about the time he got shot in the leg during a robbery in a gelateria!? And during the remainder of the drive, he tells us the whole story in great detail… 🙂
I had to look up his name again in my travel journal of the trip: Alessandro Maresca. Back then I couldn’t track him down to thank him for his help, but it turns out that 10 years later he finished his gelateria movie, called 3 mm!
Check it out, if you’re curious about the story he told me 😉
… and that is why gelato reminds me of guns…