Ub in Florence 13 April 2014

Florence | Ub

Located in a little street near San LorenzoUb is what the French would call une adresse incontournable for anyone passing through Florence. In the age of globalization when even tastes seem universal, it's a real treat to discover a store as original as this, packed ... More

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Under the eaves at Torre Palombara 5 April 2014

Narni | Torre Palombara

Lordly luxury in historic country-house style: that more or less defines Torre Palombara, a gorgeous manor dated to the 15th and 16th centuries in arcadian Umbria, now a boutique hotel. Owned and managed, incredibly, by the same family since its first ... More

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Good solid wood 1 April 2014

Cantù | Riva 1920

Another artisanal success story, that of the Riva family of Cantù. From the small joinery workshop started by grandfather Riva in 1920, they've expanded into a thriving furniture company ahead of the game in design and materials, without ever compromising ... More

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Probably the best pizza on earth 27 March 2014

Naples | Pizzeria Starita

Probably the best pizza on earth is the one you'll order at Starita, which is also everything you could possibly expect of a an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria. To start with, it's family run, always has been, by the same family for the last ... More

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A basket case 23 March 2014

Viterbo | Benedetta Bruzziches

Benedetta Bruzziches, not to mince words, is a fashion phenomenon, a design success story with few equals, a free spirit who's accomplished a meteoric rise to the very top of her chosen profession. Which is creating bags.   Quilted bags galore, ... More

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BariCentrale of the future 18 March 2014

Bari | BariCentrale by Fuksas

It could be a long wait before anything actually happens, down in Bari, but they do have a plan. A masterplan, in fact, to reconnect the parts of a city divided by the railway, masterfully drawn up by none less ... More

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Raro Design with inlay 13 March 2014

Naples | Raro Design

It may not be Italy's design capital, but Naples certainly has its fair share of creative talent. Take a look at the Raro Design shop, for example, in the old-money district of Chiaia. It's just brimming with colourful, contemporary, homegrown ideas for interiors. As befits a ... More

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Sporting memorabilia 10 March 2014

Milan | The Yard

Smart small hotel near Porta Ticinese in the city centre, The Yard is entirely designed around an original theme: sport. But don't run away with the idea that this is some cheap gimmick or - perish the thought - anything ... More

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Art by Claudia 6 March 2014

Catania | Maison Decò

Artist Claudia Corona runs a little B&B establishment in Catania, not 5 minutes' walk from the main drag Corso Italia. In a sizeable apartment she inherited from a famous grandfather (Sicilian tragic actor Giovanni Grasso), with the high decorated ceilings ... More

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Fanciulla, non accettare i miei fiori, 1992
3 March 2014

Foligno | Luciano Fabro

I've been gushing about art in general quite a lot recently, what with Arte Fiera and all, but here's something much more specific: an exhibition of drawings by Luciano Fabro in Foligno. No sculptures at all. None of those wonderfully solid, physical ... More

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