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18 April 2014

San Vito dei Normanni | ExFadda

As deeper southern regions go, Apulia is often deemed the exception: more outward looking and more resourceful. Well, take a look at what's going on in the vast expanses of an old winery in a small town near Brindisi. Frankly and ... More

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From Jain-Studio Mumbai ©Francesca Molteni 8 April 2014

Milan | Design Week 2014

Design Week in Milan kicks off today! Six days of furnishing frenzy irrefutably bigger and better than ever, and that covers both the mainstream trade fair at its regular Rho Exhibition Centre venue and the cutting-edge design events and temporary spaces of the ... 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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