Architecture

The Staffarda Abbey: Piedmont’s crown jewel

Welcome to Staffarda di Revello, in the province of Cuneo, Piedmont. The Staffarda Abbey (Abbazia Santa Maria di Staffarda, in Italian) was built here...

The Dinosaur House in Baratti

by Barbara Palladino Villa Saldarini in Baratti, in the province of Piombino, is one of Italy’s best examples of zoomorphic architecture, stemming from the creativity...

The endless charms of Villa della Porta Bozzolo

Villa della Porta Bozzolo, just a few kilometers from Varese and Lake Maggiore, is a typical 18th-century “villa di delizia” filled with galleries, ballrooms,...

Velona’s Jungle: tropical-chic atmospheres at the heart of Florence

by Barbara Palladino Velona’s Jungle is in the very center of Tuscany’s capital, in Borgo Ognissanti, just a stone’s throw from the Lungarno: a luxury...

Turin’s Academy of Sciences

Turin’s Academy of Sciences was founded in 1757 as a private scientific society; in 1783, king Victor Amadeus III of Savoy instituted it as...

Torre Truglia: between past and present, between the sky and the sea

by Barbara Palladino On a rocky bastion that precipitates right into the sea, Torre Truglia rises on the promontory of Sperlonga. It is a symbol of...

The skull with ears in the Church of Santa Luciella ai Librai

The Church of Santa Luciella ai Librai is a gem of architecture at the heart of Naples, made accessible once again thanks to the...

Palazzo Bonaparte and Madama Letizia’s balcony

Palazzo Bonaparte – whose main façades look over Rome’s Piazza Venezia and Via del Corso – is one of the most important buildings by...

Palazzo Bonocore in Palermo

Palazzo Bonocore is a magnificent 16th-century building on Piazza Pretoria, (also known as “Piazza della Vergogna” – that is “Square of Shame” – because...

War and courtly love at the Castle of Avio

The Castle of Avio is one of the oldest and most evocative castles in Trentino, and rises from a spur on Mount Vignola, over...

Longing for beauty at Villa Dosi Delfini

Villa Dosi Delfini was built in Pontremoli in the late 1600s, the fruit of Carlo Dosi’s desire for beauty. Dosi was a man of...

Aldo Rossi at Palazzo della Ragione

Aldo Rossi is the focus of a new exhibition in Padua, held in a historical building that well represents the Milanese architect’s humanistic vision...

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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...