Minerva and I

Dogs really like me, but I’ve always been a cat person. A part of that not-so-rare multitude which has an unconditional passion for felines.

I grew up in a house filled with guests, of all nationalities, and my work has allowed me to travel extensively. I think that’s why I’ve always considered it a pleasure and a great opportunity to meet new people.

Now la Serra gives me the chance to open my door for guests to share and enjoy this unique place.

For the last three years, though, the queen of my life has been Minerva: unusually long (nickname: draft stopper), powder-puff soft, kind when she likes to be, mostly a little aloof.

In short, a cat.


The real boss at la Serra is Minerva, gorgeous and unpredictable feline. No doubt about it.
He was born and raised in the mountains, in Cortina d’Ampezzo, and loves books passionately. This is how Una montagna di libri was invented, a festival that has brought writers from all over the world to the Dolomites since 2009.
One day he asked himself a question: but if novels and stories were architecture, what shape would they have? Since then he has continued to ask those who participate in his Literary Architecture workshops.
They were strongly convinced that children’s books are no small matter. So they created a publishing house that imagines and creates them, with great seriousness. And just as much fun.
His inspector Stucky is about to land on TV, but he continues to write with a safe recipe: a bit of news, a good dose of crimes, a sprinkling of irony. Just enough.
Her mission: to give a name even to the last, those that history and newspaper reports do not consider. From missing people to shipwrecked people, who died following a hope.
For ten years he has written a column on the saint of the day for the Italian online newspaper Post. By dint of accumulating stories, he decided to bring them together in a guide. Not exactly in the odor of sanctity.
They define themselves as volunteers, but they do a lot of good in their Milanese space. By teaching girls and boys to write, and become authors of their lives.
Her stories start from nostalgia, a crowd of scents, voices, flavors, daydreams. To tell the tears and consolations of farewells, arrivals and departures. In short, life.
She writes and teaches others to write their most intimate story. We all have our autobiography inside us, we just lack the words to fix it on a blank page.
There are many ways not to succumb to the storms and earthquakes that life prepares for us. Her: looking at them with curious eyes and telling them with a strong, surprising voice.
He publishes short stories and novels, his own, and above all those of others. But only if he decides that they have earned the opportunity to live the greatest adventure, that of meeting the readers.
Giving voice to others – politicians, institutions, events – is his job. Moving on to do it for a team of characters wandering around Milan, noir like smog, was easy.
She loves music (see under rebetiko) and Greece, which runs in her blood (see under: mum).
She writes about science, with particular attention to the botanical world. Her last proposal: a Universal Declaration of Plant Rights.
He tells stories starting from History, his passion. He wrote about cooking, money, rivers and, a lot, about Venice.
He lives for the theater, but he also has other passions: tango, a cappella singing, accordion, two wheels (both motor and pedal). And the mountains.
The spark was the food, the good one and well prepared. And the desire to have fun while cooking. Result: an appetizing book, written (and served) with four hands.
Making poetry, he says, is a way of seeing, interpreting, telling the world. In turn: whoever has eyes and a heart is a poet.
He has dedicated his life to Russia, in all its most unexpected shades (many more than 50). Seasoning the study with a robust curiosity for food, in every form and latitude.
How do you create a successful book? Sewing a tailored suit for the author, and reading the clues that predict the wishes of the readers. Part tailor, part fortune teller.
She has been practicing yoga for many years and also teaches it. Because it’s the compass that helps us find the only strength that really matters, the one we have within us.
When he’s not engaging his brain in complicated chemical and mathematical formulas, he uses it to help unlikely characters solve mysteries.
About Virginia Woolf she told (and translated) everything there was to know, and keeps surprising us. Between wise women, it’s so easy to have a feeling.
The first, Nicoletta, lives and fights in Bologna. Clara is divided between Castelfranco and Asolo. They share a crazy and wonderful desire to turn the world into a reader’s paradise.
Most of the time he deals with nuclear fusion. When he feels like relaxing, he tries to measure the universe. And not only that.
There are many forms of consolation from life’s jolts. Writing about cinema isn’t one of the worst: it costs less than diamonds and keeps you warmer on winter evenings.
She has an extraordinary talent for lending her voice but the passion that consumes her, on low heat, is for historical cuisine: the first book she wrote tells the story of the Italian Risorgimento, starting from a menu.
Vampires are not the first topic that comes to mind when talking about philology. And neither are the orcs. The beauty of being curious is that there is no limit to the horizons.
One can be an artist in many ways: by coloring the white of a canvas, transforming matter and shapes. Always, opening new windows on life.
She has no doubts that words are a way of looking at the world, and they change it. But she is always wary of unshakable certainties.