Artigianato Vivo 2016

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Cison di Valmarino è un borgo delizioso della zona del Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, in Veneto, e fa parte del club dei Borghi più belli d’Italia. Da 36 anni vi si tiene Artigianato Vivo, una manifestazione annuale che con meraviglia ti trasporta all’interno di un tempo ormai dimenticato, con britole e sedie impagliate a mano, ma anche arte e gioielli più moderni che si inseriscono con delicatezza in un contesto artigianale di qualità.

Cison di Valmarino is a delightful village in the Prosecco of Valdobbiadene area, in Veneto region, and  is part of the Most Beautiful Italan Villages Club. Since 1980 here is held the annual Artigianato Vivo, a crafting event that transports you into a forgotten, enchanted time with “britole” and hand-straw chairs , but also modern art and jewelry that fit gently in a quality craft context.

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Artigianato Vivo 2016 non è il solito mercatino… Si possono trovare dei meravigliosi gioielli meravigliosi di recupero, delle intere orchestre in miniatura all’interno di una lattina di birra, oppure un pittore che dipinge con il vino rosso dei colli.

Artigianato Vivo 2016 is not the usual craft market … You can find wonderful upcycled jewelry, a whole miniature orchestra inside a can of beer, or a painter who paints with the red wine of the hills.

Visitare questo mercatino è stato stupefacente, non solo per gli scorci poetici in ogni zona di questo paese, ma anche perché il mercatino stesso si inserisce nel borgo come parte organica, che vive e respira insieme. Perciò può capitare di trovare un cortiletto in cima a una salita in cui si apre uno spiazzo con stand e bancarelle, o girare l’angolo e, all’interno di un fienile, trovare un altro artigiano che espone e lavora. Ogni cantone di questo borgo, ogni cortile, tettoia, stalla o aia del paese torna a vivere dando ospitalità ad una fiera che lo rende una specie di grande presepe dell’artigianato.

Visiting this fair has been amazing, not only for the poetic views in every area of this village, but also because the market itself becomes an organic part of the town, living and breathing together. Therefore it can happen to find a courtyard atop a hill where an esplanade has stands and stalls, or you can turn the corner and, in a barn, find another artisan who exposes and works. Every corner of this village, every yard, shed, barn of the village comes back to life by giving hospitality to an exhibition that makes it a kind of great craft crib.

La Dolce Vita #3: Who needs Versailles when… (part 2)

Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall of Florence, was given several names in accordance with the varying use of the palace during its long history. Michelangelo’s David also stood at the entrance until 1873, when it was moved to the Accademia Gallery. A replica now stands in its place. The Salone dei Cinquecento (Hall of the Five Hundred) is the largest and most important room in terms of artistic and historical value inside the palace. This impressive hall has a length of 54 meters, a width of 23 and a height of 18 meters. Paneled ceilings and large wall frescoes, golden decorations and imposing sculptures will leave you admiring in marvel. All the rooms are magnificently decorated by artists such as Michelangelo, Giorgio Vasari, Leonardo and Donatello.

Palazzo Doria Phamphilj, Rome

The Palazzo Doria Pamphilj is one of the largest and most magnificent palaces in the center of Rome. The seventeenth century palace is home to the Galleria Doria Pamphilj, a gallery with an exquisite collection of paintings and sculpture.

Palazzo Te, Mantua

One of the most beautiful villas in Italy and a masterpiece of the Mannerism palazzo Te was built by Giulio Romano between 1525 and 1535, as a suburban residence for Federico II Gonzaga. The Giant’s Room, covered in its entire surface by spectacular paintings, tells the story of the fall of the Giants from Olympus after their rebellion against Jupiter. The visual impact is so powerful that one feels as if everything is actually crashing down on them. The room has still got an interesting acoustics due to its shape, made on purpose to enhance the sound in it.

Farnese Palace of Caprarola

The Villa Farnese, also known as Villa Caprarola, is a mansion in the town of Caprarola, approximately 50 kilometres north-west of Rome. The palace, a massive Renaissance and Mannerist construction, is situated directly above the town of Caprarola and dominates its surroundings.

