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posted By Home In Italy on April 16th, 2015

Luxury villa in the Tuscan coast

Situated in the great natural beauty of the Argentario coast, with spectacular sandy beaches, clean sea and yachting clubs, this villa has been recently restored to offer all the best comforts for a relaxing holiday. Particular attention has been put on the outdoor area of the property, with pleasant spaces furnished with wicker sofas and gazebo for outdoor dining while enjoying spectacular sunsets with the Argentario and Giglio Island in the background.

Main features: 15 minutes from the beach, private country setting yet close to town for basic supplies and restaurants, Wi-Fi internet connection, mosquito screens, mosquito nets, Dolby Surround system in the TV room, satellite flat screen TV, i-pod dock station, stereo, CD and DVD player, Home Theatre.

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posted By Home In Italy on April 14th, 2015

Expo 2015 Feeding the planet, energy for life

Everything is ready: Milan will be the center of the world, from the Expo Gate in front of the Sforzesco Castel on the Navigli canals, to Rho, the new city of the food. Until October 31st, we will talk about food as “energy of our planet”, with the participation of 147 countries, exhibitions, conferences, temporary installations, events and new metropolitan icons, as the Bosco Verticale, the two skyscrapers with more than 900 trees species and 83900 sqm of terraces, created by Stefano Boeri.

The theme at the center of the event

Food is nourishment, pleasure, taste, home, family, art, war, peace, affection, love and, most of all, “Food is Life”, for us and for the planet.
A unique journey not to be missed among people arriving from far away offering their foods, their cultures, their traditions, their shows. A journey that describes “a place where cultures, traditions and flavors cross between extraordinary architectures”.

The China Corporate United Pavillon at Expo 2015

EXPO will host four thematic areas, from the Pavillon Zero, which tells the story of man through his relationship with food, to Future Food District, which explains how technology will change the storage, distribution, purchase and consumption of food. The other two areas are the Biodiversity Park, a large garden where it is reproduced the variety of ecosystems which can be found on our planet, and the Art & Food, an extraordinary exhibition showing how the relationship between art and food has changed over the centuries.

The Vanke Pavillon created by Daniel Libeskind

Expo Milano 2015 introduces a new model of Universal Exhibition: not only a showcase of the best technologies for a sustainable future, but a global and interactive event with thousands of cultural occasions and entertainment both inside and outside the exhibition site. Shows, concerts, conferences, show cooking, workshops and exhibitions will transform Expo Milano 2015 in a big party with a chance to learn while having fun.

posted By Home In Italy on April 9th, 2015

Tartare of amberjack

Delicate and delicious, the amberjack tartare is an elegant and chic dish that will satisfy even the most discerning palate.
The unique taste of the raw fish with citrus fragrance combined with a salad of oranges and fennel is something superfine for those who love and want to experience a valuable tartare appetizer.
Amberjack, with its lean and delicious meat is perfect for this type of recipes and it perfectly matched also with the smooth taste of the avocado or with delicate vegetables like courgettes: its flavor is exalted but never covered.
The preparation of the tartare is very simple and easy: the only real strength is the freshness of the fish!

Ingredients
• 1 pink grapefruit
• 1 lemon
• 4 oranges
• 500 gr of fresh amberjack fillet
• 2 fennels
• 5 blades of chives (minced)
• salt
• pink pepper
• extra virgin olive oil

Directions
Cut the amberjack fillet into strips, then into small cubes and place them in a bowl.
Peel the pink grapefruit and the oranges: cut the fruits into slices and keep aside two slices for each citrus, to be reduced into cubes.
Stir the diced amberjack, add salt and 6 grains of crushed pink pepper, mix gently.
Grate the lemon skin and keep it aside. Squeeze half lemon and pour the juice into a glass. Add 1 pinch of salt, pepper and 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix everything thoroughly with a fork and set aside this citronette.
Wash, clean and cut the fennel into thin slices with a mushroom slicer.
Place at the bottom of your plate a base of fennel alternating it with citrus slices seasoned with a teaspoon of citronette.
With the help of four rings create 4 tartares and put it over the fennel and citrus salad.
Season with a dash of citronette, complete with a pinch of chopped chives and the grated lemon skin.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

