Visual Arts

Turin and Gianduja’s Carnival

Gianduja is a central figure in Turin’s Carnival. The backstory of this typical mask from the Italian Commedia dell’Arte has him hailing from Asti,...

A kissing masquerade by Luigi Scattina

Let’s celebrate Saint Valentine’s day and prepare for Carnival at the same time, with the kisses, masks, costumes and loving gazes in this series...

The Sola Busca Tarots: the oldest tarots in the world

The Sola Busca Tarots are the oldest Italian deck of cards in the world, and were named after their last owners, Marquis Busca and...

Bicycles by Osvaldo Ballerio

Towards the end of the 1800s, bicycles – known as “velocipedes” at the time – started to resemble modern models, mostly thanks to the...

Piedmont in the eyes of ski-loving illustrators

Breathtaking views, kilometers of snowy trails, and amazing landscapes you can only truly enjoy with skis at your feet: Sestriere, Sauze d'Oulx, Pragelato, Alagna...

Venice’s Museum of Punk – the biggest collection in the world

At the heart of Venice, on Piazza San Marco, the Museum of Punk is home to the largest private collection in the world dedicated...

His Majesty the Panettone, in advertisement posters

Panettone is a typical Christmas treat from Milan, now made by a number of companies all over Italy. A symbol of holiday celebrations, it...

Lana Gatto’s vintage posters

Yarns of the highest quality, craftsmanship and excellent Italian manufacturing have always been at the core of Lana Gatto’s identity. The historical brand became extremely...

The surreal, fantastic Jacovitti is on show in Aosta

Opening on 27 October and until 28 April 2019, “Il Mondo di Jacovitti” (“Jacovitti’s World”) celebrates the great Italian comic artist Jacovitti (1923-1997) at...

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...

Touring Club Italiano and Pirelli: crossing paths “on the road”

In the 1949 novel that defined the Beat generation, “On the Road”, Jack Kerouac wrote, “There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just...

Venice in billboards

Gustav Aschenbach, the leading character in Thomas Mann’s “Death in Venice”, gives us a very clear idea of what is must have once meant...

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After the slopes of the Dolomites, après-ski by LOOX

by Barbara Palladino LOOX is an après-ski hotspot, at the station at the foot of the Obereggen Latemar ski and trekking area in the Dolomites. It...

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...