Vittoria Puccini and Giuseppe Zeno on Ponte Pietra

Ivan Cotroneo's tv series While I was away, starring Vittoria Puccini and directed by Michele Soavi, is going to be broadcasted for the first time on thursday 28 of March 2019 at 9.25pm on Rai1.

The fiction is developed in 6 episodes and revolves around the themes of rematch, female rebirth and fondness.The main character, Monica, is a woman that fights not only to restore her memory and her lost role in her family, but also to reunite with her public and personal identity.

Puccini plays the role of Monica Grossi that, after fouth months of coma, wakes up but doesn't remember the last years of her life, neither the death of her husband Gianluca and of the presumed lover Marco, both dead in an accident. 
Catapulted in a world and a role that she doesn't recognise, marked as unfaithful and manipulative, as well as the indirect cause of the death of the two men, Monica is determined to discover the truth about what happened, in order to start over and win back the love of her two children.
The main footages of the fiction, in which Vittoria Puccini acts along with Giuseppe Zeno and Stefania Rocca, were filmed in Verona during the last september in some of the most evocative locations of the city, such as Ponte Pietra, Corso Cavour and Piazza Sant’Eufemia. The filming had the support of the town hall's Film Commission.
A lot of background actors from Verona took part into the fiction produced by Endemol Shine Italy, with the endorsement of Luca Sartori, handler of the shooting in Verona.


Bastione dei Riformati

Military premises and areas


Part of the city defensive system, they were built under the Venetian’s rule and successively strengthened, enlarged and adapted to the new defensive needs of the Austrian armed forces. Each bastion was externally reinforced with earthworks to better absorb bombardments, coated with tuff ...

The Arena

Monuments and historical buildings


This monument is the symbol of the city and it owes its name to the Latin toponym indicating the sand that used to cover the stalls. The Arena was built in the first half of the 1st century A.D. with white and pink limestone quarried from the Verona province area; it is one of the best p...