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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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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By Tatyana Parfionova, Russia
7 May 2014

Vicenza | Origin Passion & Beliefs

If you'd rather not miss Europe's biggest temporary indie fashion store, you'll need to be in Vicenza on May 11th. The window of opportunity opens for just one day, but it's the culmination of a 4-day event during which 100 young ... More

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Light and shade, Futurist and rationalist 2 May 2014

Albissola Marina | Casa Mazzotti

Ceramiche Mazzotti is a pottery in the little coastal town of Albissola Marina, about 30 km west of Genoa. One of many, because Albissola has a long and proud artistic ceramics tradition. Mazzotti, though, has one up on the others: a famous son who became a ... More

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Evergreen seating at Retrome 27 April 2014

Rome | Retrome

Retrome promises a good night's sleep and a dream-like vintage experience! Sandwiched between some of the most iconic monuments of ancient Rome and so within easy reach of just about anything you might want to see or do in this eternal ... More

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Vinarkia della Pavona 22 April 2014

Lucca | Vinarkia della Pavona

Fancy a little wine tasting after strolling through the narrow streets of lovely Lucca - or taking a loftier turn atop those uniquely intact city walls? No problem. Right on a corner of the main drag, Via Fillungo, is one of the ... More

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Introducing xfood
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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Ub in Florence 13 April 2014

Florence | Ub

Located in a little street near San LorenzoUb is what the French would call une adresse incontournable for anyone passing through Florence. In the age of globalization when even tastes seem universal, it's a real treat to discover a store as original as this, packed ... 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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