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TRAVEL
The Artist Residency Program at Villa Lena, Tuscany
For anyone who dreams of Tuscany's majesty, there's nothing quite like Villa Lena—an isolated 1,200 acre hilltop destination, anchored by an 18th century villa-turned-hotel. Views extend across the countryside, offering woodlands and olive groves...
DESIGN
Italo Modern 2
The second half of last century was a golden age for Italian architecture, with many experimental buildings constructed in big cities, tiny towns and remote areas. These almost forgotten architectural masterpieces are explored with tenderness in...
DESIGN
Factory Visit: Cotonificio Albini, Albino
Visiting the Albini Group—a glorious Italian enterprise that specializes in fabrics for shirting—is an experience of contrast. It's a facility that feels futuristic, while remaining in the tradition of its deep history. It's a busy, mechanical factory...
DESIGN
Signs of Italy: A Book Exploring 200 Years of Outdoor Lettering
The true understanding of Italian life only happens in the squares where people love to meet and share, eat and drink—all while observing what happens around them. It’s not a stereotype, but Italy and its many contradictions, its grand beauty and...
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Spacious Luxury at the Aman Canal Grande Venice
For all its historical wonders, the city of Venice often warrants two frequent complaints: small hotel rooms and hordes of selfie-stick-sporting tourists packing the alleyways. Fortunately, the Aman Canal Grande Hotel offers reprieve from both. Situated...
FOOD-DRINK
Discussing Coffee with Marco Lavazza at the US Open
It's been a big year for Lavazza. Not only is it their 120th anniversary, they've also partnered with the Italian Pavillon at the World Exposition Milan 2015 and expanded their tennis partnerships to include a sponsorship of the US Open. We sat...
TRAVEL
Purgatorio n°2, Napoli
By Ross Belfer Whether misunderstood or embraced by visitors, Napoli (Italy’s third largest city) is a location immune to the rest of the world's fads. It's full of surprises—a giant, enigmatic metropolis overshadowed by the towering Mount Vesuvius...
STYLE
Factory Visit: Christian Louboutin
Since setting up his eponymous label in 1991, French designer Christian Louboutin's shoes have become synonymous with power, prestige and class thanks to their sexy, edgy design and extreme creativity. Lesser known is the fact that Louboutin produces...
DESIGN
Interview: Gabriele Chiave of Alessi
Gabriele Chiave is a storyteller. A designer for Alessi, Dainese, Foscarini and more, Chiave has lived everywhere from Dakar to Caracas, Rome and Amsterdam. Not only is his own existence rich with stories, each one of his works has its own. “For...
DESIGN
Mille Miglia: Racing in a Living Museum
by Michael Frank It’s 4:30AM and Des Sellmeijer is on a shuttle bus in Parma, Italy. He’s headed to the start of the fourth and final leg of the 2015 Mille Miglia, a 1,000-mile road rally around Italy that circuits from Brescia in the north, outside...
DESIGN
Storied Cars of Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2015
Determining highlights from Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este—one of the world's most exclusive car shows—is no small feat. The annual affair, hosted on the shores of Lake Como and sponsored by BMW and luxury watch brand A. Lange & Söhne, features a...
CULTURE
Venice Biennale 2015: Order and Chaos
Okwui Enwezor—the curator of the 56th Venice Biennale, themed as "All the World’s Futures"—has accomplished a very difficult task in selecting artists for this year's event. Famous names are exhibited alongside emerging artists in a colorful, bold...
CULTURE
The New Fondazione Prada, Milan
With over 100 years of history, Prada has long been respected for originality and subtle contradictions—and finding a visually striking balance between dichotomies is what makes the fashion house unique. Milan's Fondazione Prada complex maintains the...
TRAVEL
Vintage Bikes, Gravel and Wine in Water Bottles: Eroica California
Leave your Lycra at home, forget about carbon fiber, stop meticulously counting the grams of your new crankset and prepare for a healthy dose of fatigue. At the inaugural Eroica California ride—part of the Italy-based Eroica series of non-competitive...
DESIGN
Milan Design Week 2015: Lee Broom's Department Store
At this year’s Milan Design Week, British designer Lee Broom is presenting his largest and most mature collection to date. Known as “The Department Store,” this installation consists of 25 of Broom's newest pieces—from furniture to lighting and accessories...
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Le Collectionist's Italian Villa Giulia
For those not familiar with Le Collectionist, imagine a service much like Airbnb—only with 24-hour concierge service on-call and only the most magnificent hand-selected, and carefully approved properties around the world. From a 20-bedroom chateau...
TRAVEL
Milan
For centuries, Milan was at the crossroads of trade between the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. The city's skyline has changed a lot in recent years and is constantly evolving. Newly built skyscrapers dot Porta Nuova while the constant construction...
CULTURE
Arts & Foods at the 2015 Milan Triennale
Expo 2015 is rapidly approaching and the city of Milan is bubbling with energy and is ready to welcome the world. The main theme of the international exhibition is “Feeding the planet. Energy for life." with the majority of events from now to the...
STYLE
Eight Colorful Socks for Spring
Spring has almost entirely sprung in the Northern Hemisphere, and with the warmer weather comes the ability to show off your ankles. (Soon, legs and arms too.) What better way to celebrate cuffing season than with some fun, bold and playful socks...
CULTURE
Manufacturing Renaissance Pop-Up Book
Once upon a time, there was young tailor who decided to move from Naples to Soragna, a small town in the north of Italy. Thanks to his skill and passion, the tailor's little workshop grew and eventually became a factory capable of making beautiful...
CULTURE
Margot Bowman’s w.e.t. Exhibition
It’s a dark, rainy night in Venice and the stone floor of the Piazza San Marco is flooded, leaving people no choice but to cross the square on a row of wobbly wooden tables, raised high above the water. It’s the perfect night to launch digital artist...
DESIGN
Four Creative Clocks to Spring Forward
Daylight saving time, as we know it, is thanks in large part to one man in New Zealand who wanted a bit of extra daylight for his hobbies. George Vernon Hudson worked as a clerk at the Wellington post office, but his passion was in entomology, astronomy...
FOOD-DRINK
Mercato Centrale, Florence
by Ananda Pellerin When visitors walk through the sliding doors into Florence's Mercato Centrale they are immediately hit by the earthy smell of truffles. The intoxicating scent is emanating from the Savini Tartufi counter, where they have (among...
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