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The Chianti Sculpture Park

In the Chianti Sculpture Park – in Pievasciata, in the province of Siena – there are houses in the woods, falling leaves, machines that trap time, islands and blue bridges… Since 2004, the installations by artists from over twenty countries around the world have filled with fantasy this seven-hectare forest… more >

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PENTEDATTILO, LEGEND AND LIFE

Pentedattilo sits inside a hand of rock, whose fingers are gigantic towers – hence the imaginative name of the village, from the Greek ‘penta’ and ‘daktylos’, meaning “five fingers”. A legendary, bleeding hand that has held in its grip epics and novels, like the ones inspired by the so-called “massacre… more >

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Bernini, symbolism, and a sweet conclusion: the Turtle Fountain in Rome

by Alberto Manodori Sagredo The beautiful Turtle Fountain (‘Fontana delle Tartarughe’, in Italian) is served by the same aqueduct, called Acqua Vergine, that reached the Trevi Fountain in 1570. It features four ephebes, in their adolescent nudity, each one holding a dolphin: the tail in one hand, and the head under… more >

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PALAZZO DELLA RAGIONE

Palazzo della Ragione is like a gigantic silver tortoise emerging from Padua’s skyline. The silhouette of the roof, covered in lead plates, resembles a large upside-down ship. The roof itself is from the beginning of the 1300s, but the building’s history started a century earlier, right where the market was… more >

Lago di Pilato, Montemonaco, Monte Vettore, Marche

Lake Pilate: charm and dilemmas

Sometimes, the “magic number” is two. Lake Pilate has two separate basins, only vaguely joined in a so-called “telescope” shape in periods of abundant rainfall. It is named after Pontius Pilate, who Dante places in Hell among the Uncommitted, who are punished for not deciding on which side of a… more >

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Villa Palagonia in Bagheria, folly and esotericism

Was madness or alchemy at the origin of Villa Palagonia, in Bagheria? Whatever the case, the Sicilian building is so extraordinary that Goethe invented the neologism “Pallagonic” to address a new aesthetic category, encompassing all deform, crazy, chaotic, and madly disharmonious works. Yet the person who had this bizarre structure… more >

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SUBIACO, RUINS AND BEAUTY

In Subiaco, the Abbey of Saint Scholastica now rises where Nero’s villa used to be. The ruins of the ‘buen retiro’ created by the emperor who went down in history as the destroyer of Rome welcomed, in the beginning of the VI century, the man who is considered the founder… more >

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Pietro Santi Bartoli, the artist who climbed the stories told in antiquity

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Garelli 50 Record: back on the racetrack

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Vintage posters for Sicilian citrus fruits

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De Chirico and three-dimensional Archaeologists

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De Chirico, Archaeologists, and dreams of the ancient past

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The Bianchina’s good fortune

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The freedom of Sottsass’s Totems

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Citrus fruit and brass stencils: Sicily in the world

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“Roman Holiday” and the Vespa “Farobasso”

Enzo Mari, "L'altalena", “See-Saw”, “Belançoire”, “Die Wippe”

Enzo Mari’s “See-Saw”: rainbows and labyrinth skies

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Enzo Mari’s “puzzling” animals

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Sorrento and Torquato Tasso’s bright sun

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Canova, Hercules’s frenzy and Lichas’s terror

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Sergio Tofano and “I cavoli a merenda”

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