Thank you Italian gossip magazine, "Chi", for all the deliciousness you have bestowed on us. This week's edition reports not only on Eleonora Abbagnato's perfect azz, but on the developing ~love affair~ between Pavarotti's widow of almost three years, Nicoletta Mantovani, and Bologna man, Filippo Vernassa.
One month ago the new(ish) couple went out of their way to state they were not hanging out. One month later, they just don't give a fuq. Forty-year-old NIcoletta was papped in a lip-lock with 36-year-old Vernassa (a "direttore organizzativo" at a Bologna-based theater) in the tranquil waters of seaside resort, Marina di Massa. Mantovani and Vernassa played with Mantovani/Pavarotti's daughter, Alice, and later took her to Aladin, the musical.
Hmmmm. 1990s' silver cross on a leather cord? Faded bicep tattoo? Grown man wearing Abercrombie? Love is blind or at least near-sighted and kind of forgetful.
Those old enough to remember (sorry, OC isn't part of that club) can time-travel back to February 1996 to the epic kiss between Mantovani and Pavarotti in the Barbados, caught by paps. Luciano was 60-years-old at the time. Nicoletta Mantovani was 26-years-old and Luciano's secretary. The pictures sparked a scandal as Big Pav was still married to his first wife, Adua Veroni (although he was allegedly in the process of separating).
Many more scans are waiting under the cut...including a grown man in an Abercrombie tshirt.