Medici Riccardi Palace, Florence

Medici Riccardi Palace is one the most important monuments in Florence, a prototype of Renaissance and Baroque architecture.

Palazzo Ducale, Mantua

The Ducal Palace Was the main residence of the Gonzaga family, lords, marquises and finally Dukes of the city. Under the Austrian domination with Maria Teresa of Austria it was called Royal Palace. The buildings are connected by corridors and galleries and are enriched by inner courts and wide gardens. The complex includes some 500 rooms and occupies an area of c. 34,000 m². It is most famous for the Camera degli Sposi (Wedding Room), a room frescoed with illusionistic paintings by Andrea Mantegna.

Royal Villa of Monza

The palace was originally built between 1777 and 1780, when Lombardy was part of Austrian Empire, for the Archduke Ferdinand of Austria. In 1861, when the new Kingdom of Italy was established, the building became a palace of the Italian Royal Family of Savoia.

Royal Palace, Genoa

Royal Palace, Palermo

The Palazzo dei Normanni (Palace of the Normans), is the oldest royal residence in Europe.

Quirinal Palace, Rome

Located on the Quirinal Hill, the highest of the seven hills of Rome, it has housed thirty Popes, four Kings of Italy and twelve presidents of the Italian Republic. The palace extends for an area of 110,500 square metres and is the 6th largest palace in the world in terms of area. By way of comparison, the White House complex in the United States is one-twentieth of its size.

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Palazzo del Quirinale

Palazzo del Quirinale

For an unforgettable virtual visit, look here

Royal Castle of Racconigi

The Castle of Racconigi is a palace and landscape park in Racconigi, official residence of the Carignano line of the House of Savoy, and is one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy included by UNESCO in the World Heritage Sites list.

Find the other lists here

Thirty and Fabulous – String lights for a friendship and a birthday

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A. is a dear friend of mine. We’ve known each other for more than ten years, and managed to stay friends despite our differences and some girlfriends and boyfriends. Yes, we have many dissimilarities, plus he’s a boy and that’s not helping sometimes, but we also have a lot in common: interests, witty conversations that not many people get or like, and a friendship to preserve with some “free speech” moments. It isn’t easy. Sometimes we walk away, we fight, we just disappear in our everyday lives like acquaintances. But then, his birthday.

A. è un mio caro amico. Ci conosciamo da più di dieci anni, riuscendo a rimanere amici nonostante le differenze di carattere e qualche fidanzato e fidanzata. Sì, abbiamo molte differenze, in più è un ragazzo e la cosa non aiuta a volte, ma abbiamo anche molto in comune: diversi interessi, un senso dell’umorismo che non tutti capiscono o amano, e un’amicizia da preservare con alcuni momenti di “discorso libero”. Non è facile. A volte ci allontaniamo, discutiamo, o semplicemente scompariamo nelle nostre vite di tutti i giorni come due conoscenti. Ma poi, il suo compleanno.

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Some years ago, at his birthday party, in order to show me his feelings about it he created a cozy corner in the big garden with pillows, blankets and a lot of string lights. Because I really, really love string lights and that was his gift for me. I still love that memory very much, it is a sort of “no matter how far away, we still care” reminder, and has been the beginning of a bright tradition of nights full of lights, so this year’s birthday card is a fairy light festival!

Qualche anno fa, alla sua festa di compleanno, per dimostrarmi i suoi sentimenti al proposito ha creato un confortevole angolino in giardino con cuscini, coperte e tantissime lucine. Perché io amo davvero tanto le lucine, e quello era il suo regalo per me. Sono ancora molto affezionata a quel ricordo, è una sorta di “non importa quanto lontani, siamo ancora importanti” memorandum, e quello è stato l’inizio di una radiosa tradizione di serate pieni di luci, perciò il suo biglietto di compleanno di quest’anno è un festival di lucine!

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If you like it, you can have it at a really bargain price here. I’m thinking about making it a summer party invitation… what do you think?

Se vi piace, potete trovarlo ad un prezzo scontatissimo qui. Sto meditando di farne anche un invito per party d’estate… cosa ne dite?

