Palermo is definitely a beautiful city, both culturally and in terms of the everyday life here, and the locals’ zest for life. Those are the things I’ve been most struck by in this city. What has really impressed me about Palermo, is the amount of cultural property, such as churches, cathedrals and the monuments in every little corner of the city. The other thing is how full of life the city is. It’s something you feel every day here, be it at street stalls, at the market, the people that stop you at traffic lights. It’s the vitality and the interaction between the city and the people themselves. It’s a wonderful thing. For a guy from Bergamo, coming to live in Palermo hasn’t been difficult, at least for me. I’m quite an excitable and spontaneous person – I like interacting with people. So, I’m not your usual Bergamasco person. People have a different way of interacting in the south of Italy, particularly in their willingness to help each other, whatever the reason. That’s something I’m experiencing here If someone can give you a hand, some advice or any other information, they’re ready to do so. This word ‘redemption’ is something that links myself, Brignoli the footballer to Palermo. It’s a strong word, you must always remain balanced. but the idea of redemption is something that helps you to always give 110 per cent and to always give that little bit extra. Having a club that has invested in me, and which is showing faith in me, is a wonderful thing. It gives me a sense of responsibility. It’s a real stimulus. I’m focused in my mind, as is everyone here, on getting to June and achieving promotion, and we’re not hiding from that. The goalkeeper I’ve always looked up to is Gianluigi Buffon. There have been so many goalkeepers I could name, but if I have to pick one that has been a role model – also because I was lucky enough to meet him – it’s definitely Buffon. The fact I was coached, so to speak, by my father, even as a child, has led me to love this role. I used to see photos of him and his jerseys. It made me passionate about the goalkeeper role. I think much of the journey I’ve been on until now is down to him and to my family more generally. But my father in particular, because having played in that position, he understands many of the specific dynamics that go with it, more so than most other people. He’s never been invasive or nagging of me. He’s always said the right thing at the right time, more in a human sense than in footballing terms. Moving onto my dog. He’s a Labrador. I always had dogs when I was young, right from when I was born. He’s only young. It’s something I’d recommend to everyone. It’s amazing what it gives you. It almost feels wrong to call him an animal – the feeling a being like that can give you is priceless. It’s extraordinary, unique. I’ve been with Camilla, my girlfriend, for almost three years. She’s an important reference point for me, because I’ve always been single and I always said to myself that, if I were to get a girlfriend, they’d have to be modest and intelligent, and above all would need to understand my job, as it’s the biggest part of my life. She’s amazing in that respect. She always approaches situations in the right way, at the right time, and she’s also very mature for her age. She’s only 24 but is a crucial figure in my life. She has changed my life, I think. I feel privileged to be able to live two lives, in a way. Firstly as Brignoli the footballer, up to age 38, 40 or even 41. Then you can disappear, so to speak. I’d perhaps like to go into something different in future, culturally speaking, I mean. I’d like to discover a new world. Let’s see what happens. As for Brignoli at Palermo, my future is set out clearly. I need to have few distractions and I have a select number of things to aim towards: being consistent in my performances and results, keeping the margin for error to a minimum, to go through the season with the aim of being where we all want to be come June.