Theater

Spoleto’s Teatro Caio Melisso and power

The splendid Caio Melisso opera house in Spoleto was built in the second half of the 1600s, rising over the foundations of what was...

The Theater of Silence and music

The Latin adage that says “semel in anno licet insanire” – once a year, some craziness is allowed – could apply to singing at...

Modena’s Collegio San Carlo, beauty read out loud

The Collegio San Carlo in Modena was founded in 1626 as “Collegio dei Nobili di San Carlo”, with a mission to give a sound...

Genoa’s Teatro Altrove

The Teatro Altrove in Genoa – literally, “elsewhere theater” – makes us think of all the places in the Ligurian city where faraway places...

The seven smallest, most wonderful theaters in the world

Italian theaters are universally known for their unsurpassed excellence, especially since the “architectural revolution” that took place between the 18th and 19th century, giving...

Teatro Sociale di Amelia and the Marquis of Grillo

The splendid Teatro Sociale di Amelia – built in the late 18th century and designed by the local aristocrat Stefano Cansacchi – has been...

The 1700s’ Historical Theater in Villa Aldrovandi-Mazzacorati: it all started with Voltaire

The small 1700s’ Historical Theater inside Villa Aldrovandi-Mazzacorati, in Bologna, opened in September 1763 with a performance of “Alzire, ou Les Américains”, a drama...

A center for dance excellence where Collegno’s Steam Launderette used to be

In Collegno, in the province of Turin, a Center for Dance Excellence has opened in a former steam launderette, taking on “Lavanderia a Vapore”...

The Teatro Civico in Schio

by Rino Alessi The architectural gem of Schio – one of Italy’s main wool cities in Italy, in the province of Vicenza – is its Teatro...

Marionettes by Luigi Veronesi, for “L’Histoire du soldat” by Stravinskij

Luigi Veronesi (1908-1998) was a Milanese set designer, photographer, painter, and director. He created the marionettes we showcase today in 1942, for what Igor...

Ferento and the marketable war

Tradition has it that around 1172, Viterbo’s army destroyed the beautiful old town of Ferento, Lazio, out of fear it would expand. According to historian...

A theatrical masterpiece: Sabbioneta’s Teatro all’Antica

Duke Vespasiano Gonzaga – founder of the small “ideal city” of Sabbioneta, near Mantua – summoned Vincenzo Scamozzi (1548-1616) from Vicenza to ask him...

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Rococo luxury at the Palazzina di Caccia of Stupinigi

The Palazzina di Caccia of Stupinigi, near Turin, was designed by Filippo Juvarra and built in 1729; between the 18th and 19th...

Pietro Piffetti: the king of fine cabinetry

by Barbara Palladino His creations sum up every magnificence of 18th-century Baroque style: Pietro Piffetti was one of the most famous and...

Gabinetto del Segreto Maneggio degli Affari di Stato: a triumph of decorative art

by Barbara Palladino Inside Turin’s Royal Palace is one of the gems of 18th-century Baroque art: the Gabinetto del Segreto Maneggio degli...

Antonio Stradivari: the legend and myth of perfect sound

by Barbara Palladino The Stradivarius violin is renowned as the perfect musical instrument. Playing one is a dream come true for any...