Face | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

Through centuries faces have inspired many liberal arts, painters, wood carvers, pottery makers, theatre play writers or photographers.
Beautiful faces decorate buildings, caryatids support balconies and frame elegant entries, faccioni spit water in fountains, faces of statues show off their timeless beauties in piazzas and gargoyle faces keep evil spirits away.

Peucetian, early inhabitant of Puglia and Lucania – Italy made drinking vessels in the shape of women faces. This example is at Ridola Museum – Matera – Italy. (Click on each photo to view it larger).


Domenico Modugno, Italian singer made the song “Volare” a world known tune. I can’t forget the faces of people when I take them to see the statue,  they all open their arms and start singing “Volare” as if they would be flying for real. The song puts people in a sudden happiness and freedom state of mind.

Domenico Modugno
Caricature faces made for Carnevale in Putignano.

Face of a modern woman painted in Renaissance style by Sergio Gatti, famous painter of Puglia.

This man lives in the house Rudolph Valentino grew up as a boy in Castellana. Valentino’s face is on the wall.


Faces encompass a certain beauty criterion of each era, represent a mockery of society and at times were idolized as deities.   The face is not only the front part of the head that extends from the forehead to the chin and includes mouth, nose, cheeks, and eyes. A human face encloses heritage, racial traits and beauty. Human beings often emulate famous people’s faces. In the ‘70s all young women copied the iconic Twiggy’s face/body and Michael Jackson made a lot of changes to his face to look like Diana Ross.

How can I forget the jolly face of this fisherman in Bari? He gave us a taste of freshly caught baby octopi and told us all about the curling tenderizing process. The flavor of the octopi, the story the man told us and his body language stunned my group.

How can I ever forget the face of Felice? This lad who served us a new drink called “Amaro Biondo” a delicate, sexy drink with a pleasant aftertaste. I was with the group at Café Altereno, we were the first to taste this new drink.

Usually life events furrow people’s faces by writing interesting stories on them and that is what I like to immortalize with my camera whether I am traveling or not. Faces of strangers will always be familiar in my memories and will remind me of those fleeting moments spent talking about this and that with passerbyers I will never see again. My connection to a face is just that: an event, a phrase, a moment in time I will never forget.

Faces of men working in a family owned mozzarella factory. Delightfully they made mozzarella shaped in small animal figurines just for my group.

This is the face of a woman who just tasted freshly mozzarella. Her face tells the pleasure of real food.

These are  faces of people who like to live it up. Spaghetti with cherry tomatoes sauce cooked over a brazier. It is a custom in Italy to gather friends at midnight and cook spaghetti together. Fun, fun.
At the studio of painter Filippo Maria Cazzolla.

Saying hello to a special friend who for more than 40 years has collected items and tools of professions, arts and crafts no longer available. His museum is a real treasure trove.
Vito Santoiemma-Valentina

“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us” ~ Anonymous – Ciao,

Copyright © 2016 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved



In the carAs a writer and cultural promoter of Puglia, my native land, it is my intention to let readers feel and experience a new ”wheel of emotions”. I want to encourage them to visit areas of Italy not beaten by massive tourism. Through stories of art, architecture, fashion, food-wines, shopping, I want them to create their special adventures and live it up in Puglia! Check out my books on
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