We all want to be on cloud nine. We all can be on cloud nice. These days in Milan.
We all want to be on cloud nine. We all can be on cloud nice. These days in Milan.
Milan Design Week 2018 has started and, along with it, many antique and luxurious palaces have opened their doors hosting collections of contemporary furniture and lighting design.
This garden counts over 5,800 plant species. It measures 18,800 hectares. And you will need the whole day to explore it. However, besides a huge variety of acclimatized medicinal and fruit plants coming from different climatic zones of the world, it also has a spectacular view of the sea. And just like a cherry on the cake, an elegant orange villa rises up from this green jungle known as Hanbury Botanical Gardens.
While some associate Christmas with crass consumerism, Spanish architect Fernando Menis from the Canary Islands believes it’s a great opportunity to reuse discarded objects. To prove the idea, Menis designed Christmas lights out of recycled summer waste for the coastal town of La Oliva on the island of Fuerteventura. Colorful floats, surfboards, buckets, beach toys and even plastic bottles abandoned on local beaches will have a second life as very unusual Christmas decorations on the exotic island.
Genoa, the capital of Liguria, has the second busiest port and is the sixth largest city in Italy. One of the most beautiful cathedrals is found here.
Visiting Italian holy places, expect sights beyond human scale. Expect magnificence and the divine. Expect something outstanding and almost heavenly imposing. Expect pure beauty and the ornate looking down at you from above. It is in Italy, if fact, that you will learn the real meaning of a masterpiece.
Ever imagine swinging from the trees in a hammock made of plants? Spanish artist Ainhoa Garmendia is making the fantasy into reality. Her Naturalise installation features a hammock made out of soil-less living plants woven into a sturdy fabric. The piece is a statement that calls to fight our contemporary throw-away culture in favor of something lasting and living.
You won’t believe your eyes! Bright colors, neon lights and luminous installations that alter your visual and physical perception of space and time is now on show in Milan. Stunning “Environments” exhibition of Lucio Fontana’s works will bring you through surreal sequence of spaces: from totally dark and soft-lined, to dazzling, monochrome, seemingly infinite, or even tight and anxious nine rooms.
134 meters long by 48 meters wide, and surrounded by continuous arcades on its three sides, this giant piazza in Vigevano seems to be almost out of scale. It is really surprising indeed that such a tiny town possesses such a spectacular and epic city square. Impressive, however not only in terms of its dimensions, but relevant also for its stunning architecture.
Milan is a city synonymous with cutting edge fashion and design. These two distinguished universes weave around and within one another producing intriguing results. The exhibition “I see colors everywhere” promoted by the clothing brand United Colors of Benetton on the occasion of the last Milan Fashion Week and held at La Triennale di Milano is one such occasion.
Sometimes I wonder if Italy became such an artistically illuminated country thanks to its devotion to religion, or if it was Catholicism to be lucky enough to be found and developed in this country constantly and densely populated by artistic geniuses. In either cases the result is an endless number of masterpieces linked to the Church spread all over the “boot”. Literally endless as none of us will ever be able to see, to visit, or at least to hear about them all...
Milan is a capital of fashion, design, luxury shopping …and art. Nevertheless, we often associate this city with contemporary global culture. It is, no doubt, also the place where to enjoy classic Italian paintings too. Milan counts over 80 museums. Among these 80, the historic Pinacoteca di Brera is to be the best known thanks to its wide collection in which, Francesco Hayez, Caravaggio and Raphael are only some big names not to miss.
Have you ever dreamed of being a princess living in a castle? Well, I actually never had but visiting magic Dolceacqua changes my mind...
Italy’s biggest museum of natural history (which is also one of the largest ones in Europe), Museo Civico di Storia Naturale in Milan displays true marvels of nature. Huge shells, mollusks, dinosaurs, sea creatures as well as man our origins and evolution are all to be found in this incredible collection.
Some places seem too amazing to be real. Perugia’s Piazza IV Novembre is one of such sites. When you step on its ancient ground you will hardly believe that you are still in the 21st century. Full immersion into the antique atmosphere of the square made of marble details, white-and-pink color palette, and sophisticated ornaments typical of the Italian Medieval art will leave you breathless.
You’ve definitely heard of it. Perhaps you even saw it in some movies. And certainly you won’t miss it when you will go to Florence. Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) is among Firenze’s top sights and the pride of the city. It is an architectural prototype difficult to find elsewhere in the world today. It is a medieval stone bridge still preserving its original characteristic: real buildings with shops along it. Once it was a common practice, but nowadays it appears as a fantastic idea taken from a fairy tale.
If you are on a hunt for something very Italian and really ancient, this magic place is for you. Located only one hour far from Milan, Castello di Rivalta dates back to 1025 and features breathtaking architecture. You feel like you are in a fantastic fairy tale. Exploring the Castle, tasting traditional recipes and even staying in a century old suite, might become a very special and only-in-Italy unforgettable adventure.
Summer is visiting Milan and temperatures are as hot as the fashion. If you are in Milan and are looking for a cool place to relax after seeing the Duomo and shopping in via Montenapoleone, here is a good idea for you. Without going too far from the city, you can find a spectacular and cool (especially in terms of temperature but not only…) must see.
There is no better place for a wine lover than Italy. The majority of us get used to think that Tuscany is the number-one destination for such purpose, while actually it is far not the only region capable to lift your spirits up while bringing down into your stomach some unique and extraordinary wine flavors. A visit of the Northern Piedmont with its picturesque hills and infinite number of vineyards will give you a proof that magic white and red elixirs along with a unique travel experience are all to be found there.
This World Clock is something that every global citizen needs today. The simple yet incredibly clever device quickly tells you what time it is anywhere on the planet. Developed by Japanese product designer Masafumi Ishikawa, the tiny clock has 12 flat edges and a single hour hand. Each side corresponds to a city – and as you roll the clock from one side to another, the hand automatically changes its position to show the time in that location.
Lounging around in a giant nest might sound like something out of a fairy tale, but thanks to this eclectic design by Italian artist Gianni Ruffi, it can be reality. Italy-based Gufram just released this surreal, human-size nest called La Cova. Complete with two “egg” pillows, it isn’t just a piece of furniture, but a piece of art that lets you get away from it all.
If you are going to Italy, you will definitely ask yourself what is the best present to bring back home. Well, wine is good but you have already ordered a few bottles. Clothes are fabulous but other people's tastes and measures are hard to guess. Coffee? Pasta? Other food? …not exactly a good idea as we all want something really special and without an expiration date.
Italy is the place for the theater lovers. However it is not only about classic La Scala in Milan, San Carlo in Naples or La Fenice in Venice. Italy can offer also a very different theatre experience transforming an entire Medieval villages into a stage. This is an incredible case of the Apricale town in Ligura.
The Pantheon in Rome is one of the most famous monuments of the city and perhaps the most enigmatic building of the whole Italy. This splendid church dedicated "to all the gods" was commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD) and was finally completed in 128 AD by the emperor Hadrian. This makes this amazing construction one of the oldest examples of architecture we have on our planet today. Built about two thousand years ago, it is still there!
Balzi Rossi (Liguria)
Bussana Vecchia (Liguria)