The way forward?

Fontanellato | The Labyrinth

When Franco Maria Ricci finally left the helm of his extraordinary publishing house, he told the readers of FMR magazine, quoting Voltaire, 'Laissez-moi cultiver mon jardin.' And he has, spectacularly. What he's created is a monumental maze, far and away the ... More

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Optimistic businessman Carlo Piacenza

Pollone | Piacenza 1733

A crisp December day in sub-Alpine Piedmont found me on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of what seemed more like an operating theatre than a textile mill, guided by none less than proprietor Carlo Piacenza and his son Vasiliy. Now the Piacenzas are ... More

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Andrea Berton at Berton

Milan | Berton

Andrea Berton is back, in person and hands-on this time, chef-patron of a brand new restaurant in Milan's glossy new Porta Nuova district. Ristorante Berton opened last weekend as expectations soared. Inevitably, this being the amazing talent from Friuli (and a tasty morsel if ... More

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The Merry Milliner of Florence, with merry me ...

Florence | Contemporary Millinery

Hat stands, vintage luggage, fabrics and accessories... There was no resisting the tiny shop front I stumbled on last week, right opposite Palazzo Pitti, so in I went followed by South African videomaker #mymark. The diminutive atelier and outlet is HQ to Antonio Gatto, ... More

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Clocking in at the Factory

Florence | In Fabbrica

Silver spoons, yeah. And knives and forks and candlesticks. The works. Or rather, The Works Canteen again, this time from behind the scenes. I was here in Florence putting together a new ad and decided to treat my talented South African ... More

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Dusk over the Resort

Labico | Some Resort

Impassioned chef Antonello Colonna is no newcomer to the Italian hospitality scene and his museum piece in Rome is already a classic. Now, almost 35 years after embarking on a vulcanic career when he took over the family tavern in ... More

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Carlo Mancosu and the Litteri brothers of

Serramanna | Sardex Trading

Not Italy's first complementary currency, the one launched by four Sardinian lads in a one-horse town not far from Cagliari just over 4 years ago, but to date its most successful by far. Carlo Mancosu is one of those lads (Giuseppe LitteraGabriele ... More

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Ceresio7, the décor

Milan | Eating at Dsquared2

Ok, so there's nothing b-side about the ultimate, uptown, rooftop restaurant just opened in Milan by Dsquared2  twins Dean and Dan Caten, but the launch did make such a splash - not least in the matching pools - during Fashion Week. It was always part of ... More

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Callipo, the tuna brand

Pizzo Calabro | Callipo

Pizzo isn't a place you just happen to pass through. But deep down in the boot on the Tyrrhenian coast, the old town centre oozes such authentic southern-Italianness you could mistake it for a movie set, with its narrow streets, piazza, shops ... More

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A MOG-ART ceramic stoup, 2012

Pietrasanta | MOG

Phallic art has a distinguished history, dating back millennia and extending around the globe. The human race as a whole, however, has appeared more reluctant to embrace the vagina - artistically speaking of course. Not so Morgana Orsetta Ghini, who lives ... More

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The view from the Dolce Vita apartment

Levice | Back to Nature

I recently found myself in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on earth. Scouting around with people who've now become friends (Elisa, Mauro and the other guys who were part of our troupe), my photographer John and I set out ... More

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Mik and Mac

Deep down in the boot

Urban Italy's been on line for just over two years now. I know I boast about how undemocratic the whole thing is, but that's really just the stubborn Capricorn in me that rears its head every now and then. ... More

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