ITALIAN CULTURE AND TRADITIONS

Kartaruga and the fascinating history of Venetian masks

by Barbara Palladino Venice is renowned all over the world for the splendid artisanal masks that have become one of its icons, and Kartaruga is one...

Baron Ricasoli and the origins of Chianti

In Gaiole in Chianti, in the province of Siena, the majestic Brolio Castle is protected by walls up to 16 meters tall. Its imposing...

The Roar of Italian Heritage

Perfect for anyone who loves classic car mechanics, design and history, The Roar of Italian Heritage is a 100% Made-in-Italy travel experience by Italian...

Tipografia Portoghese: stopping time to focus on the future

Tipografia Portoghese – in Altamura, in the province of Bari – is located in part of the former convent of Sant'Antonio of the Conventual Franciscans. It...

Teatro San Carlo: a temple of opera and dance at the heart of Naples

After visiting Teatro San Carlo, Stendhal wrote in his 1817 travel journal, “Rome, Naples and Florence”, “There is nothing in all of Europe comparable...

Antica Barberia Giacalone: Deco Art in Genoa’s alleyways

Antica Barberia Giacalone is a historical barbershop in the city center of Genoa, a stone’s throw from the San Lorenzo Cathedral. It is a gem,...

Spezieria all’Ercole d’Oro: a gem between Venice’s calli

Venice’s perfume tradition has ancient roots. According to legend, it was Theodora Ducas – daughter of the Byzantine Emperor and wife of Doge Domenico...

Palazzo Mirto: a hidden masterpiece at the heart of Palermo

A unique historical building can be found in the ancient Kalsa district of Palermo, Sicily’s capital: Palazzo Mirto. This national monument is a rare example...

Glories of the past in Antonia Sautter’s imaginative world

Antonia Sautter’s atelier – at the very heart of Venice, near Piazza San Marco – is a slice of pure charm. It is a...

Mercato del Campo: Siena brings back to life the 1300s

On 1-2 December 2018, Siena will return to its origins for a weekend, bringing medieval customs and traditions back to life with the historical...

Five historical cafés loved by artists and intellectuals

Between the end of the 1700s and the beginning of the 1800s, cafés were a place for intellectuals, middle class, aristocrats and the penniless...

Panettoni by Giovanni Cova & Co. pay homage to masters of music

This year, historical Milanese fine pastry shop Giovanni Cova & Co. is dedicating its Christmas specialties to Gioacchino Rossini’s works, paying homage to the...

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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...