Berlusconi returns to his first love: writing songs
Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has returned to an old passion of his while recovering from last month's attack at a rally: writing Neapolitan love songs.
Mr Berlusconi also made his first public appearance since the December 13 attack, going to a shopping mall close to his villa in Milan. Reports said the premier spent about two hours in the mall on Thursday afternoon before going back to his villa to host a New Year's Eve dinner party.
During the attack, a mentally unstable man threw a souvenir statuette of Milan's cathedral at Mr Berlusconi's face, breaking his nose and two of his teeth.
Mr Berlusconi is working on a new CD of love songs with Neapolitan composer Mariano Apicella. 'La Stampa' newspaper said that so far eight songs have been composed.
The pair have worked together in the past, with Mr Berlusconi composing the lyrics of songs in previous CDs of Neapolitan ballads.
Mr Berlusconi often has said he likes to stay up at night to compose Neapolitan love songs. As a young man Mr Berlusconi used to sing on a cruise ship.