pharmaceutical and make-up

Restoring leisure at Antica Barbieria Colla

“Razors and combs,
/ lancets and scissors,
/ at my command /
everything's ready”, sings Figaro in “The Barber of Seville”. The voice of the leading character...

Erboristeria Melissa, a remedy for anxiety

Lemon balm is the popular name of a perennial herb called ‘Melissa officinalis’, which produces white-pink flowers and is widely used to treat anxiety....

The Officina Profumo–Farmaceutica in Santa Maria Novella

The Officina Profumo–Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, in Florence, was established in 1221, year of the death of Saint Dominic. It was indeed instituted...

The Mazzolini-Giuseppucci Pharmacy

According to legend, in the second half of the 1800s, the ancient Mazzolini-Giuseppucci Pharmacy, in Fabriano, was the location of regular freemason meetings. After...

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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...