by Ron Miriello The village of Radicondoli (Siena) sits on a hilltop, surrounded by forests rich with unique wildlife and spectacular views of Tuscany. Forestry and sheep farming fuel the local economy and authentic traditions of Tuscan life persevere. It is in many ways the same as hundreds of other small… more >


Grevi, a dreamer’s hat

Some say that dreaming of a hat is our brain’s way of hinting at the idea of rationality. Others say that if you dream of changing your hat you are about to embrace a totally new vision of the world and of life. There are endless interpretations of human oneiric… more >


The Truttmansdorff Castle gardens, where flowers do the talking

“Passing by” is a beautiful poem by Goethe that is perfect to accompany a walk in the gardens of Truttmansdorff Castle, in Merano: “I was walking / In the field alone, / And intended / To look for nothing. // I noticed a little flower / So very near— /… more >


The slow pace of beauty at Petrella Guidi’s historical hideaway

The historical hideaway in Petrella Guidi, Marche, is where you’ll find true slowness. Slowness: the “human rhythm” that Chilean writer Luis Sepúlveda described in speaking of his new novel, “The Story of a Snail Who Discovered the Importance of Being Slow”. “It is the exact pace, nothing more and nothing… more >


The Cloister in Monreale, a preview of Heaven

The Cloister in Monreale, and the entire Cathedral complex it belongs to, was built by will of a good man. Chronicler Riccardo di San Germano described the structure as representing “life and strength of the people; deliverance of the miserable, the poor, the travellers; stronghold of workers”. The man behind… more >

Varallo Sacro Monte

The Sacred Mountain of Varallo, the Jerusalem of Valsesia

by Giuseppe Frangi It all started with a good dose of realism, a typical trait of the Franciscans: once the Turks conquered Constantinople, pilgrimages to Jerusalem had become increasingly risk-laden. A Franciscan monk from Milan, who had been for many years with the Custodian of the Holy Land, pulled this idea… more >


Restoring leisure at Antica Barbieria Colla

“Razors and combs,
/ lancets and scissors,
/ at my command /
everything’s ready”, sings Figaro in “The Barber of Seville”. The voice of the leading character of Rossini’s world-famous opera probably ringed in the ears of the illustrious patrons of Antica Barbieria Colla, every time they put their looks in the trusted… more >


Signature Italian style with the Stilus 405


The Opera dei Pupi: champions of the imagination


Adalberto Libera, my father


Carlo Bugatti’s unique furniture


Sandro Vacchetti’s ladies


The divine light in Beato Angelico’s Annunciation of Cortona


The Laverda 75, gorgeous at 65

Filippo Romoli

Filippo Romoli and the Venuses of Liguria


Outside the box with Ercole Barovier

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The Ducati Raselet razor, close shave with success


The revolutionary tin of futurist books


Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Super Sport, high-performance elegance


Mailboxes: beauty in the mail

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