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The suspended charm of Mondadori’s Segrate headquarters

“The new Mondadori is in Segrate, in a building designed in the early 1970s by Oscar Niemeyer.” In his “Milano fantasma”, Michele Mari gives a...

The Carlo Mollino refuge: beauty is more than folklore

The Carlo Mollino Alpine Refuge in Gressoney Saint Jean, part of the Weissmatten ski resort at over 2,000 meters of altitude, was built in...

The Fountain of the Moor: a story of Popes and Tritons

by Alberto Manodori Sagredo In 1574, the two fountains meant to be placed at the sides of Piazza Navona – where the “Virgin Water” flows –...

Palladio’s Barchessa at Villa Pisani

Andrea Palladio was a the great Paduan architect (1508-1580) famous for the many villas he designed in the region of the Venetian republic, including...

Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera and Città di Castello’s Picture Gallery

The Municipal Picture Gallery of Città di Castello is a wonderful treasure trove of art, behind Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera’s fabulous façades, decorated with...

Villa Malaparte, rationalism and nature

Villa Malaparte, in Capri, is a gem of rationalist architecture conceived in the 1930s and completed in 1943. Critics are divided about who...

Turin’s Royal Gardens, a miniature Versailles

Before visiting Turin’s wonderful Royal Gardens, read author Giuseppe Culicchia’s short description: “The Royal Gardens are right in the city center, behind Piazza Castello. Surrounded...

The Pinocchio Park: great artists for a common block of firewood

The Pinocchio Park in Collodi (or more exactly Pescia, in the province of Pistoia), is not named after an expensive piece of wood, but...

Villa Almerico Capra, Palladio’s masterpiece

Located near Vicenza, Villa Almerico Capra – also known as La Rotonda – is without a doubt one of Veneto’s most famous villas. It...

Santa Maria presso San Satiro and Bramante’s perspective

The church of Santa Maria presso San Satiro (Saint Mary near Saint Satyrus), in Milan, was half finished when Donato Bramante (1444-1514), the great Marche-born architect...

Rebuilding the Bassano Bridge

How many times did the Bridge in Bassano del Grappa collapse? And how many was it rebuilt? Countless. The most famous bridge in Italy, also...

The world’s most beautiful Baroque, in Ariccia’s Chigi Palace

Ariccia, thirty kilometers from Rome, has a beautiful Baroque heart. A heart that started beating 350 years ago thanks to the creativity of the...

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The Great War Museum: history at high altitude

Author: Barbara PalladinoTranslation by Michelle NebioloOn the top of the Marmolada, at 3,000 meters of altitude, you’ll find the Marmolada Great War...

Palazzo Giordano Apostoli: neo-gothic inspiration

Palazzo Giordano Apostoli is located in Sassari’s central Piazza d’Italia. It was built by will of Giuseppe Giordano Apostoli in 1877, in...

Move To The Top takes you to the roof of the Dolomites

Author: Barbara PalladinoTranslation by Michelle Nebiolo On 4 July 2020, the cableway to Malga Ciapèla will re-open. Its short,...

Tenute La Montina, the realm of Franciacorta

Author: Barbara PalladinoTranslation by Michelle NebioloTenute La Montina is located in Monticelli Brusati (BS), in the north-east of Franciacorta, next to an ample...