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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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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Eco-house Cà Shin 15 June 2014

Bologna | Cà Shin

Back to nature in the hills just south of Bologna, with an eco-project steadily gaining ground, and acclaim, three years after its inception. Cà Shin is the brainchild of non-profit social cooperative Le Ali, founded by Bolognese architect Francesca Lenzi some 6 years ago. ... More

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La Scuola 10 June 2014

Lusiana | La Scuola

In the shadow of the Eastern Alps and overlooking the Vicenza plain is the village of Lusiana. With barely 3000 souls, clean air and breath-taking scenery in every direction, it's the perfect place for a mountain sojourn. And it happens to ... More

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Extra old and superior 6 June 2014

Modena | Acetaia di Giorgio

Now when in Modena, or indeed anywhere near, it would be a crying shame not to take in one of the temples of that prized condiment known as balsamic vinegar. Or rather, Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena D.O.P, which is of ... More

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The Atypical cruiser 31 May 2014

Monza | Atypical

Now here's a heartwarming tale of young artisanal spirit with a compelling vintage slant - even if skateboarding isn't your chosen sport, art form or mode of transport. Atypical is the brand, the name of a three-dude enterprise set up a ... More

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ACI room keys 26 May 2014

Ragusa | Antico Convento Ibla

Placid setting notwithstanding, there's an awful lot on the boil in the lovely Antico Convento dei Cappuccini in Ragusa. The sixteenth-century ex-monastery, later enclosed in Mediterranean gardens, is now fully restored and remodelled, first and foremost as a superior school of ... More

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Eye-catching fringes 21 May 2014

San Mauro Pascoli | Yuri

If there's nothing off-the-wall in the range with the Yuri brand, it's the softest top-notch leathers, the superb craftsmanship and the relaxed styles that set these bags apart. And yes, this is yet another of those inspiring family companies that's reached, ... More

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The alcove in Arco 16 May 2014

Mantua | Palazzo Castiglioni

After 20 hours on my feet, including two planes, six meetings in Milan and an infernal two-hour rail journey on a treno regionale, I finally got to destination: Mantua. Exhausted and half-asleep, I took a cab from the station to my ... More

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Interiors by Tanja Solci 12 May 2014

Milan | Carlo e Camilla in Segheria

Three creative partners - Carlo Cracco, Tanja Solci  and Nicola Fanti - and a dramatic vintage-industrial setting are the recipe for success in Milan's latest swank restaurant and cocktail bar. Carlo e Camilla in Segheria opened its doors a couple of months ago ... More

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