Why you should visit the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice
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by Alexandra Korey
1y ago
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A Day at the 2021 Venice Biennale di Architettura
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by Alexandra Korey
1y ago
Venice is a rare city that, despite being rather small and at the edge of a country, attracts international attention on a regular basis. Not only for its precarious ecological position and wealth of heritage to preserve, but for the presence of the modern cultural institution of the Biennale that regularly brings experts of art, architecture, theatre, dance, cinema and music to the lagoon. The first international art exhibition was held in 1895, and currently the years alternate between art (every two years), and architecture with all the other “arts” in the other years ..read more
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7 wineries in Umbria that are sure to impress
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by Kaila Terraneo
1y ago
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The Luxury of Venice, past and present
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by Alexandra Korey
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Hidden Secrets in Italy: residents reveal favourite places
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by Alexandra Korey
2y ago
I recently asked long-term expats in Italy – and a few Italians – to reveal their top hidden secrets near where they live. This was part of a chat on Clubhouse, the audio-only social network currently in Beta, where super-blogger Georgette Jupe and I have a regular chat on Sunday nights at 9pm CET called The Italy Club, and it was actually her idea to hit up our friends for travel tips to keep us dreaming ..read more
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Writing historical fiction: a conversation with Laura Morelli
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by arttrav
2y ago
Laura Morelli has recently published The Giant, a book that, ostensibly, tells the tale of the creation of Michelangelo’s David. But it’s also the story of Jacopo Torni, a much less famous painter who was known to be friends with Il Divino – that’s the part I actually find more interesting. The Florence inhabited by the two artists and their many colleagues comes alive through the thoughtful and informed descriptions by Morelli, who has a PhD in art history from Yale and has already written numerous books set in this period. As a long time Twitter acquaintance, this latest book seemed the perf ..read more
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Alberti Top 10: An Architecture Lover’s Itinerary
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by Allison Levy
2y ago
“It often happens that we ourselves, although busy with completely different things, cannot prevent our minds and imagination from projecting some building or other.” Leon Battista Alberti (1404–1472), the celebrated 15th-century architect and quintessential Renaissance Man, understood well the lure of architecture. But even the most active imaginations fail to do justice to Alberti’s magnum opi, so prepare to make a pilgrimage, be it virtual or physical! The following itinerary offers an unforgettable, transcendental face-to-façade experience of some of the most important and iconic archite ..read more
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The Most Royal Gifts: Bolognese Dogs in Painting
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by Carla Gambescia
2y ago
The very mention of “Bolognese” may rouse your appetite with thoughts of spaghetti sauce, that classic Italo-American comfort food, so it may surprise you to learn that Bolognese is also a noble breed of dog with a much older and far more distinguished provenance (or pedigree, pun intended) than the beloved sauce. Detail of the dog in Goya’s painting “The White Dutchess” Aristotle wrote of little dogs brought by boat, where they served as the ships’ mousers, by Maltese sailors to Magna Grecia, the name given by the Romans to the coastal areas of Southern Italy. Described as precious jewels, th ..read more
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Destination Italy online seminars from Context Travel
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by arttrav
2y ago
We’re all missing travel a whole lot, and if you’re a regular reader of this blog, what you probably miss most of all is the learning experience that you have every time you come to Italy. Although I’ve been here more than twenty years now, I still learn new things through traveling and taking tours with local guides – all of us can use a refresher every once and a while. For a number of years I’ve had a partnership with Context Travel that has allowed me to take any of their tours in Italy’s major cities and I’ve always written informative articles after those experiences; their “docents” (as ..read more
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Roccafiore Resort: when the Winery Becomes a Garden
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by arttrav
2y ago
I can imagine that the Garden of Eden might have looked something like this. Sunshine illuminating rich green carpets, abundant fruit trees circled by flowering bushes, tomatoes and basil planted together, dialoguing with the flowers and giving way to vines as far as the eye can see. We’re at Roccafiore, a winery in Umbria with a view towards Todi, where the vines meet the highly landscaped garden, inviting us in. For me, gardens are the theme that distinguish Roccafiore wine resort from others I’ve visited. The beautifully landscaped winery of Roccafiore in Umbria This was our first little ..read more
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