Volterra, Alab'Arte, alabastro, scultura - alabaster sculpture

Alab’Arte in Volterra: alabaster and poetry

In the Alab’Arte workshop in Volterra, Tuscany, skilled craftsmen work one of poets’ favorite stones. In the “Song of Songs” – ascribed to the poet-king Solomon – the woman describes the legs of his beloved as pillars of alabaster, resting on golden pedestals. In Canto XV of his “Paradise”, Dante… more >

Mercatino di Natale di Bolzano, piazza Walther

Bolzano’s extraordinary Christmas Market

Bolzano’s Christmas Market is an event as extraordinary as Zelten, the typical Trentino-Alto Adige sweet made with almonds, pine nuts and walnuts, named after the German word ‘selten’, meaning “rare”, “exceptional”, or “unique”. The booths in Piazza Walther showcase Zelten and a large variety of other local specialties – Stollen,… more >

Lusiana, Scuola Guesthouse, Vicenza

Recreation time at Lusiana’s Scuola Guesthouse

Scuola Guesthouse, as the name suggests, is located in a 1920s building that was a school for forty years. Now a beautiful ‘maison d’hôtes’, it is managed with strong awareness for the memories and feelings it kindles for many of the people living in Lusiana, in the province of Vicenza.… more >

Sorrento, Vallone dei Mulini

Sorrento’s Mill Valley: life yesterday, life today

There was a time when the Mill Valley (Vallone dei Mulini) in Sorrento was bursting with life. The old cleft opened up into the sea, offering walnut, cherry, and olive tree wood to local craftsmen, ready to carve it into their excellent products. Sorrento depended on the milled wheat and… more >

Laboratorio tessile Giuditta Brozzetti Perugia

Laboratorio Giuditta Brozzetti and the music of looms

Giuditta Brozzetti (1877-1975), director of Perugia’s elementary schools, probably thought the noise made by looms was pure music. She heard it every time she went to work by carriage, travelling along the winding, countryside roads. She often listened to that hum, like the murmur of a stream in the distance,… more >

Roma, Mostra “Trevi, una capitale allo specchio”, allestita nel Museo di Roma in Trastevere

Rome looks in the mirror with “Trevi, una capitale allo specchio”

The “Trevi, una capitale allo specchio” exhibition, curated by Giuseppe Stemperini and Carlo M. Travaglini, opened in Museo di Roma in Trastevere a few weeks ago, and will continue to tell the story of one of the capital’s historical ‘rioni’ until January 11, 2015. Rione Trevi was named in the… more >

Cosenza, Museo all'aperto Bilotti, G. De Chirico, "Ettore e Andromaca" - "Hector and Andromache"

The Bilotti Open-air Museum in Cosenza: art on the move

Salvador Dalí ironic comment, The least we can ask of a sculpture is that it does not move, demands an ironic gesture in reply. Perhaps one could take sculpture on the road. In a way, that is what has happened in Cosenza’s Bilotti Open-air Museum, along Corso Mazzini’s pedestrian area… more >

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Autoveicoli pubblicitari lucido Ebano

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Società Anonima Antonio Volpe di Udine, sedia a dondolo, 1922, tecnica Thonet

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Lai, Linee Aeree Italiane

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Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competizione, 1948

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Giulio Bartoletti, Grand Hotel

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Fede Galizia, natura morta

Fede Galizia: beyond still lifes

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Music and vases by Fausto Melotti

Renzo bassi, poster pubblicitari dei motori

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Leonardo Roda, paesaggi montani

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Bernini, Bozzetto per Nilo della Fontana dei Fiumi, 1648 Ca' d'Oro, Venezia

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Ex Libris, Bruno da Osimo, per Gianni Mantero

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A star on two wheels: the Vespa

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