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THE STORY OF THIS SMALL SPACE BY THE POOL HAS A DIFFICULT START.  AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR 2011 RELAIS VILLA PALAGIO OPENS TO THE PUBLIC BUT THE BAR REMAINS CLOSED DUE TO BUREAUCRATIC PROBLEMS. FOUR YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE THAT TIME AND AFTER ELABORATING A SERIES OF PROJECTS I WAS FINALLY GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO OPEN UP THIS PLACE IN APRIL 2015. BUDGET: 650,00 EURO, TIME : A MONTH. NO DOUBT A REAL CHALLENGE! I TOOK IT UP, AND ALL THIS   WITHOUT  EVER BEING NEITHER AN ELECTRICIAN,NOR A CARPENTER,.A PLUMBER ,A MASON. ON THE FIRST DAY THE WATER PIPES WERE CUT OFF,  ALL OVER THE WALLS  LOOMED LARGE WATER STAINS, NO FURNITURE AT ALL ,NO SOUND SYSTEM, NO SHELVES, THE FLOOR  WAS LITERALLY FULL OF HOLES,NO LIGHTS AND DIRT  IN EVERY  SINGLE CORNER. I STARTED BY DROWING A MENTAL PICTURE OF HOW THIS PLACE COULD BE AND TRIED  TO LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE.  I SPENT THE FIRST 350,00 EUROS ON PAPER WALL JUST TO REFRESH HE PLACE. WITH 120,.00  EUROS I BOUGHT SOME BAR STOOLS AT A FLEA MARKET AND WITH THE MONEY LEFT SOME SUSPENDED VASES AND SOME VERY SPECIAL LIGHT BULBS. ONCE THE BUDGET WAS OVER AND THANKS TO THE MANAGER A.MINUZZO I WAS GIVEN THE CHANGE TO RUMMAGE THE OLD -ALMOST-ABANDONED WINE CELLARS, GARAGES, ATTICS,  CARPENTRIES OF VILLA PITIANA  AND VILLA PALAGIO, JUST IN SEARCH FOR NEW IDEAS. DURING MY SOLITARY TOURS BY VAN TO THESE PLACES I PICKED UP AND RESTORED AN OLD LEATHER SOFA, A SUITCASE DATING BACK TO THE BEGINNING OF ‘900, THE IRON FRAME OF AN OLD  SEWING MACHINE, SOME CHAIRS WHOSE LEGS HAVE BECOME PART THE SHELVES, THREE WASHING MACHINE THAT I LITERALLY DISMANTLED TO MAKE  SOME LAMPS, AN OLD PORCELAIN VASE, AN ANCIENT TELEPHONE, SOME CUISINE GRATERS AND SO ON. I SPENT A MONTH  STUDYING MARKET STRATEGY ON YOUTUBE AT NIGHT BECAUSE I DIDN’T HAVE THE TIME TO ATTEND A COURSE. THE MORNINGS  WERE DEVOTED TO WEB SITE CREATING  AS  GETTING IN TOUCH WITH A WEBMASTER WAS OUT OF BUDGET. THE AFTERNOONS  WERE SPENT DOING  HANDWORKS WITH MY UNCLE AND FATHER AND FINALLY THE EVENINGS STUDYING OR SWIMMING TO BECOME A LIFE GUARD. LUCK HAS GRADUALLY TURNED MY WAY AND THIS PROJECT HAS ENDED UP BY  RECEIVNG MY FRIENDS AND RELATIVES HELP WHO UNEXPECTEDLY POPPED UP JUST TO GIVE A HAND TO  ASSEMBLE  A DOOR, PAINT THE BAR, NAIL, GRIND OR JUST GIVE ADVICE. MY WARMEST THANKS GO TO MY FATHER AND UNCLE WHO HAVE BEEN TOGETHER WITH ME THE REAL “WORKING HANDS” OF THIS  PROJECT. ALL YOU CAN SEE INSIDE THE BAR   HAS BEEN CONCEIVED, MADE, RESTORED, READJUSTED BY THE HANDS OF  YOUR CURRENT BARTENDER AND LIFEGUARD. I NOTHING HAS BEEN BOUGHT IN IKEA OR OTHER COMMERCIAL PLACES.  I JUST WANTED TO PROVE MYSELF THAT TIME AND DETERMINATION CAN (ALMOST) REPLACE ANY LACK OF BUDGET. IT HAS TAKEN 36 DAYS AND 35 HOURS OF EXTRAORDINARY WORK TO TRANSFORM A  TOOL WHAREHOUSE IN A REAL BAR WITH A SOUL. A BAR WHERE HOPEFULLY YOU CAN FEEL THE PASSION, THE HANDICRAFT AND THE HEART WHO MADE IT REAL.

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