Architecture | Modernist

One of the Fountain frogs

Rome | Quartiere Coppedè

Any off-piste architectural exploration of Rome has to include the weird and whimsical neighbourhood which centres on Piazza Mincio, out past Villa Borghese. Though not really a quarter at all, more a sort of residential compound, it's known as Quartiere Coppedè ... More

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70s modernist Turin

Turin | IN Residence

Trawling for an alternative place to stay in Turin recently, Du Parc Suites beckoned. A stone's throw from the city's favourite public park - Parco del Valentino - on the west bank of the River Po, just about everything about this ... More

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Palazzo Lomellino

Genoa | @Home in the Rolli

Jogging alongside the locals on Corso Italia (the spectacular beachfront promenade lined with with Art Nouveau architecture), downtown aperitifs with the girls, dinner with Davide and the guys at Dindi in the cosy bay of Boccadasse; I was even caught eating fügassa with my ... More

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Pisacco bar

Milan | Pisacco Bistrot

An impressive recent addition to the mainstream drinking and dining scene in style capital Milan is Pisacco, gastro-bistrot in Via Solferino, on the edge of one of the coolest areas of the new Milanese movida in the northern reaches of Brera. Put ... More

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Ceramic-studded façades

Vietri sul Mare | Design Pottery

Vietri sul Mare is the easternmost pearl of the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, just west of Salerno. It's also the happiest possible hunting ground for anyone who's into ceramics. They've been throwing pots here since the 1600s. Industrial production still abounds, while the old part ... More

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Renzo Piano's Bubble at the Lingotto

Turin | Comunicarch Tours

A cutting-edge studio specializing in architectural communication, Comunicarch now does contemporary architecture tours in and around Turin. They're intended for architecture professionals, students and enthusiasts, and come in English, French and German as well as Italian. Architects Cristiana Chiorino and Laura Milan, who founded Comunicarch ... More

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Palazzo Apostolico Orsini, Lecce

Lecce | Baroque Weekend

The hidden courtyards and secret gardens of some of Lecce's most splendid historic houses are to open their hefty doors again this year for Cortili Aperti. On Sunday June 10, the singular Baroque style on display in Lecce can be seen from ... More

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Open House Roma: Palazzo delle Piscine, 1935-37

Rome | Open House

Coming soon, Open House Roma, in its very first edition and boasting an unstinting programme of architectural wonders open to the public for free guided visits, as well as architecture tours and related events, on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May 2012. Open ... More

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Off the beaten track: Quartiere Coppedè

Rome | Architecture Walks

Elena Morgante is prodigiously qualified to offer guided architecture walks around the Eternal City, so some of us are very fortunate that that's precisely what she's doing these days. She's earned a couple of Italian university degrees in the history of ... More

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Il Burchiello

Brenta Canal | Villa Spotting

For an agreeably different way of getting to Venice - or away from it when you've had enough - how about a cruise? We're not talking about one of those gargantuan liners that regularly dwarf the Palazzo Ducale and throw ... More

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The staircase. Photo © Marco Introini. FAI - All rights reserved

Venice | The Old Olivetti Shop

In 1956 the National Olivetti Prize for architecture was awarded to Carlo ScarpaAdriano Olivetti promptly capped this with a commission to design an Olivetti showroom in the heart of Venice. And Scarpa, who by this time enjoyed international renown, was indicted ... More

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Toby, a wooden toy by Vilac

Bologna | Toy Story

Some of Bologna's most charming shops are to be found in the bustling quarter around Via Oberdan, once part of a Jewish ghetto. Hoffmann is one such. The shop itself was designed by the great Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa, at the ... More

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