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posted By Home In Italy on June 6th, 2014

From August 1-3, the winding valleys of Massa Martana, Umbria will transform into a bohemian playground. The spirit of Italy’s golden era of art cinema and the sounds of London’s swinging 60s rock uprising converge this summer, setting the modern scene for the inaugural Umbria Rock Festival, Italy’s first three-day music and arts festival.

3 days. 2 stages. 1 community. Italy is the motherland of some of the world’s most iconic creations in art, music and cinema. And now it’s home to another cultural phenomenon that’s sweeping the international music community: the magic of setting up camp to completely immerse ourselves in a weekend of music, dance and like-hearted souls.

The Soundtrack. Fusing historical punk rock sounds with modern indie, Umbria Rock Festival 2014 is excited to announce an international lineup, featuring sets by the Kaiser Chiefs, James, Paul Weller, Basement Jaxx, Peter Hook and The Light, The Cribs, The Charlatans, Courteeners and more.

posted By Home In Italy on April 30th, 2014

Get ready for four days of Italian food, nutrition and agro-alimentary customs and traditions during Cibus, the 17th Salone Internazionale dell’Alimentazione in Parma, in the heart of Italy. This enormous showcase boasts workshops, conferences and events that familiarize professionals – both national and international – working in food and craft services, retail, and the hotel sector with the latest product and market trends.

This year, Cibus makes additions to its usual small and mid-size business, dessert and pastry, and large-scale distribution programmes, making room to focus on organic, gluten-free, kosher and halal fare.

In keeping with the themes of cuisine and Italian gastronomic specialties, participants and visitors from all over the world can enjoy in particular the dishes of Emilian and Parmense cooking, including the world-famous Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma, the mushrooms of Albereto and Borgotaro, Italian quiche and bread made at high altitudes. Cibus is also an excellent occasion to take on flavours and art itineraries of the city and its environments.

Parma and its fair district are strategic hubs from which to reach other locales like Piacenza, famous for its castles, or Modena, with its Romanesque Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Tuesday, May 6th to Thursday, May 8th – 9:30 AM to 6 PM

posted By Home In Italy on April 2nd, 2014

A large pool of 160 sqm dominates one of the most beautiful coasts of Sardinia. In front of the pool, the island of Tavolara frames the unforgettable landscape which varies in its intense colours by sunrise to sunset.

This is Villa Volpe, a comfortable villa situated only 15 minutes from the airport of Olbia, located in Northern Sardinia at Porto San Paolo, 12km South of Olbia and 40 minutes from the Smerelda coastline.

Villa Volpe is equipped with air conditioning, an outside Jacuzzi with cold water and last but not least the marvellous swimming pool, whose size makes this private villa very special. The nearest beach to the villa is on a 1,5 km distance and in the area there are famous white sandy beaches such as Porto Istana, The Reef, Porto Taverna, Brandichi the Cinta and Budoni, which constitute one of the most marvellous marine Protected Areas in Italy.

Porto San Paolo is an elegant touristic village, includes a small touristic harbour and a small centre which offers all kinds of shops and a dozen restaurants for everyone’s taste.

The 500 sqm villa is totally independent, surrounded by a garden of 6000 sqm shielded by walls and illuminated by 25 external lights. A spacious patio which covers the whole front view of the villa, is furnished on one side with sofas e chairs and on the other side with a table for 10 people, where you can eat by candlelight in front of the charming sea view.

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posted By Home In Italy on March 18th, 2014

Artisan tradition and a manufacture that combines industrial, manual and technological techniques have for centuries characterized and exalted the Italian art of glassmaking. A segment of the luxury sector and synonomous with Italian design, glassmaking on the Peninsula calls the Venetian isle of Murano its epicenter – at least since the 8th Century – Murano being the famous brand name that is known and imported throughout the world.

On Murano, packed with Renaissance-style houses and in part defined by its dominant white lighthouse, glass production stands as the highest expression of refined objets and furnishings. It is an expression realized over time by several dynasties of master glassmakers, passing down this art of transforming sand with air and fire, and maintaining an archive of knowledge that has been kept very hush-hush on this semi-secluded little island.

Some maintain that the glass arts hark back to ancient Egypt, whence the tradition arrived in old Rome for the purpose of adorning noble residences. Yet it was with Eastern and Arab influences that glass design and manufacture was further refined throughout the centuries. More specifically, such took place in Venice, but not in Venice proper – rather, on the outlying island of Murano, where the possibility of large and dangerous fires (as a result of the glassmaking process) destroying the Most Serene Republic was minimized.

The creation of objects in glass is rather complex, both materially and economically, which is why early on glassmakers enjoyed certain immunities and were allowed to possess swords for self-defense; the catch is they could never be permitted to leave the Republic, in the regrettable case that the secrets of the glass arts might be given up by any mode or means.

For this, Murano’s glassmakers held a tight monopoly on both quality and manufacturing techniques, including millefiori, crystal or lead glass, glazed, and milk glass, up until the re-discovery of ancient Roman glass, today’s murrine.

Murano is still the foremost hub of artisan labs for both artistic and mass commercial production. One of the standouts among the most unique, original creations are glass objects imitating precious stones. Of course many of Venice’s historic glass ateliers have become international household names, including Salviati, Barovier & Toso, FerroMurano, and Berengo Studio.

Tourists in Venice seek out the workshops of the grand maestros – that, by the way, assisted Picasso, Fontana and Chagall in creating their own glass sculptures. Here visitors can acquire light fixtures, goblets and chalices, jewelry and vases – thin as paper or thick like marble, white like porcelain or cold-painted.  Before visiting the Museo del Vetro in Palazzo Giustinian, witness the glassmaking of Murano in person to appreciate the expert techniques used to shape and form these works. Viewing the manufacturing process up close truly makes the final product come alive in a brand new way.