Our filming of the Italian university town of Padova continues. One of our challenges here was to capture a slice of student life. As you’ll see from these photos, I think we succeeded.
While filming Padova’s Goliardia, we partied with this guy, Samuele Mattia Zanetti. And he came prepared for the opportunity to capitalize on my visit to find an American girlfriend. He seemed nice enough — with great hair — so I thought I’d help him out. If you’d like to meet a wild and crazy student from the north of Italy…there’s a good chance he’d like to meet you, too. Contact Samuele via his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/samuelemattia.zanetti).
Filming in Padova, I wanted to catch the fun as a new graduate is roasted by his or her friends. While there were no graduations during our visit, my local guide friend managed to get the local goofball fraternity, the Goliardia, to play the role…and it worked great. Here we’re warming up with a drink in the student bar before they step out into the street and sing the university’s graduation anthem (which says, basically, “You’re a doctor, yes, you’re a doctor… but you’re still just an a-hole”).
When filming in the big and famous cities, we go unnoticed by the local press. But in smaller towns, we sense the pride locals feel as we work to share their home with an American television audience. As we worked one day, the local reporter connected with us. The next morning we were in the paper. The headline: “Saints, Spritz, and Goliardia: Padova goes to the USA.”