L'Artigiana Viareggina, detail 22 October 2014

Montramito| L’Artigiana Viareggina

They're all over Italy and countless once you start looking, these craft factories and workshops turning out superb goods, some for the designer labels and others holding out under their own flag. L’Artigiana Viareggina is one of the latter. In the hinterland of ... More

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Hung by the neck as tradition dictates... 15 October 2014

Vico Equense | La Tradizione

Back to the Sorrentine Peninsula again, this time for one of the best delis in all of Southern Italy, amazingly located on a little road heading inland to the heights above Vico Equense. It's simply called La Tradizione, and it stocks Campania's ... More

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Freni e Frizioni 30 September 2014

Rome | Freni e Frizioni

Freni e Frizioni was the cool destination for summer nights in Rome this year, and still is as the nights themselves get coolerBeautiful people spill out in droves onto the piazza and occupy every available public perch within shouting distance of the ... More

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Portrait of David Lynch (c) Mark Berry 23 September 2014

Bologna | David Lynch

David Lynch: The Factory Photographs is the matter-of-fact title of a must-see exhibition that's just opened in Bologna. Best known as a filmmaker - director of both mainstream and surrealist successes like cult classic Eraserhead (1977), The Elephant Man (1980), Mulholland Drive ... More

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Al fresco dining with Riccardo de Prà 17 September 2014

Pieve d’Alpago | Riccardo De Prà

When I met Riccardo de Prà, up in the Veneto for one of our Digital Diaries, it was in capital circumstances: an amazing gourmet picnic, fixed and served by the charismatic, radical chef himself - all dressed up in jacket and hat ... More

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Feudo di Mezzo 9 September 2014

Castiglione di Sicilia | Planeta

Feudo di Mezzo is where the Planeta family, 17 generations of Sicilian landowners, launched their plan to become one the region's primary wine producers by planting their first state-of-the-art modern vineyard. That was relatively recently, in 2008. The district on the ... More

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Maison La Minervetta 2 September 2014

Sorrento | La Minervetta

It's a cliffhanger. La Minervetta clings to the sheer slope above Marina Grande harbour, and the suspense of getting there, on the stunning road carved out of the hillside that winds dramatically almost to the point of the Sorrento Peninsula, elicits several ... More

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GUM, the pomade 26 August 2014

Milan | GUM Salon

GUM: likely the coolest and certainly the most original hair salon in Milan, in trend-setting Ticinese neighbourhood just south of centre. This is where Stefano Terzuolo started up on his own after 15 years' experience with top international brands and a penchant for ... More

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Pepe in Grani 19 August 2014

Caiazzo | Pepe in Grani

The art of pizza-making reaches its pinnacle in a town of fewer than 6000 souls in the hills of northern Campania. The artist is Franco Pepe, his studio Pepe in Grani. The pizzeria, housed in an 18th century building in the ... More

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The new wing of the botanical garden 12 August 2014

Padua | The Botanical Gardens

The oldest botanical garden in the world has had a makeover. Just a little nipping and tucking for the historical parts of the University of Padua's revered Orto Botanico, established 1545. The real transformation of the UNESCO World Heritage Site takes ... More

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Green 959 5 August 2014

Monguzzo | 959

Paolo Ferrari still carries a bag he made over 25 years ago while studying industrial design in Milan. As a sort of talisman. It was one of the items he came up with for a re-design project entailing the use ... More

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