Architecture

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,...

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...

The Appiano House Museum, Sicilian Wunderkammer

The oldest part of Ragusa is home to six coffers full of 18th- and 19th-century treasures: the six rooms of the Appiano House Museum,...

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...

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...

Turin’s Royal Armory

The Royal Armory of Turin was founded when in the 1830s Charles Albert (1798-1849), king of Sardinia, began collecting weapons belonging to the Savoy...

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...

The church and convent of Saint Bonaventure in Caltagirone

The church and convent of Saint Bonaventure, built in the first half of the 17th century in Caltagirone, make up a monumental complex, full...

Unfortunate lovers at the Bardi Castle

Like all reputable historical fortresses, the Bardi Castle, in Parma, is home to a few ghosts. To be exact, it is haunted by the spirits...

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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...