Zanna the Romantic Italian Poet Talk Radio host at Italian.FM
was born Italian, but I decided to become American!"
A Renaissance man, with
the privilege to have lived 2 lives.
One as an Italian, the other one as an American.
is more than just a Songwriter or a talk Radio Host.
Since he came to America he wrote more than 100 songs.
But besides his musical talent, Zanna in his past life he has been a
Music Manager, one of the youngest Music Magazine Publisher in Italy,
a successful Internet Developer, Roman Gladiator fighter, the first
Roman Gladiator cook in the US with his Spartacus Cooking show, Wind
surf instructor, World traveler, Rifleman... Romantic Poet...
A Constitutional Activist against the New World Order and every tyranny!
the Italian Poet Dante went to political exile in the XII Century, thus
an Italian poet of our times has chosen the voluntary exile and a new
adoptive Country... America!
Luca Zanna, was born in Rome Italy.
Luca's unusual adult experience was the outgrowth of an unconventional
childhood. He was born in Rome, Italy, and raised in the seacoast city
of Anzio, one of the most pivotal places in the outcome of World War
II. There, he spent much time with his maternal grandfather that he
would often playfully sing to Luca about Arizona (Il
Tango delle Capinere), where the young boy never imagined he would
one day make his home. Living near the sea, Luca learned the love of
freedom and wide open places, surfing and swimming almost daily. He
also learned the price of freedom, on his many visits to the Cemetery
of American Soldiers in Nettuno.
Ironically, he soon went to a Rome boarding school (Convitto
Nazionale), in preparation for the day when he, too would enter
the military academy (Nunziatella).
His academic education included Greek and Latin, but his social education
was even more profound. When at the Military Academy, a group of senior
students came into the dormitory at night as a welcome and ordered the
younger boys to lick their boots. Luca told them to go to hell, and
he began the battle with all the boys joining, until the "elders" gave
up in shock, because Zanna's refusal to submit to obey their orders
and to submit.
WWII Zanna's family was under German occupation and they were liberated
by American soldiers, so he always grew up with the respect and the
admiration of American people that sacrificed their life for his freedom
(listen to his song Thank
Since his first high school years Zanna was a supporter of America.
During the Convitto Nazionale boarding school experience, around when
he was 14, Luca discovered music;
From that point on, Luca instead than playing soccer (he hated it),
he started to write songs, lyrics and taught himself how to play a little
bit of guitar, bass, drum and everything that makes noise. The brain
was and it is his main musical instrument.
As a junior high student, Luca studied Ancient Latin and Ancient Greek.
He also discovered a love for the great Italian poets of the classical
past, like Ovidio, Catullo, Dante, Petrarca, D'Annunzio and…
He admired their ability to transmit feelings and pictures in a few
brief phrases as a way to fight for what they believed in whether it
be love or politics.
Every spare moment, instead of playing soccer, he wrote poetry and he
one day to become an American.
At 16 he joined the Military Academy of Nunziatella in Naples.
On the weekends, when most of the other boys would return home, Luca
remained alone in the dormitory because he was most of the time punished
for his rebellious character and his refusal to being bullied by his
After his Classic High School graduation, he was a drop
out at Rome University Law school, since he knew that he was wasting
his time in Italy... he wanted one day to be an American! After a past
of world traveling and windsurfing (South Pacific, Polynesia, Fiiji,
Samoa, Canarias Islands...), before he legally emigrated to America,
in Italy Zanna was one of the youngest Publisher of the Music Business
Magazine (Contatto Discografico), he published music books (Vocal method
of Elizabeth Sabine, the vocal coach of several rockstars from Hollywood
like Megadeth and Axl Rose), Music Manager and Music Producer (he produced
Oppressed by an unjust socialist system where there are not individual
rights, but just government's privileges, and an unjust tax system (pretty
much like now it's here in America), at 28 he had an identity crisis,
and he decided to shut down his business and live on the streets of
Rome as a Roman Gladiator taking picture for tourists!
He spent 15 months on the streets of Rome organizing also the first
Roman Gladiators historical fights for exclusive Hotels and Restaurants.
Finally he made his big step: he went to the US Embassy in via Veneto
where successfully got a Visa to come to AMERICA!
He legally emigrated to America the October 1998.
Now he lives in a ranch Arizona, after have fled California, that is
becoming more and more as the Italy that he emigrated from: corruption,
socialism, Illegal aliens, no God given rights and of course no Second
More about Gianluca Zanna go to Zanna.US