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 >

Villa Conti Villino Sironi Civitavova Marche

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 >

Compagnia Marionettistica Colla e Figli Milano

Compagnia Marionettistica Colla and Napoleon’s boots

When Charles Dickens watched a marionette show, “The Death of Napoleon”, in Milan in the early 1840s, he was greatly impressed by the emperor’s boots, which were “wonderfully beyond control, and did such marvelous things of their own accord, doubling themselves up, and getting under tables, and dangling in the… more >

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The international grandeur of Bari’s Teatro Petruzzelli

by Rino Alessi The Teatro Petruzzelli is a symbol of both Italian musical excellence and architectural beauty and harmony; currently owned by the Messeni Nemagna family, it is the main theater in Bari, the fourth largest in Italy, and the largest private theater in Europe. The capital city of Apulia is… more >

Poecylia Resort Isola di San Pietro Carloforte Sardegna

Poecylia Resort, pixel-proof beauty

If you live in a constant rush, forget about stopping at the Poecylia Resort. Don’t even bother coming to San Pietro Island, Sardinia, if you cannot live without your cell phone and laptop. In this slice of paradise, just a few kilometers from Genoa’s old colony Carloforte – an enclave… more >

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Antica Legatoria Viali, a factory of unique pieces

Since 1891, Viterbo’s Antica Legatoria Viali has taken care of objects that Francesco Petrarca once said, “give us deep joy, talk with us, advise us, and connect to us with penetrating familiarity”; objects that, the poet from Arezzo continued, “bring laughter to our lips, or consolation to our heart”, and… more >

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

Giauli: reality and imagination carved out of wood

Giovanni Pintori, Lettera 22 Olivetti

Giovanni Pintori and Lettera 22: old copy, modern look

Antonello da Messina Galleria Borghese, Roma, 1475

The transparent mystery in Antonello da Messina’s portraits

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Jewelry by Giò Pomodoro, beauty to quell pain

Ferrari 166 MM spider Oblin

Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta: Oblin’s version

Marcello Dudovich cartolina lotta alla tubercolosi

Dudovich’s fight against tuberculosis

Franco Albini Margherita Armchair

Margherita chair by Albini: dream and rest

"L'altalena dei Pulcinella" (1783), Ca' Rezzonico

Giandomenico Tiepolo, Pulcinella, and the powers that be

Duilio Cambellotti, 1907, Targa Florio poster

Targa Florio, history and memory

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Giuseppe Maria Mitelli, art and odd noses

Riva Ariston "Swift II" motoscafo

The Riva Ariston “Swift II” and elegance

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Perforated paper for lemon boxes – from Sicily to the world

Ulisse Aldrovandi Natura picta

Ulisse Aldrovandi: an expert’s journey around the world

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Wickerwork from Sardinia: hands, plants, and beauty

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