Sperlinga Sicilia Enna

Sperlinga, where History stopped twice

In its constant progress, History with a capital “H” made a stop in Sperlinga at least twice. The first time was in 1282 during the Sicilian Vespers, when the soldiers loyal to king Charles I barricaded themselves inside the ancient town’s castle for an entire year; while the rest of… more >

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Rome’s talking statues: the original Facebook and Twitter (first part)

by Alberto Manodori Sagredo Political satire is today’s most successful form of comedy. Comedians – who have depended on gags, witty remarks, and jokes to make the audience laugh since Plautus’s theater in ancient Rome – have discovered that referring to common people’s habits, contradictions, and hypocritical behaviors is not as… more >

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Peppino Campanella: water and light

Glass is “solid water” to art designer Peppino Campanella, based in the beautiful old village of Polignano a Mare, Apulia, which rises on a cliff overhanging the Adriatic Sea. Campanella graduated in architecture from Florence University in 1988, and then returned to his hometown. He turned an abandoned oil mill… more >

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Palio del Golfo in La Spezia: let the race begin

The thirteen historic villages facing the so-called Gulf of Poets – from Tellaro to Porto Venere – face off at sea every year: the Palio del Golfo, an annual boat race taking place in front of the beautiful La Spezia, Liguria, will return for its 2014 edition on August 3rd.… more >

Civita di Bagnoregio Corte della Maestà

Corte della Maestà and Virginia Woolf’s happiness

Corte della Maestà, a residence at the heart of Civita di Bagnoregio, has a room called “The Writer” dedicated to Virginia Woolf. After entering a room full of books, in 1933 the great English writer noted in one of her journals, “I think I could happily live here and read forever”: she loved books… more >

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Villa Conti in Civitanova Marche, and Aida’s crypt

Count Pier Alberto Conti was madly in love with his wife, soprano Francisca Solari. The two of them are buried in the crypt of the neo-Gothic church deep in the park of Villa Conti, in Civitanova Marche. The couple rests together for eternity, like Aida and Radamès in Verdi’s masterpiece… more >

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The Missione Chapel, God’s mercy for our sins

The walls of the Missione Chapel (“Cappella di Missione”), in Villafranca Piemonte, still show the traces of an ancient Christian catechism telling the story of human frailty, and of God’s mercy for man. On the left wall, one late Gothic fresco – in the cycle mostly painted by Aimone Duce… more >

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Giò Ponti’s “La Cornuta”: Cold War, hot coffee

Ferrari 250 Europa Coupé 1953

Ferrari 250 Europa Coupé, power and elegance

Agostino Bonalumi

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Mauro Lampo, Alessandra Piller Cottrer, “La Terra dei Giauli”

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Giovanni Pintori, Lettera 22 Olivetti

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Antonello da Messina Galleria Borghese, Roma, 1475

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Duilio Cambellotti, 1907, Targa Florio poster

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