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Mario Berta Battiloro’s Venetian splendor

“Gold to fire / proves its every splendor”: Pindar wrote these verses (Nemean IV) to describe the victories of young fighter Timisarchus of Aegina,...

Glories of the past in Antonia Sautter’s imaginative world

Antonia Sautter’s atelier – at the very heart of Venice, near Piazza San Marco – is a slice of pure charm. It is a...

Distilleria Le Crode, distilling grappa according to tradition

Distilleria Le Crode – located along river Piave, between Valdobbiadene and Feltre – is one of the few remaining plants in Italy to uphold...

The art of clouds by Alberto Valese

Some people keep their head in the clouds so they can create wonders – and Alberto Valese is one of them. A few decades...

The Color Library at the Orsoni Glassworks

Orsoni is a dive into color, in a kaleidoscopic whirlwind of hues ready to spark a twinkle in your eye. This historical Venice glassworks...

The Opificio delle Pietre Dure Museum in Florence

Marble, porphyry, granite, alberese stone, limestone, flowered, cotognino and Egyptian alabaster, lapis lazuli, rock crystal, jasper, agate... each precious stone has an exotic name...

Cantina Santa Margherita, work and wine

On an elegant plaque at the entrance of the Vittorio Emanuele Marzotto Center, the Marzotto family’s Latin motto – “Sua texit labor fata” –...

Castagnari accordions and Leopardi’s music

Giacomo Leopardi considered music the most important form of art, because “The other arts imitate and express nature, from which feeling is drawn, but...

Solomeo, work and beauty

Solomeo is a lovely, small medieval town in the province of Perugia and the home of Brunello Cucinelli Spa, one of the most important...

The run-up to Saint Ambrose starts with Chiostro in Fiera

Milan welcomes the fall with three days dedicated to craftsmanship and art: from 5 to 7 October the Saint Eustorgio Cloisters will host the...

Gucci ArtLab: a celebration of business success and creativity

On April 19th 2018, Gucci inaugurated a new 37,000-square-meter center for 800 of their employees working in Scandicci: the Gucci ArtLab is the new...

In awe of hard work: De Cagna light installations

‘Per aspera ad astra’: the old Latin adage, meaning “A rough road leads to the stars”, seems fit to describe the hard work of...

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The wondrous Gothic, medieval frescoes of the Oratory of San Pellegrino

The Oratory of San Pellegrino is located in Bominaco, a hamlet not far from Caporciano, in the province of L'Aquila. It was probably commissioned...

LUMEN: a museum of photography, 2,275 meters up high

by Barbara Palladino On the top of the Kronplatz (or Plan de Corones), near Brunico (Bolzano) – an enchanted place that only the mountains could create...

Sicilian Moor heads: a legend of universal love

by Barbara Palladino “Moor heads” or “teste di moro” are colorful, ceramic vases that represent the face of a man and a woman, with a...

A legend of love at the castle of Torrechiara, “nunc et semper”

by Barbara Palladino The Castle of Torrechiara rises next to the medieval town of the same name in Langhirano, in the province of Parma. On its...