Gardens and Villages

The imposing Tower of Velate

Lombard writer Piero Chiara (1913-1986) figuratively reached the height of the Tower of Velate in a book where he tells how he met painter...

The harbor of Stifone, near Narni, and the chronicles by C.S. Lewis

Looking at the harbor of Stifone, a part of the municipality of Narni, in the province of Terni, our imagination is tempted to go...

Wine, music and the Middle Ages in Monforte d’Alba

Monforte d’Alba, a medieval town in Piedmont’s Langhe, in the province of Cuneo, has the fortune of being able to music events and concerts...

The Villa of Pollius Felix, protected by the gods

The Villa of Pollius Felix, on the tip of the Capo di Sorrento, was mentioned in ancient literature by Publius Papinius Statius (Naples, ca....

Ortignano Raggiolo and the Mona Lisa’s bridge

Ortignano Raggiolo, a small town in the province of Arezzo, is at the end of a long and narrow valley where the Teggina, an...

Radicofani: bandits, spectral taverns and beauty

In the Orcia Valley, near Siena, Radicofani is a beautiful medieval town where Ghino di Tacco, a Tuscan bandit well known for his truculence and his...

Trieste’s garden at Villa Revoltella

Villa Revoltella, in Trieste, is named after Venetian entrepreneur Pasquale Revoltella (1795-1869), who bequeathed it to the city he loved, with the clause it...

Belmonte Calabro and the passion of seven young men

In a recent interview with Italian daily newspaper “la Repubblica”, Giuseppe Suriano – one of the seven young entrepreneurs who have brought back to...

The library of the Società Geografica Italiana

The Società Geografica Italiana (Italian Geographical Society) is headquartered in the beautiful 17th-century building that was once the residence of Duke Ciriaco Mattei, a...

Five homes for five great Italian authors

Here is a selection of images from the homes of five of the most important Italian authors of all time: Dante Alighieri (Florence, between 21 May...

The Woods of Sasseto and Edward’s final resting place

Walk between the invisible burrows of hedgehogs, badgers and martens; lose yourself between shady glades and huge beech trees with intricate roots; rest against...

Ginosa, a town of shrewd condottieri and pensive olive trees

The town of Ginosa, in the province of Taranto, Apulia, is surrounded by sea and ravines, plains and hills, vineyards and olive groves: a...

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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...