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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The Corner Townhouse 31 July 2014

Rome | The Corner

What news from Rome? The Corner Townhouse, that's what. Not just a hotel with food, or even a restaurant doing B&B, but a contemporary hospitality setup that has just about everything. To wit, 11 very smart rooms, a bistrot and ... More

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Marco and Antea 25 July 2014

Bagheria | Marco Herbertson

Q&A. We fired a few  questions at Marco Herbertson, creator of some of the most original designs on fabric this century and founder of Kinloch. Half Italian, half Scottish and still in his twenties, he lost his heart to a Renaissance woman of Sicilian ... More

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Guilty 20 July 2014

Milan | Guilty

The most conspicuous cabin cruiser in the Mediterranean boasts an Italian pedigree. It belongs to Greek Cypriot industrialist and manic art collector Dakis Joannou, who commissioned the design from Milan-based Ivana Porfiri.  It's the custom paint job that appears so preposterous - until you realize ... More

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Junk island 15 July 2014

Vicenza | Marillina Fortuna

Marillina Fortuna, like many of us, accumulates junk. Unlike most of us, she then makes good use of it. She makes art. Beachcombing was irresistable to her long before she began assembling the detritus she'd gathered. She just liked those various ... More

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Franceschetta 58 10 July 2014

Modena | Franceschetta 58

Low-cost Massimo Bottura? Well, sort of. Modena has an affordable alternative to his super-exclusive Osteria Francescana, 3 Michelin stars and one of the world's top 5 restaurants. It's called Franceschetta 58 and everything on the menu costs €8.50. Always in the avant-garde of Italian gastronomy, Bottura found ... More

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Suite 70 5 July 2014

Reggio Calabria | Suite 70

Probably the coolest B&B in Reggio Calabria, if not in the whole region, is Suite 70. And it's handily situated right on the city's main drag, one block from the seafront promenade and beach and two blocks from the Museum ... More

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The Bell lamp and more ... 30 June 2014

Milan | Discipline

Design brand Discipline got a mention here a few months back as outfitter of Milan's Pisacco restaurant, still a showcase for some of its signature furniture and lighting. It just shows the two enterprises share a predilection for warm, vibrant interiors replete with natural materials. ... More

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Aztec recipes 25 June 2014

Modica | Antica Dolceria Bonajuto

Modica, another of those spectacular late Baroque towns in south-eastern Sicily, has an uncommon connection with chocolate. Ancient Aztec recipes passed on, along with the crucial ingredient, by Spanish rulers whose kith and kin were busy conquering the New World, ... More

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Adami Sciuss 21 June 2014

Rovereto | Adami Sciuss

On assignment up in the Trentino last week, I found this crazy, beautiful shop deep in the old heart of Rovereto. It's called Adami Sciuss and most appropriately subtitled a different place. Primarily a shoe and clothing store, for both sexes, Adami Sciuss stocks excerpts ... More

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