La Dolce Vita #3: Who needs Versailles when… (part 1)

Royal Palace of Caserta (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Constructed for the Bourbon kings of Naples, the Royal Palace of Caserta is the largest royal residence in the world with over 2 million m³ and covers an area of about 47,000 m². The palace has some 1,200 rooms, including two dozen state apartments, a large library, and a theatre modelled after the Teatro San Carlo of Naples. It was inscribed as a world heritage site in 1997: according to the rationale, the palace “whilst cast in the same mould as other 18th century royal establishments, is exceptional for the broad sweep of its design, incorporating not only an imposing palace and park, but also much of the surrounding natural landscape and an ambitious new town laid out according to the urban planning precepts of its time.”

Venaria Reale, Turin (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

The Palace of Venaria is one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy, included in the UNESCO Heritage List in 1997. One of the most remarkable projects by the architect Filippo Juvarra at the Reggia di Venaria consisted in the construction of the southern wing conceived by Michelangelo Garove. The harmonious proportions and the breadth of these new spaces, the sumptuous stucco decorations, the cornices and pilaster strips of the Gallery, would result in an architectural masterpieces of the 18th century. The Gallery, that connected the apartments of the King to that of the Crown Prince, is one of the most surprising and spectacular spaces of the complex: its magnificent decorations are the work of Pietro Filippo Somasso, Giuseppe Bolina, Antonio Papa and Giovambattista Sanbartolomeo. The size of the Gallery is also remarkable: 15 meters in height at the center of the vault, 80 meters in length and 12 in width. One of the peculiarities of the Great Gallery lies in the splendid light effects created by 44 tall windows and 22 “eyelets” (openings that are oval on the inside, but rectangular on the outside) on the ceiling. The resulting lights and shadows further enhance the rich decorations and the two elaborate exedras at the ends, never failing to inspire awe in all visitors.

Stupinigi Royal Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

The hunting residence of Stupinigi is one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy in northern Italy, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. It was the preferred building to be used for celebrations and dynastic weddings by members of the House of Savoy. Today the Palace of Stupinigi houses the Museo di Arte e Ammobiliamento, a museum of the arts and furnishings, some original to the palazzina, others brought from the former Savoia residences of Moncalieri and Venaria Reale. Stupinigi has the most important collection of Piedmontese furniture.

Villa d’Este,Tivoli (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

The Villa d’Este is a villa in Tivoli, near Rome, Italy. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, it is a fine example of Renaissance architecture and the Italian Renaissance garden.

Royal Palace, Naples

The Royal Palace of Naples was one of the four residences near Naples used by the Bourbon Kings during their rule of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies (1730-1860): the others were the palaces of Caserta, Capodimonte overlooking Naples, and the third Portici, on the slopes of Vesuvius.

Find the other lists here

La Dolce Vita #2: Who needs Mexico when…

Burano is a small island located near Venice, famous for its bright colours reflecting into the green water. Legend says that the island’s fisherman painted their houses so they could see them while they were out fishing among the fog… or they could go into the right house at night, while they were drunk.

If you live on Burano and wish to paint your house, you must send a letter to the government, and they’ll tell you which colors you’re allowed to use. This is actually a common issue in Italy, where historical cities have special rules in order to maintain their feature.

But if Burano is the most colorful place on earth, it isn’t the only colorful place in Italy:


Burano, Veneto

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Liguria

Portofino, Campania

Burano, Veneto

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria

Burano, Veneto

Sciacca, Sicily

Burano, Veneto

Ostuni, Puglia

Caorle, Veneto

Burano, Veneto

Alghero, Sardinia

Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Liguria

Naples, Campania

Burano, Veneto

Burano, Veneto

Burano, Veneto

Burano, Veneto

See the other lists here

La Dolce Vita #1: Who needs Caraibi when…

…You’ve got the Italian sea, so different eveywhere fom North to South, East to West in its 4,660 mi of coastline, islands and tiny archipelagos?
Every type of vacationer has its beach, with ports and fishing villages, nature and gulfs, fun and cities, immortal history. Charming, whispering to our soul. “Behold, the sea itself.”