posted By Home In Italy on April 7th, 2015
“Was it true glory? Time will end the arduous doubt” said Alessandro Manzoni about Napoleon Bonaparte in his famous poem “Il Cinque maggio”. But this is true for any great man who tries to make a mark in the history: only those who come after will be able to judge with due detachment. And this is even more true in the arts, where momentary trends might lead to big awards while the artist is alive but might inexorably forget his works once time allows a correct evaluation.
For this reason, it is very difficult to decide which are the greatest Italian contemporary architects: in the last fifty years, many Italian architects have been dominating the Italian and international scenes, deserving to enter our top five list. In the end, we have chosen five artists and we hope you will agree with us; if not, there is always space for your comments at the end of the article!

Renzo Piano
Born in Genova in 1937, Renzo Piano is without any doubt the greatest contemporary architect. His awards speak for him: he won the prestigious Imperial Japanese section in 1995, the Pritzker Prize in 1998, the Sonning Prize, the Compasso d’Oro, the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, and dozens of other awards around the world.
He studied in Florence and Milan and travelled in the United States and Great Britain, where he met his colleague Richard Rogers. The real breakthrough in his career came in 1971, when he and Rogers won the competition to design the new Centre Pompidou in Paris, which immediately became the manifesto of the so-called high-tech architecture.
Among his works, we can list the Old harbor of Genoa and the aquarium, the Stadium of Bari, Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, the Kansai International Airport in Osaka and the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, the London skyscraper The Shard (the highest in Europe), the New York Times Tower in Manhattan, the new Palace of Justice in Paris and the skyscraper Intesa Sanpaolo in Turin.

Great creation of Renzo Piano, the Shard

Aldo Rossi
An architect who died prematurely in 1997 due to a car accident, and perhaps for this in part today unjustly forgotten, Aldo Rossi is the only other Italian with Renzo Piano, who won the Pritzker Prize, in 1990.
Born in 1931 in Milan, Rossi approaches the post-modenism in reaction to the rationalism of his era, creating controversial works, as the Monument to Sandro Pertini in Milan and the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht. What is memorable of Rossi is his theoretical contribution with essays, articles and exhibitions.

The Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht

Gae Aulenti
Born in 1927 in Friuli from a family of southern origins, Gaetana Aulenti graduated from the Politecnico of Milan in the early fifties and started soon to adhering to neo-liberty and cooperating with many magazines.
She restructured the Orsay Museum in Paris, the National Museum of Catalan Art in Barcelona and Piazzale Cadorna in Milan.

Interior of the Orsay museum

Orsay museum in Paris

Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass, Italian-Austrian architect, known not only for his architectural achievements, but also for his work in industrial design. He graduated from the Politecnico of Turin and moved to Milan, where he started working with the Olivetti, drawing many electronic products. He collaborated with Alessi and founded the Memphis group, creating furniture, chairs and bookcases, which are now hosted in the best museums in the world (some of them are in permanent collection of the MoMa in New York). Form an architectural point of view, he realized various private homes in Italy and abroad, in addition to the interiors of Milano Malpensa airport.

creation of the artist Sottsass, in Maui

The Acme House, Maui

Massimiliano Fuksas
We decided to close our top five with Massimiliano Fuksas, very famous in Italy and known throughout the world for its achievements.
Born in Rome in 1944, he began working in Italy together with Anna Maria Sacconi, seeing his fame progressively growing throughout Europe, up to the realization of the University Brest and Limoges, the Vienna Twin Tower, the Fiera Milano Rho-Pero, the Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa in Tel Aviv and various projects still in process as the new Congress Centre and the skyscraper Piedmont region of Turin, which should be opened this year.

The Bolle creation by Fuksas

Le Bolle, Bassano del Grappa