Acquario Romano, Casa dell'Architettura, Roma Esquilino

The Roman Aquarium, a champion of flexibility

Some buildings constantly change jobs, like temps with no permanent contract, destined to a life of change and uncertainty. The Roman Aquarium, for example, has proven itself a champion of professional flexibility. Despite its name, it was an aquarium for only a very short period of time, from 1887 to… more >

Siracusa, Fontana di Diana o Artemide, Ortigia - Syracuse, Fountain of Diane or Artemis, Ortygia

The Fountain of Diana in Syracuse and Arethusa’s metamorphosis

At the center of the fountain he created in Syracuse, Giulio Moschetti (1847-1909) portrayed Diana, the goddess of the hunt, in all of her calm and pride. At her feet, Alpheus looks on in amazement as his beloved Arethusa turns into a fountain: appalled by the river god’s erotic pursuit,… more >

Favignana, Sicilia, Hotel Cave Bianche

The sea and stone of Favignana’s Cave Bianche Hotel

The Cave Bianche Hotel, in Favignana, is set like a gem in the calcarenite that fleshed out the Neogothic Palazzo Florio – built in this same island in the Aegadian archipelago – and has the Art Nouveau profile of Villa Igea in Palermo. Between the walls cut out of stone… more >

Castello di Soncino, Cremona - castle

The Castle in Soncino: “Si vis pacem, para bellum”

Although the origin of the Castle in Soncino, Lombardy, dates back to the 10th century, the structure was renovated after an important peace treaty was signed in 1454. “Si vis pacem, para bellum”, the Latins said (“If you want peace, prepare for war”): perhaps inspired by this pragmatic adage, the… more >

Tempio del Valadier, Genga, Frasassi

The Temple of Valadier, a refuge for the soul

An elegant octagonal church rises among the pointed and beveled rocks of a gorge between the mountains: it is the Temple of Valadier, in Genga, Marche. The visual contrast is outstanding: the neoclassic architecture in travertine designed by Giuseppe Valadier (Rome, 1762-1839) – with the luminous symmetry of its eight… more >

Torino, Teatro Regio

Italy and China come together at Turin’s Teatro Regio

by Rino Alessi The Turin Teatro Regio Foundation, the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Ncpa), and Beijing’s Opera House have recently reached an agreement on exchanges and co-productions. The result is the first Italian-Chinese opera, Saint-Saëns’s “Samson and Dalilah”, directed by Hugo de Ana. In September 2015, Turin will also host the… more >

Palermo, Cappella Palatina, Palatine Chapel, Palazzo dei Normanni

A cosmopolitan king for the Palatine Chapel in Palermo

The Palatine Chapel in Palermo’s Palace of the Normans was built between 1130 and 1144 by the king of Sicily, Roger II (1095-1154). He was an educated man, raised at the court of the Altavilla family, taught by Latin, Greek, and Arab tutors. He was also a pugnacious man, who… more >

Franco Fontana, Full Color, Puglia, 1987 - Apulia

“Full Color” in Rome. Interview with Franco Fontana

Maserati A6 1500 Turismo, 1950

The Maserati A6 1500 shifts into gear

Chitarra Wandré BB Framez di Antonio Pioli e Fratelli Meazzi - guitar

The Wandré’s BB Framez, a guitar with soul


Sebastian and the emperor

Giovanni Boldini, "Cléo de Mérode", 1901

Giovanni Boldini and his Belle Époque catwalk


Angelo Lelli and Arredoluce table lamps

Luggage Label Riva del Garda

Riva del Garda: lakes, waterfalls, and suitcase

Poster pubblicitari con i bambini, Gino Boccasile - Children in advertisement posters

Gino Boccasile’s “baby ads”

Francesco Redi, “Esperienze intorno alla generazione degl’insetti”, 1668 - insect illustrations

Francesco Redi, insects and a kind smile

Aquileia, Basilica patriarcale di Santa Maria Assunta, mosaici del pavimento

The mosaics in Aquileia’s Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta

Ducati Cruiser 175, 1952

The Ducati Cruiser 175’s impossible challenge

Attilio Mussino, "Pinocchio", edizioni Bemporad, 1911

Attilio Mussino’s unconventional Pinocchio

Giuseppe Riccobaldi Del Bava, poster società di navigazione italiane

Giuseppe Riccobaldi Del Bava’s sailing beauty

Marco Biassoni, Animali

Marco Biassoni’s comical zoo

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