 La Pelosa

La Pelosa, Stintino, Sardinia

Sardinia

Punta Torre, Costa dei Trabocchi, Rocca San Giovanni, Abruzzo

Caesar Augustus Hotel, Anacapri, Campania

Turquoise Beach, Sardinia

Sea Arch

Sperlonga, Lazio

Cala Mariolu, Sardinia

Alghero, Sardinia

moonlight in San Cataldo - Lecce, Salento, Italia

San Cataldo – Lecce, Salento, Puglia

Sunset in Caorle

Caorle, Veneto

Tremiti Islands, Puglia

Capri, Campania

Trieste - La Barcolana

La Barcolana, Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia

Capri, Campania

Lampedusa, Sicily

Gaiola Bridge, Naples, Campania

Jesolo, Venice, Veneto

Elba Island, Tuscany

See all La Dolce Vita here

La Dolce Vita #0: Index

Expo 2015 speaks Italian, and since lately my Country has suffered an ungenerous reputation, I just wanted to remember (and remind you) that it is, indeed, the most beautiful place in the world, not as a postcard, but as a fact. And it’s not mere luck, ours is a clever beauty: we are rich, if not in money, in art, history, tastefulness, landscapes, great minds and great bodies, all served with some unforgettable food.
I’m also going to joke about that, so please don’t get offended if I compare your Country to mine: it’s a game, and we can play it together, if you’ve got any ideas or requests of new titles to add.
This is the post where I am going to link all the other posts about my “italian resume”, so stay in touch!

Expo 2015 parla italiano, e visto che ultimamente il mio Paese ha sofferto di una reputazione ingenerosa, volevo solo ricordare (e ricordarvi) che è davvero il luogo più bello che esista al mondo, non come una cartolina, ma come un fatto reale. E non si tratta di fortuna, la nostra è una bellezza intelligente: siamo ricchi, se non in denaro, in arte, storia, gusto, paesaggi, grandi menti e grandi corpi, il tutto servito con del cibo indimenticabile.
E sappiate che ci scherzerò su, perciò per favore non offendetevi se dovessi paragonare il vostro Paese al mio: è un gioco, e possiamo giocare insieme, se avete idee o richieste di nuovi titoli da aggiungere.
In questo post linkerò tutti gli altri post sul mio “riassunto italiano”, perciò rimanete all’erta!

Who needs Caraibi when you’ve got…
Who needs Mexico when you’ve got…
Who needs Versailles when you’ve got (part 1)…
Who needs Versailles when you’ve got (part 2)…
Who needs Versailles when you’ve got (part 3)…
Who needs Rio when you’ve got…
Who needs Brooklyn when you’ve got…
Who needs history textbooks when you’ve got…
Who needs Route 66 when you’ve got…
Who needs Dior when you’ve got…
Who needs Victoria Beckham when you’ve got…
Who needs stylemepretty when you’ve got…
Who needs Vienna when you’ve got…
Who needs Coimbra when you’ve got…
Who needs Target when you’ve got…
Who needs Martha’s Vineyard when you’ve got…
Who needs Kate Moss when you’ve got…
Who needs George Clooney when you’ve got…
Who needs fairytales when you’ve got…
Who needs Mc Donald’s when you’ve got…
Who needs Hollywood when you’ve got…
Who needs Highlands when you’ve got…
Who needs Netherlands when you’ve got…
Who needs Notre Dame when you’ve got…
Who needs Adele when you’ve got…
Who needs Olivia Palermo when you’ve got…
Who needs Bath when you’ve got…
Who needs Starbucks when you’ve got…
Who needs St. Moritz when you’ve got…
Who needs mojito when you’ve got…
Who needs Dan Brown when you’ve got…
Who needs Einstein when you’ve got…
Who needs the Lake District when you’ve got…
Who needs skyscrapers when you’ve got…
Who needs Neuschwanstein when you’ve got…
Who needs nativity scenes when you’ve got…
Who needs Frida when you’ve got…
Who needs magic when you’ve got…
Who needs Aurora Borealis whe you’ve got…
Who needs Mapplethorpe when you’ve got…
Who needs The Arabian Nights (Le Mille e Una Notte) when you’ve got…

Coming soon

Holidays are over (and when I say holidays I mean Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Ephiphany, my birthday, my best friend’s birthday, my sister-in-law’s birthday and my sweet half’s birthday.. all between 20 december and 6 january) and I am coming back!
In the meantime, Befana brought us some glorious chocolate cigars.

