Sport

Maria Antonietta Avanzo, queen of motors

Baroness Maria Antonietta Avanzo (born in Contarina Veneta, now Porto Viro, in the province of Rovigo on February 5th 1889) was the first and...

Alfonsina Strada, freewheeling woman

Her name was Alfonsina. It ended in “a” like most female names in Italian. But announcing her participation in the 1924 Giro d’Italia, the...

The Mille Miglia Museum, telling the history of the most beautiful race in the world

Brescia’s Mille Miglia Museum tells the story of the most beautiful race in the world, which was first held in May 1927 over a...

Queen of speed: the Ducati 100 Siluro

In 1956, the Ducati 100 Siluro zoomed around the Monza circuit on a cloudy, fall Friday. The sharp, faired motorcycle designed by an aeronautical...

The Barcolana: October of sails, sea, and sky in Trieste

This year, the sails of the Barcolana are coming back to the Gulf of Trieste on October 2nd, with a series of interesting collateral...

Giro di Sicilia 2015

by Ron Miriello As we motored slowly through the town of Enna, Sicily I spotted a boy holding his father's hand, grasping a model racing...

Memorable stories in Ghisallo’s Cycling Museum

Reaching the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Ghisallo and the nearby Cycling Musem means traveling up a steep hill made famous by some of...

The Fiat S76: a roar from “Turin’s beast”

“La Belva di Torino” (literally, “the beast from Turin”) may sound like the title of a gory novel or horror movie, but is in...

L’Eroica California: Gaiole comes to Paso Robles

by Ron Miriello In the heart of Tuscany, in the small town of Gaiole in Chianti, lives a man named Giancarlo Brocci. In 1997, Giancarlo...

The adventures of Milan’s splendid Maspes-Vigorelli Velodrome

The Maspes-Vigorelli Velodrome has a long and interesting eighty years of history. The historical sports facility in Milan was built in October of 1935. It...

The Masi Special: speed and elegance for Antonio Maspes

The Masi Special was tailor-made for one of the 1950s’ world champions of speed, Antonio Maspes. Designed by Faliero Masi (1908-2000), it made its debut...

Targa Florio, history and memory

“And then you feel, / even if they keep telling to you you can / stop midway or at sea, / that there is...

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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...