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Sicilian carts in Mario Cuccia’s photographs

For years, photographer and documentary filmmaker Mario Cuccia has been researching Sicilian carts, as small and colorful icons of the island’s artisan creativity. With scrupulous...

The Easter Arches in San Biagio Platani: triumph for all

The Easter Arches – also known as Bread Arches – whose tinted shadows envelop the main street in the small Sicilian town of San...

The Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte: maiolica and fire

The Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte in Caltagirone is a waterfall of 142 steps, with each rise covered in beautiful, multi-colored maiolica. Local craftsmen...

Applied arts at “Artigianato e Palazzo”: twenty years of success

This year, “Artigianato e Palazzo” has celebrated its twentieth birthday. Since Neri Torrigiani and Princess Giorgiana Corsini decided it was time to do something...

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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...