Le feste sono finite (e quando dico feste intendo Natale, Capodanno, Epifania, il mio compleanno, il compleanno della mia migliore amica, il compleanno di mia cognata ed il compleanno della metàmela.. tutto fra il 20 dicembre ed il 6 gennaio) e sto per tornare!
Nel frattempo, la befana ci ha portato dei gloriosi sigari di cioccolato.

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A wedding in Villa Caprera – Part 1 (free invitations for you)

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I met this villa during a lovely event, a green happy hour full of music, photography and art, flea markets and some precious vintage sofas.

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You can see some bites of the event in this beautiful video. We have been dancing for hours, having a lot of fun. If you like folk rock, Men on the Moon is the band for your party or your wedding, really! An huge amount of dancing here!

 

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Villa Caprera also organizes beautiful weddings (I am gonna show you some of their works in another post), so… are you inspired by those mustard and green vintage sofas? I am! And I created an invitation set for you.

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You can download the free version for personal use, if you like it. In case you use it, I’d just like to see the result!   

 

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Here is the free version for you. You can ask me a pdf version, or you can send me the text you would like on your invitations: I will send you the file, ready to print! And it’s free!

Wedding invitation - free template

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Piece of chic #2: something blue

“I never thought you wanted presents of hard stones.”
“I don’t […]. You are not that kind of soldier and I am not that sort of girl. But sometime give me something lasting, that I can wear and be happy each time I wear it.”
Ernest Hemingway, Across the river and into the trees

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I don’t really think an engagement ring is a necessary step in a relationship or, for what it’s worth, in someone’s life. If someone had asked me, “What do you want more, a ring or a library?” I would probably chose the latter. But, honestly, now that I have one, I love the way my sweet half surprised me, thought of me (yes, I do have something in the corner of my eye) and the way things have changed since then.

In fact, I developed feelings towards my ring a day at a time. At first I was maybe just too astonished, excited and maybe embarrassed to focus, plus there was no champagne: we aren’t going to marry anytime soon. No deadlines, no need to announce anything, to make a private joy become public.
That’s not the point. It is: commitment. I promise to love you, to make you very happy and sometimes amused, to be by your side when you’re sad, and I promise to say “please”, “thank you” and also (when I’m old and wise and weird) “I’m sorry”.

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Having your future on your hand is constantly reminding you to be a better person, because he believes in you so much he decided to give you a ring. Don’t get mad so easily. Learn to do something new. Cook, care, grow, find a good job. Try to understand. Have time. Don’t judge, primarily don’t judge. Do you want to be right or do you want to be married?, Roger Sterling would say. I feel our love growing in a more aware, cozy way.

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But how does this new awareness begins? Well, my answer is: everything begins with the style.
Are my clothes a good match for my new ring? Is there something I can get rid of without pain? You’ll be surprised at how it is suddenly easier. Pick your colors in order to learn to focus on your priorities.
No more cheap jewelry, no more confusion, less is more: you don’t really need average people just to be with someone. Choose your special ones, and let the others flow away.
I’ve always wanted a blue ring, even if I didn’t actually want a ring. A vintage, sapphire ring. Don’t be traditional on your engagement ring if you don’t feel traditional, or be traditional – if you are – even if trend says “emerald this year”. It’s going to be with you for a long time. So, who are you? Just be yourself, because this is the beginning of the life you’re going to build. I don’t mind if everyone want diamonds, I’m a sapphire.

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I’m aware it is a societal construct. But Christmas trees, fairs, vacations and presents are societal constructs, and I love them. You just have to pick what works for you, and let the other things go: it’s the two of you now.

Yes, and the cat.

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sapphire engagement ring

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