Osteria senz'Oste Valdobbiadene

Osteria senz’Oste: serve yourselves

The scroll on the table at Osteria senz’Oste reads “Serve yourselves and enjoy your tasting”. Nobody will come take your order at this old 19th-century farmhouse – among the vineyards on the hill of Cartizze, Veneto, near Santo Stefano in Valdobbiadene – but your host’s presence and thoughtfulness is in… more >

Fontana Fraterna Isernia

Fontana Fraterna in Isernia, and the “great refusal”

Isernia’s Fontana Fraterna is tied to two great historical figures known for a “great refusal”, to use an expression from Dante’s “Divine Comedy” (Inferno III, 60): Celestine V, the hermit monk Pietro Angelerio who abdicated papacy in 1294; and Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect of Judaea who, according to the… more >


The Antonio Ratti Foundation: a life for silk and art

“Homemade labor of long-gone days”: this is the first verse of a wonderful poem by Sicilian poet Lucio Piccolo (1901-1969), which goes on to describe the miracle of silk making in mulberry trees… The Como-born industrialist Antonio Ratti (1915-2002) knew the art of silk very well, in all the phases… more >


The Hermitage of Saint Bartholomew
and Peter of Morrone’s destiny

When Peter of Morrone started renovating the old Hermitage of Saint Bartholomew, in Abruzzo’s Majella massif, he had no idea what life had in store for him. He wanted a place where he could hide, pray, part from the outside world, and escape secular life. He had been a priest… more >

Moleria Locchi Firenze

Moleria Locchi: invisible wounds and transparent beauty

French poet Sully Proudhomme (1901 Nobel prize in Literature) ended his famous “Le vase brisé” (“The Broken Vase”) with these beautiful verses: “Though to the world our life seems whole, / The hidden wound is unforgot; / It grows and weeps within the soul: / The heart is broken –… more >

Hotel Parco dei Principi, Sorrento, Gio Ponti

Sorrento’s Parco dei Principi Hotel: art is always contemporary

White and blue: the signature colors of the Parco dei Principi Hotel in Sorrento dominate the surrounding landscape. They are the simple hues of the sea and sky, which have always connoted this wonderful corner of the world. They are eternally “contemporary” colors. Giò Ponti (Milan, 1891-1979) designed this wonderful… more >

Toiano paese fantasma

Toiano, where bells used to ring

Today, Toiano is a quiet place where wind is the only sound in silence. There was a time, however, when the deserted streets of this Early-Middle-Ages town bustled with people, and ringing church bells regulated daily life. In 1362, one of such bells was removed by the people of Florence… more >


Giuseppe Maria Mitelli, art and odd noses

Riva Ariston "Swift II" motoscafo

The Riva Ariston “Swift II” and elegance


Perforated paper for lemon boxes – from Sicily to the world

Ulisse Aldrovandi Natura picta

Ulisse Aldrovandi: an expert’s journey around the world


Wickerwork from Sardinia: hands, plants, and beauty


Sergio Tofano’s Signor Bonaventura: there is hope for all good men

Alfa Romeo TZ1 Zagato 1965

The Alfa Romeo TZ1: fluid dynamics and design


A dive into the future: interview with Nino Migliori


The art of Italian serenades

Ribbon Chair Cesare Leonardi Franca Stagi 1961

The Ribbon-Chair by Leonardi and Stagi: a fiberglass idea

Fiat Turbina 1954

The Fiat Turbina’s tricolor tailfins

Ardengo Soffici "BÏF§ZF+18. Simultaneità e chimismi lirici", 1915

The irreconcilable couplings in Soffici’s collages

Adolfo-Wildt "Un Rosario", 1915

Adolfo Wildt’s masks of human pain

Eko Vox Tornado chitarra italiana

The Eko Vox Tornado’s “Italian invasion”

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